The prospect of winning the lottery to purchase Hamilton tickets is exciting on its own, but Ham4Ham makes it a bona fide event. Lin-Manuel Miranda, cast members, and surprise guests put on brief performances for lottery hopefuls. It’s a rad way to engage with fans, and even fans who don’t get tickets to the show get a memorable experience. Those waiting on May 4, a.k.a. Star Wars Day, got an extra special treat: an appearance from J.J. Abrams.
Miranda and Abrams worked together to create the song heard at Maz Kanata’s palace in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, titled “Jabba Flow.” To celebrate May the 4th, Abrams made his Broadway performance debut at Ham4Ham. He said he ran into Miranda at intermission when he saw Hamilton about a year ago. Miranda joked with Abrams and said, “If you need music for a cantina, I’m your guy.” And hey, Abrams needed music for the cantina. I love when a plan comes together.
Before they dived into “Jabba Flow,” Miranda explained the tune is in Huttese. He went to a website and used the Hutt language to put together the song. Howard Sherman caught Miranda and Abrams’ performance on video, and we all owe him a great life debt for sharing this magic with us.
If hearing the tune made you think, “Gee, I sure wish ‘Jabba Flow’ was available for purchase,” then you’re in luck. The song is finally available on iTunes, and you can listen to the ditty in its entirety at StarWars.com.
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