LeBron James blown away by ‘unbelievable’ ‘LeBron: The Musical’
Like the countless NBA fans who have seen it, even LeBron James himself has been left completely blown away by the brilliance of “LeBron: The Musical.”
“It’s great,” James said Wednesday, via ESPN’s David McMenamin “It’s unbelievable, actually.”
The brainchild of media company Dose, “LeBron: The Musical” of course is an ode to “Hamilton: The Musical” only with the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar’s exploits serving in place of the original lyrics to the title song of the runaway Broadway smash.
Featuring a portrayal of James throughout his basketball career, the four-and-a-half-minute musical vignette celebrates James’ many career achievements. There are also cameos from actors portraying some of James’ NBA superstar contemporaries, including Stephen Curry, former teammates Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, current teammate Kyrie Irving and His Airness himself, Michael Jordan.
James was left pretty impressed with how well the short video summarized his basketball experiences.
“It was basically the whole journey, up until this point,” James said. “So, obviously they’ve done their homework and they were pretty much spot on. And the visuals were pretty cool too. You know, all the different characters and different uniforms and different jerseys and things of that nature. I’ve done something right up until this point with my career to see someone be able to take the time out of their days to do something like that. It’s pretty cool.”
James elected to sidestep commenting upon the burgeoning controversy surrounding how vice-president-elect Mike Pence was confronted by the cast while attending a performance last weekend.
James did admit, though, that he hasn’t yet seen the real “Hamilton” — which garnered 11 Tonys and numerous other awards and accolades — but recognized the music in the “LeBron” version. He wanted to catch the show when spending time in New York over the summer but it didn’t happen.
“The scheduling just didn’t work out and I was kind of upset about it,” James said. “I’m definitely going to see it.”
When asked for his favorite part of “LeBron: The Musical,” James claimed not to have one.
“I was just more of in awe just watching it,” he said.