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This 'Hamilton' And 'Dear Evan Hansen' Mash-Up Is 'For The Kids' Who Are Changing The World

The Broadway tune raises money for March For Our Lives.

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"FOR THE KIDS." 

These three words appear at the end of "Found/Tonight," a music video with Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ben Platt singing a goosebumps-inducing mash-up of "The Story of Tonight" from Hamilton and "You Will Be Found" from Dear Evan Hansen — all in support of the teens hoping to make a change with March For Our Lives.

"And when our children tell their story," the two Tony winners serenade at various stages of the latest Hamildrop series, "They'll tell the story of tonight."

Per a press release, Miranda was inspired by the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School — located in Parkland, Florida — after the February 14 school shooting that resulted in 17 dead. Since the tragic event, the young survivors, who Oprah Winfrey has called "warriors of the light," have been speaking out about gun control by taking on the NRA at a historic town hall, inspiring celebrities such as the Clooneys as well as Ellen DeGeneres, and promising to take their fight to D.C. itself. Platt joined in on the important moment, with some proceeds for the song going to support March For Our Lives, which will happen on March 24. They hope people will explain why they're marching with the viral campaign #IWillMarch.

"This is their moment. Not just for themselves, but for all of us," Miranda said in the press release, with Platt adding that he "couldn't say no" to this, and that the youth who are standing up for gun control are "paving the way for future generations" with what they're doing. "This song is my way of  helping to raise funds and awareness for their efforts, and to say Thank You, and that we are with you so let's keep fighting, together."

It's easy to see why Miranda and Platt are letting their voices shine with a mash-up of these two specific songs. The messages of both are powerful and speak to the themes of being there for one another, having the strength to make a difference, and working toward a brighter tomorrow. It's impossible to listen to "Found/Tonight" and not feel as though it was made for this day and age, for the exact point in history we are at.

"Even when the dark comes crashing through / When you need a friend to carry you / When you're broken on the ground / You will be found," they belt out in harmony toward the end of the tune. "So let the sun come streaming in / 'Cause you'll reach up and you'll rise again / If you only look around / You will be found."

Watch the video for "Found/Tonight" here:

For more information about March For Our Lives or to donate to the cause, visit here

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