A unique combination of broadway musical, hip-hop and American history is taking the stage at Richard Rodgers Theatre in NYC. Hamilton is a high-energy, hip-hop version of the historical drama of the Founding Fathers as they jockeyed for position at a crucial time on the Colonial political scene. We hear it’s been getting great reviews — so get your tickets now!
Puerto Rican playwright/composer/lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda, 35, took six years to write Hamilton, which opened Aug. 6 on Broadway garnering more than $30 million in advance ticket sales after a successful off-Broadway run. Miranda, who admits he’s “in love” with the subject matter, has blended his lifelong passion for hip-hop and musical theater to re-create the life of General George Washington’s assistant who later became the first U.S. secretary of the treasury, from 1789 to 1795.
Even though he was not an original author of the Constitution, Alexander Hamilton heavily influenced getting this important document approved and distinguished himself as one of the New York’s most prominent attorneys. Always active and involved in both public and political affairs, Hamilton’s law career positioned him as a highly sought-after and respected advisor to U.S. presidents. His policies promoted a powerful central government over the rights of individual states and before his exit from the U.S. treasury in 1795 he was credited with building a secure national economy that would back a strong, solid Federal Government. Hamilton’s dynamic career ended with a fatal gunshot wound sustained in a duel with Aaron Burr, on July 12, 1804.
A Colorful Cast
Miranda’s Hamilton is enriched with a colorful cast of characters, literally. The playwright who cast himself in the musical’s starring role, has crafted a fast-moving, live production, superbly performed by people of color who deftly take on the personas of George Washington, Aaron Burr, James Madison and an entire cohort of Caucasian history makers of the period. Purely entertaining with a fun educational twist, Hamilton runs nearly three hours and recently garnered an impressive thumbs-up from the likes of Stephen Sondheim and President Obama, at a preview performance. Worth the trip to the Big Apple! Check out Rolling Stone’s review.