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Washington: Like so much this past year, the inaugural celebration will be like no other: pared down, distanced, much of it virtual. But for actor Christopher Jackson,  the original George Washington in Broadway’s “Hamilton,”  performing in a virtual ball is a way of participating in an essential rite of American democracy.

“I’m glad to play a part in it,” says Jackson, who will perform at the quadrennial ball for the Creative Coalition, a fundraiser for arts education and one of the more prominent unofficial events surrounding Joe Biden’s inauguration.

“It’s a great honour, and I’m very grateful that we have allowed our system to continue to work in the way it was intended.’’ Jackson – not to mention former co-star and ‘Hamilton’ creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda – joins a slew of celebrities descending on Washington, virtually or in person, for entertainment surrounding the inauguration of Biden and Kamala Harris.

Although the festivities have been radically scaled down due to the raging coronavirus pandemic and security threats, a steady stream of A-list names have signed on, headlined by Lady Gaga singing the national anthem on the West Front of the Capitol,…


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