INCLUSIVE CASTING IS KEY
“Hamilton” absolutely looks like an inclusive America. How many musicals can say that? Miranda could have gone the traditional route and ensured an all-Caucasian company would properly mirror the18th century backdrop. Instead, he realized the show needed to reflect the audience that would see it. In other words, diverse representation would be a key factor, particularly affording African-Americans opportunities to portray Aaron Burr and Thomas Jefferson. Miranda states in a 2015 interview, “I will find the right language to make sure that the beautiful thing that people love about our show and allows them identification with the show is preserved when this show goes out into the world.”
TERRIFIC TUNES WITH A CONTEMPORARY MINDSET
An equal admirer of Stephen Sondheim and Jay-Z, Miranda refreshingly took his passion for musical theater and hip-hop and meshed them into a collective stew that changed the landscape for original Broadway scores. In fact, “The Schuyler Sisters,” a sassy introduction of the wealthy trio that would pivotally catch Hamilton’s eye, notably pulsates in an intoxicating hip-hop/pop blend. “The Room Where It Happens” is also a standout moment morphing show tune sensibilities with a hip-hop urgency. Due to Miranda’s dizzying lyrics, you might want to hear the cast recording first to better familiarize yourself with certain interactions.
ACROSS THE BOARD ACCLAIM
“Hamilton” received a record-breaking 16 Tony nominations ultimately winning 11. The show also received the Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award. Miranda, a recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship, was awarded the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History and the Dramatists Guild of America’s Frederick Loewe Award for Musical Composition. The cast album was specifically ranked second by Billboard in its “25 Best Albums of 2015” and ranked eighth by Rolling Stone in its “50 Best Albums of 2015.”
WANT TO GO?
Chicago: Private Bank Theatre, 18 W. Monroe St., Limited number of tickets available through Sept. 17 by visiting Ticketmaster.com. Wayne Brady notably portrays Aaron Burr through April 9.
Cincinnati: "Hamilton" is part of the 2018-2019 Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Cincinnati Series. Patrons are encouraged to subscribe to the 2017-2018 season in order to be among the first to snag tickets as part of the 2018-2019 subscription renewal. Visit Cincinnati.broadway.com.
Cleveland: The Ohio premiere of "Hamilton" is part of the 2017-2018 KeyBank Broadway Series. Tickets are not on sale but patrons are encouraged to subscribe to the season. Visit broadway.playhousesquare.org. The national touring cast features Talawanda High School graduate and 2016 University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music graduate Raven Thomas in the ensemble.
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