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'Hamilton' Making History a Broadway Showtune

By Thomas Swan t.swan@classicalite.com on Mar 14, 2016 03:15 AM EDT

Never has Alexander Hamilton been so popular. If there is a heaven and, we assume that both Alexander Hamilton and his arch-rival Thomas Jefferson are both in heaven, What do you suppose the subjet of the hit Broadway show thinks about his life being so trivialized? Probably, not all that much. One could almost hear Alexander Hamilton exclaim, "I started most of the institutions in this country and all I got was a damn musical for it."

Theatermania tells us that Hamilton is about, "From the creative team behind the In The Heights comes Hamilton a new musical about the scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America: Alexander Hamilton. Tony and Grammy Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda wields his pen and takes the stage as the unlikely founding father determined to make his mark on a new nation as hungry and ambitious as he. From bastard orphan to Washington's right hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country's first sex scandal to Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy, Hamiltonis an exploration of a political mastermind."

More than that is the theatrical conventions that surround Hamilton. Inspired by the magnificent scholarly biography by Ron Chernow. Wikipedia tells us that "Lin-Manuel Miranda decided to pick up a biography to read while away. At the airport he purchased and began reading Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow, a comprehensive biography of Alexander Hamilton. Miranda quickly began envisioning the life of Hamilton as a musical and researched whether or not a stage musical of his life had been created." One begins to wonder if that isn't what the current Republican primaries is in need of, a good music selection. It wouldn't hurt to try.

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TagsAlexander Hamilton, broadway, Historical Figure, Broadway Showtune

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