In the weeks since the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, tensions have been high. The students of the school have gone on to spearhead the national debate on gun control, sparking a nationwide revolution. Meanwhile, the country has gone through all the emotions it takes to cope with such tragedy.
But if you thought you’d shed all the tears you can spare, think again. Lin-Manuel Miranda ofHamiltonfame and Ben Platt ofDear Evan Hansenhave collaborated on a new track dedicated to the students of Stoneman Douglas. Leave it to some Broadway magic to give us all the feels on a Monday morning.
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) March 19, 2018
Honored to team up with @Lin_Manuel on “Found/Tonight,” a gorgeous mashup of @HamiltonMusical and @DearEvanHansen arranged by the great @LacketyLac. Proceeds go to the incredible #MarchForOurLives Initiative, so stream & download & listen! #GunControlNow https://t.co/WrWiwer6YX
— Ben Platt (@BenSPLATT) March 19, 2018
When @Lin_Manuel and @BenSPLATT came over my apt to rehearse #FoundTonight, I got goose bumps the minute they started singing each other’s songs. I would tear up in the studio as I listened to the mix, thinking of the kids we made this for.
— Alex Lacamoire (@LacketyLac) March 19, 2018
The track, “Found/Tonight” is a mash-up of tracks from the two respective musicals. It’s fitting, considering that one production deals with the emotional turmoil of adolescence while the other recounts a revolution that shaped our country. The song was arranged by Alex Lacamoire, musical director of both shows. Using “Story of Tonight” from Hamilton and “You Will Be Found” from Dear Evan Hansen, it infuses the two with some new lyrics, inspired by the gun-control movement.
“We may not yet have reached our glory,” they sing. “But I will gladly join the fight, and when our children tell their story, they’ll tell the story of tonight.”
The song came about when Josh Gad approached Miranda and asked what they could do in the aftermath of the shooting. Gad knew one of the victims. What resulted is the newly released song, a portion of the proceeds going to March For Our Lives.
I just listened to it and I can’t stop crying I’m gonna listen to this forever holy heck https://t.co/QO7PlyaAOx
— Emma González (@Emma4Change) March 19, 2018
Found/Tonight. Download it. Portion of the proceeds going to our movement.
This song takes the two songs I listen to most for inspiration and puts them in one nice convenient spot.
I also cried
— Cameron Kasky (@cameron_kasky) March 19, 2018
— Alex Wind (@al3xw1nd) March 19, 2018
Given the powerhouse voices of Miranda and Platt, the song packs all the emotions necessary for such a topic. It’s already received acclaim and support from people all over Twitter, including some of the young Stoneman Douglas students who’ve been leading the movement.
“Found/Tonight” is now available to download. Watch the video below: