By now, I’m sure you’ve heard of Hamilton. No? The unprecedented record breaking 16 time Tony nominee managed to walk away with 11 of those 16 including Best Musical? The unorthodox hip-hop hit show that has taken Broadway by storm since it first appeared on Broadway in the Richard Rodgers Theatre one year ago? You’ve had to have heard about it.
The cultural supernova is capturing hearts and minds by offering an unorthodox tale of one of our nation’s founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton. Just to name a few of his accolades, the man created the nation’s financial system, founded the Coast Guard, and was the first Secretary of the Treasury that we ever had. Imagine him as the boy scout for America. He did helped build this great country that we call home by accomplishing and accomplishing feat after feat pinning proverbial badge after badge to his chest from all his successes.
Hamilton, the musical, pays tribute to the man with great respect from the show’s writer and mastermind, Lin Manuel Miranda. Miranda spent years nurturing this brain-child of his since he read Ron Chernow’s biography of Hamilton back in 2008. In an interview with Rolling Stone Miranda compares Hamilton writing himself out of his circumstances to hip-hop juggernauts such as Jay-Z and Lil Wayne. He also gushes about the genius of AH and humbly states his writing prowess is incomparable to the historic figure and that the musical is the product of immense amounts of hard work.
Miranda is the musician and lyricist for the nearly 50 songs over repeatedly to make sure the verses and feel were just right. His toil and labor of love paid off in the awards circle winning heaps of Tony’s and also a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album (Check it out on Spotify). Miranda has been showing his musical chops in numerous projects including his first Tony award winning musical In the Heights, the Cantina Music for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, and also the upcoming Disney film Moana.
These quick star studded performances, Ham4Ham, are a little thank you to the fans for all the love that Hamilton has received and one of the best pieces of entertainment you can receive while waiting in a ticket line. Saying getting tickets for Hamilton on Broadway is hard is an understatement. Each day droves of fans line up outside the theater in hopes of winning a ticket from the ticket lottery and these shows make the wait worth it. If you want a ticket, don’t worry the show will soon be more accessible.
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