Sara Bareilles surprised fans with another new song just days after her single “Armor” came out. Today, Sara dropped a cover of “Theodosia Reprise” for this month’s “Hamildrop.” The song first appeared in the wildly popular, Tony-winning musical, Hamilton, written by Lin Manuel Miranda. Instead of releasing another Hamilton Mixtape, each month Hamilton fans get to hear a “Hamildrop” – a cover of one of the musical’s songs.
Sara’s rendition of “Theodosia Reprise” is soulful and melancholy, bringing the sad message to life. In the musical, the song was meant to appear in the second act. It illuminates Aaron Burr’s thoughts as he tells his daughter Theodosia of her mother’s death. It’s a somber track, but Sara’s vocals give it new life. This recording also features piano by Alex Lacamoire and drums by Questlove.
The new track comes with a music video, too. The video shows Sara recording the song, while Lin and Alex observe from the recording booth. Check out the music video for “Theodosia Reprise” below:
If you’re interested in hearing the other “Hamildrops,” check out each month’s song here.
Sara Bareilles is no stranger to the musical world. A few years ago, she composed all the songs for a musical called Waitress. It debuted in Boston in summer 2015. That November, a selection of those new songs appeared on Sara’s themed album, What’s Insides: Songs From Waitress. In 2016, Waitress went to Broadway; in 2017 – and again earlier this year – Sara took on the lead role of Jenna. She also played Mary Magdalene in NBC’s adaption of Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, composed a song for the SpongeBob Square Pants musical, and co-hosted the Tonys in June. This is all in addition to her pop music career.
Sara’s last standard studio album, The Blessed Unrest, came out in July 2013. Though it’s been half a decade already, Sara has certainly kept busy with other projects. In addition to the aforementioned musical projects, Sara also released a book, Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) In Song in 2015, wrote a song called “Seriously” in light of the 2016 presidential election, and released “If I Dare,” a song she composed for the 2017 film, Battle Of The Sexes. She’s currently composing music for a new dramedy series called Little Voice (a reference to her major label debut?), and just received a prestigious award at the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Most recently, Sara teamed up with Common on a new song called “The Train,” in the indie film All About Nina. And in November, we’ll hear her take on “Tightrope” from the upcoming compilation, The Greatest Showman – Reimagined. All things considered, Sara Bareilles is a hard woman to keep up with!
Amongst the whirlwind of activity, fans have patiently awaited a new record. Last week, Sara released her own new song, “Armor.” It’s the lead single from her long-awaited 5th album, due out early in 2019. The album was produced by T Bone Burnett. Fittingly, the new music has a rootsy sound and will touch on politics, Obama, and love (for Obama, but also for Sara’s boyfriend, Joe Tippett). The imminent album will be Sara’s first in over five years.
Enjoy “Theodosia Reprise” as well as “Armor.” Sara’s new album will come out in the first half of 2019. Catch up on all we know about it so far, and keep checking back here for all the latest Sara Bareilles music news.