SALT LAKE CITY — Utah politicians absolutely love “Hamilton.”
The latest display of affection for the smash Broadway musical came in a pair of “carpool karaoke” videos posted this week by the House Majority caucus in advance of the show coming to Salt Lake City next year. It features a bi-partisan cast including House Speaker Greg Hughes, R-Draper; Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams; Sen. Jim Dabakis, D-Salt Lake City; Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan and Rep. Kim Coleman, R-West Jordan.
“Oh, hip hop. Love it. LOVE IT!” Hughes proclaims on one of the videos, saying it should be shown to school kids for its messages about the Founding Fathers and American history.
He and McAdams pick up Ivory, Coleman and Dabakis outside the new Eccles Theater, where “Hamilton” will be staged in 2017 as part of the Tony Award-winning show’s first national run.
Last year, the Utah State Legislature passed a resolution praising “Hamilton” and its writer, Lin-Manuel Miranda. Ivory and Dabakis, who sponsored the resolution, famously rapped on the Senate floor.