Someone give this guy a Tony!
When Matt Rotner was asked to speak at his sister Jenna’s wedding, he decided to take it to the next level with a Hamilton-inspired speech, re-writing the lyrics to “Alexander Hamilton,” the hit Broadway show’s opening number, to tell his sister’s love story with husband Ross Drucker.
Rotner has been a fan of the musical since he saw it with his family in October 2015, shortly after Jenna and Ross got engaged.
“I turned to my mom and said, ‘Well, I know exactly what I’m doing for the wedding.’ I thought, ‘Hey, I might not be able to sing well anymore, but I know I can write these rhymes and put on one hell of a show,’ ” Rotner told the Huffington Post.
The newlyweds tied the knot on Saturday at the Beverly Hills Hotel — and Rotner’s surprise presentation was the hit of the party.
“How does a Met fan, golfer, Long Island boy, an accountant, dropped right in the meltin’ pot. Yes, New York City, ain’t it pretty, the fancy lights and shows. Go meet this Jew from California ― you know where this story goes?” he begins the rap.
“Yes, Jenna Rotner, the oldest daughter of my father. Moved to The Big Apple with some pressure from her mother said time to be a wife. Said this year you start your life. Israeli mothers, a sharper edge than any knife.”
Growing up, Rotner put on musicals with his sister at family gatherings — but this was the first time he’d performed without her.
“I told Jenna I had something very special planned and I have been hyping it up to her and Ross for the last year, but I never gave her an inkling of what it could be,” Rotner told HuffPost.
“When the first first few notes of the track hit after my intro, I saw her face and she was in shock. I’ll never forget her reaction and I’m so happy it was caught on camera.”