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George H.W. Bush sees a special performance of Hamilton in his office

  • Touring production performed a repertoire of songs to lift ex-president's spirits
  • George Bush Snr's wife of 70 years, former first lady Barbara Bush, died in April
  • Was admitted to hospital for an infection one day later and released on May 4
  • The pair had wanted to watch the hit Broadway show when it came to Texas 

By Rory Tingle For Dailymail.com

Published: 11:45 EDT, 16 May 2018 | Updated: 13:22 EDT, 16 May 2018

George H.W. Bush was treated to a special performance of the hit musical Hamilton at his office in Houston just days after being released from hospital.

The touring production performed a repertoire of songs for the former president, 93, to lift his spirits following his health troubles and the death of his wife of 73 years, Barbara Bush.

The pair had wanted to watch the Broadway show when it came to Texas before the former first lady passed away last month, family spokesman Jim McGrath told People.
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The touring production performed a repertoire of songs for the former president on Tuesday to lift his spirits after the death of his wife of 73 years, former first lady Barbara Bush
The touring production performed a repertoire of songs for the former president on Tuesday to lift his spirits after the death of his wife of 73 years, former first lady Barbara Bush

The touring production performed a repertoire of songs for the former president on Tuesday to lift his spirits after the death of his wife of 73 years, former first lady Barbara Bush

'A complete joy to welcome the 'HamFam' - the cast and crew of @HamiltonMusical - to our Houston office for a special performance I will never forget. History never sounded so powerful,' Bush wrote in a tweet on Tuesday.

The post was accompanied by a photo of Hamilton's cast serenading the former 41st president. Another image showed Bush joining the actors for a group shot.

The former commander-in-chief was admitted to hospital after Barbara's funeral on April 21 for an infection that led to sepsis. He was released on May 4.

Bush Snr enjoyed the 'powerful and wonderful' performance and intends to see the full show before its Houston run ends on Sunday, Jim McGrath told CNN. 

Despite his famous love of themed socks the former president does not yet have any Hamilton themed ones, the spokesman added.  

McGrath also said Bush is feeling sharp and happy and intends to move to his summer residence in Kennebunkport, Maine, next week.

Bush Snr, who lost his wife last, posed with the cast of the hit Broadway musical, which is now touring the country
Bush Snr, who lost his wife last, posed with the cast of the hit Broadway musical, which is now touring the country

Bush Snr, who lost his wife last, posed with the cast of the hit Broadway musical, which is now touring the country

The former president said it was a 'complete joy' to welcome the cast to Houston and added 'History has never sounded so powerful'
The former president said it was a 'complete joy' to welcome the cast to Houston and added 'History has never sounded so powerful'

The former president said it was a 'complete joy' to welcome the cast to Houston and added 'History has never sounded so powerful'

Hamilton first premiered in 2015 and won the Tony Award for best musical in 2016.

It tells the story of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton and makes use of hip-hop, R&B and pop music.

In November 2016, the cast was savaged by President Donald Trump after actor Brandon Dixon addressed Mike Pence at the end of a performance on Broadway. 

Pence, who was sitting in the audience, received a chorus of boos from other attendees.

Bush Snr was admitted to hospital a day after Barbara's funeral on April 21, where he is pictured (bottom) with former presidents and first ladies. Pictured left to right: Laura Bush, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama and current first lady Melania Trump
Bush Snr was admitted to hospital a day after Barbara's funeral on April 21, where he is pictured (bottom) with former presidents and first ladies. Pictured left to right: Laura Bush, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama and current first lady Melania Trump

Bush Snr was admitted to hospital a day after Barbara's funeral on April 21, where he is pictured (bottom) with former presidents and first ladies. Pictured left to right: Laura Bush, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama and current first lady Melania Trump

Dixon, who plays Aaron Burr in the show, said the cast was a reflection of the Americans who were worried about their future following the presidential election.

'We sir, we are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents, or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights,' he said.

In response Trump tweeted: 'Our wonderful future V.P. Mike Pence was harassed last night at the theater by the cast of Hamilton, cameras blazing. This should not happen!'

'The Theater must always be a safe and special place. The cast of Hamilton was very rude last night to a very good man, Mike Pence. Apologize!'

George  Bush and  Barbara Bush listen as stories are told during the funeral for former Rep. G.V. 'Sonny' Montgomery in Meridian, Miss., on May 16, 2006
George  Bush and  Barbara Bush listen as stories are told during the funeral for former Rep. G.V. 'Sonny' Montgomery in Meridian, Miss., on May 16, 2006

George Bush and Barbara Bush listen as stories are told during the funeral for former Rep. G.V. 'Sonny' Montgomery in Meridian, Miss., on May 16, 2006

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