Lin-Manuel Miranda celebrated Star Wars Day in truly epic fashion with The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams.
Miranda reunited with fellow creative superstar Abrams on the steps of the Richard Rodgers Theater for the May 4 “Ham4Ham” performance. In honor of Star Wars Day, Abrams and Miranda serenaded a crowd hoping to win Hamilton tickets with the song they co-wrote for The Force Awakens.
The song, written in Huttese and titled “Jabba Flow,” plays during the cantina-esque scene in Maz Kanata’s castle. (According to Miranda, the lyrics translate to “No lover, lover / It wasn’t me.”) Though perhaps not as instantly memorable as John Williams’ Cantina song from A New Hope, Miranda and Abrams’ quirky composition is definitely settling into the Star Wars universe.
“I had the good pleasure of getting to contribute a song on the latest Star Wars movie,” Lin-Manuel Miranda says, introducing Abrams to the crowd. “I co-wrote it with someone who is incredible, and he’s not known as a composer or performer, but he is one. And he’s making his Broadway singing debut on these steps today.”
For all his experience with fan-favorite properties, Abrams seemed a little awed by the response from the Ham4Ham hopefuls. Before performing, he told over the story of meeting Lin-Manuel Miranda during a performance of Hamilton, and recruiting actor/singer/songwriter/composer to work with him on Star Wars.
“He, as a joke, said, ‘If you need music for the Cantina, I’m your guy,'” Abrams relates. “And I said, you’re not going to believe this: I need music for the Cantina!”
Following the performance, which was partly amplified for the crowd using an R2-D2-shaped speaker, Abrams announced that “Jabba Flow” is now available as a single.