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      • It is consummate art and a national phenomenon with a timely cultural and educational influence on America. Hamilton is a hip-hop opera with music, lyrics, and book by Lin-Manual Miranda, inspired by the 2004 biography Alexander Hamilton by historian Ron Chernow. It is a historical story told through an Afro-Caribbean score by a multiracial cast.
  1. Jul 17, 2018 · Since making its debut in 2015, "Hamilton" has become a touchstone of musical theater for its songs, politics and social commentary. "Hamilton" arrives on tour in Northeast Ohio this week. Leading up to the six-week run in Cleveland, Case Western Reserve University Director of Popular Music Studies Daniel Goldmark has been digging into Lin ...

    • on Race and Hamilton’s Position Toward Slavery
    • on The Reynolds Pamphlet
    • on Thomas Jefferson and Other Founding Fathers
    • on The Election of 1800
    • Other Historical Inaccuracies Or Exaggerations

    Some historians say Miranda’s musical inflates Hamilton’s antislavery credentials, painting him as a "revolutionary manumission abolitionist"when, they say, he was less progressive on the issue of slavery in real life. "It is great theater and bad history," said David Waldstreicher, a historian at the Graduate Center at the City University of New York, who argued in one of a collection of essayson "Hamilton" that the musical is part of a movement that over-glorifies the Founding Fathers. The musical’s Hamilton celebrates John Laurens’ dream of building "the first Black battalion" and says, "We’ll never be free until we end slavery." Hamilton’s wife, Elizabeth Schuyler, saysin the play's final song that he "could have done so much more" toward ending slavery had he lived longer. In reality, Hamilton may not have been as ardent an abolitionist as the play makes him out to be. He was a founder of the New York Manumission Society, an anti-slavery group, but he did not seriously propose...

    Hamilton’s decision to publish an explainer detailing his affair with Maria Reynolds is a turning point in the musical — and based on a real historical event. The musical quotes directly from the actual "Reynolds Pamphlet,"with some language updated for clarity. As in the play, the real-life Hamilton confessed to three men that he was guilty not of illegal financial speculation, but of paying hush money to James Reynolds, who extorted Hamilton under threat of publicizing the affair. But in reality, it wasn’t Jefferson, Aaron Burr and James Madison who confronted Hamilton. It wasHouse Speaker Frederick Muhlenberg, Rep. Abraham Venable of Virginia and future President James Monroe. Hamilton released the tell-all "Reynolds Pamphlet" years later, after a journalist publisheddetails of the affair and made accusations of what he, too, suspected was illegal speculation. In the musical, Hamilton’s revelations prompt his wife Elizabeth Schuyler to sing about burningher letters in order to "l...

    Jefferson is believed to have been more mild-tempered than "Hamilton" lets on — a writermore than a speaker. The musical alters some events to paint him as a foil to Hamilton. Between Jefferson’s return anthem "What Did I Miss?" and Hamilton’s claim in "Cabinet Battle #1"that "we almost died in a trench while you were off getting high with the French," the musical gives the impression that Jefferson waited out the Revolutionary War overseas. Jefferson did not fight in the war as a soldier. He was selectedas a delegate to the Second Continental Congress in 1775 and helped draft the Declaration of Independence for adoption in 1776. He served as governor of Virginia from 1779 to 1781. It wasn’t until 1784 that Jefferson left for Europe, where he eventually replaced Benjamin Franklin as the U.S. minister to France. Jefferson didn’t step down as secretary of state "so he (could) run for president," either, despite what President George Washington’s character says in "One Last Time." In r...

    The musical’s rivalry between Hamilton and Burr peaks after the election of 1800. Hamilton sways the delegates to elect Jefferson with a late, tie-breaking "endorsement" that lifts Jefferson over Burr "in a landslide" and inspires Burr to challenge Hamilton to a duel. In reality, however, Jefferson did not win solely because of Hamilton, nor was it a landslide. The election of 1800 saw the Democratic-Republican Party pushJefferson for president and Burr for vice president in a bid to unseat President John Adams. The voting process was different back then. Electors in the Electoral College got two votes. The recipient of the most votes would become president, and the runner-up would become vice president. Jefferson and Burr received the same number of votes, resulting in a tie that sent the decision to the House of Representatives. Hamilton lobbied the House Federaliststo back Jefferson, but he wasn’t the deciding "vote," as the musical suggests. "James Bayard of Delaware is the only...

    Aaron Burr:"You punched the bursar." Song: "Aaron Burr, Sir" Fact-check:Hamilton’s character describes punching the person who "handles the financials" at Princeton. But in his book on the musical, Miranda said the line was a "historical leap" that made for a good rhyme. The real-life Hamilton had a disagreement with Princeton’s president over his desire to graduate early, according to Chernow’s biography. Miranda also wrote that the dialogue between Hamilton and Burr was a "fictional first meeting." Other characters in the scene, including the Marquis de Lafayette, could not have met Hamilton that early. "Lafayette was not in America when Hamilton arrived," Newton, the Hamilton historian, said. Aaron Burr:"Martha Washington named her feral tomcat after him." Alexander Hamilton: "That’s true!" Song: "A Winter’s Ball" Fact-check: The tomcat story suggests that Hamilton was a womanizer. It appears in multiple biographies, according to the Associated Press. But the story is actually in...

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  3. Oct 17, 2018 · It is consummate art and a national phenomenon with a timely cultural and educational influence on America. Hamilton is a hip-hop opera with music, lyrics, and book by Lin-Manual Miranda, inspired by the 2004 biography Alexander Hamilton by historian Ron Chernow. It is a historical story told through an Afro-Caribbean score by a multiracial cast.

  4. Jul 20, 2020 · This is the one time Miranda quotes a piece of classical music directly. It comes in at the end of 'Helpless', when Alexander Hamilton has just proposed to Eliza Schuyler. You might know this tune as 'Here Comes the Bride' – but it actually comes from Wagner 's opera Lohengrin. In Wagner's story the music accompanies the wedding of Elsa and ...

  5. Divided in two acts, the musical depicts a dramatized account of the life and career of Alexander Hamilton, an orphaned immigrant from the Caribbean island of Nevis.The first act covers Hamilton's arrival in New York City in 1776, his work in the Continental Army as an aide-de-camp to General George Washington during the American Revolution, and his courtship and marriage to Eliza Schuyler.

    • $12.5 million (stage production)
    • July 3, 2020
    • Lin-Manuel Miranda
    • Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jeffrey Seller
  6. Credits. (1-80 of 80) Year. Album. Artist. All Credits Audio Engineer Camera Operator Choir Director Choir/Chorus Composer Coordination Director Editing Engineer Executive Producer French Horn Group Member Horn Mixing Organ Producer Re-Recording Engineer Saxophone Tenor (Vocal) 2016. We Give You Praise.