“Alexander Hamilton” Performed with American Sign Language

Back in 2011, the Los Ange­les Times ran a pro­file on Sarah Tubert, then a 17-year-old stu­dent who lost her hear­ing as a young child. With the help of her fam­i­ly, Sarah per­se­vered, became a star water polo and vol­ley­ball play­er in high school, and earned a full schol­ar­ship to Gal­laudet Uni­ver­si­ty–all with the hope of one day becom­ing an instruc­tor for deaf and hear­ing-impaired stu­dents.

Five years lat­er, Sarah is mak­ing good on her promise. Above, Sarah per­forms “Alexan­der Hamil­ton,” the open­ing num­ber of the Broad­way show, in Amer­i­can Sign Lan­guage (ASL). On Twit­ter, the Hamil­ton star Lin-Manuel Miran­da called it “beau­ti­ful.” And it’s hard not to agree.

You can find ASL lessons in our col­lec­tion, Learn 45+ Lan­guages Online for Free: Span­ish, Chi­nese, Eng­lish & More.

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