On Tuesday, October 16, Lin-Manuel Miranda stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to talk about many things, including taking his hit Broadway show Hamilton to the U.K. for a series of performances. He noted that there are several differences between American and British audiences, which cause our friends across the pond to laugh at one line that U.S. audiences absolutely never find funny.
Miranda let Colbert in on a secret about audiences in England:
“They are super hung-up about sex, they giggle at sex stuff.”
There’s one line in particular, during the song “Wait For It,” that always gets laughs from the Brits. A character sings about “keeping the bed warm while her husband is away,” which has “never gotten a reaction in the U.S. before.” But, according to Miranda, the line is absolute fire in England:
“…when they sing that in London, people are like, ‘Wooo. It’s super Eric Idle, wink, wink, nudge, nudge.’ It’s really funny.”
Twitter found the difference in culture pretty amusing!
American audiences don’t get it… It’s such an old euphemism…
— Sam Grundman (@YodasWS) October 17, 2018
— Jackie Pepper ✊ ☮️ (@Jackie_Pepper) February 17, 2016
Hamilton’s U.K. run has been surprisingly successful considering it’s largely about the U.S. splitting with their former ruling nation.
@Lin_Manuel From all of us here in England, we hope you get better soon and we’re so sorry you had to miss the Oliviers!! Hamilton still did amazingly, so hopefully that’s reassuring. We love you! pic.twitter.com/SfsRtufrvr
— Presley (@seasnavi) April 10, 2018
— Alexandra Byrd (@AlexandraByrd) July 4, 2016
— Hollie Vent (@Hollie_v_) May 1, 2016
Perhaps Miranda’s vision of U.S. history will remind England of an America slightly more idealistic than what they’ve had to deal with lately.
How Will “Hamilton” Play in England? Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton” may present a vision of America as many Britons would like it to be when the hit musical opens on London’s West End later this month. https://t.co/QWRkOhSfqq
— Royally_Petite (@RoyallyPetite) December 18, 2017
hamilton makes it sound like england and america had a sub/dom relationship can @Lin_Manuel verify this???
— blath (@BlathNahOige) February 19, 2017
No matter the reasons, it’s pretty clear people in England love Hamilton nearly as much as people in the U.S.
— megan ✨ (@jjesusfoster) May 22, 2018
ok sorry but I REFUSE to go back to England when @Lin_Manuel is living in Wales….. I need to stay … I might even drive past him whilst I’m blasting hamilton every day
— ellicia (@elliciaroxanne) September 13, 2018
My grandsons, who live in England, are big Hamilton fans. They were thrilled to see the production in London — a birthday gift!
— Esther Erman (@EstherErman) August 7, 2018
entire hamilton musical: talking shit about england
me, a briton: FUCK YEAH HAMILTON
— franklinstein (@leohoratio) December 8, 2015
England should certainly be glad they’re getting the genuine article and not a cheap fan-written knock-off.
There are many floating around the internet and they’re…not great.
Am I the only one who’s imagining a scene where Lin- Manuel Miranda strarts singing Hamilton and then Emily Blunt tells him something like “Wrong musical, dude. We’re in England, for the Queen’s Sake!”?#MaryPoppinsReturns
— Sara ∞ (@chloemacalister) September 17, 2018
“Yo my name is Alex Hamilton and I’m here to say, I’ll punch the king of England ev-er-y day”
-Lin Manuel Miranda, Hamilton (2016)
— antoniooo (@MCcoolfriend) April 8, 2017
If you’re looking for a way to brighten your day, go check out these two delightfully smart men chatting musicals and England!
The world can’t be so bad when you’re talking Hamilton.
— Signe Dean (@nevertoocurious) October 17, 2018