Hamilton and The Renovation of American History
A single word tells you everything you need to know about musical theatre over the past 18 or so months. That word is Hamilton– the title of a theatrical extravaganza that’s eclectic enough to satisfy every taste and powerful enough to create a new set of aesthetic standards.
But don’t worry if you haven’t seen it yet. Tickets are available now, and with literally dozens of performances coming up in the next few weeks alone — most of them in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago — there will be no shortage of opportunities to catch Hamilton up close and live.
A Powerful Story and Then Some
Hamilton is the musical life story of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. Beginning with his childhood as an orphan in the Caribbean, the show depicts nearly all of the important moments in Hamilton’s personal and political life.
This portrayal explores Hamilton’s life from beginning to end, including his ardent support of the American Revolution, his marriage to Eliza Schuyler, and his disastrous affair with Maria Reynolds. The play ends, of course, with Hamilton’s death during the duel with Aaron Burr.
The story contained in Hamilton is powerful enough all by itself, but it’s the dynamic pageantry of the play that takes it over the top. Loosely adapted from Ron Chernow’s biography, Hamilton takes exactly the right liberties with the book to transform the story into a statement for our time as well as the future.
A Unique Theatrical Experience
With all the attention it’s garnered from audiences, theater critics, and even the President of the United States himself, Hamilton is less of a musical than it is a phenomenon. By combining an incredible range of musical styles and casting non-white actors in the roles of the Founding Fathers, Hamilton has captured the imagination of an entire country and forced it to reexamine its roots.
Hamilton made its Broadway debut in the late summer of 2015 and proved to be an immediate box office and critical success, with lavish praise for its style, innovation, and sheer entertainment value coming from virtually every corner. But words simply cannot capture the diversity, provocation, and affirming beauty that director Lin-Manuel Miranda has injected into the story of Alexander Hamilton’s life.
Hamilton’s box office success is almost unprecedented. As of November 19, 2017, it has garnered almost $300 million in ticket sales during its Broadway run alone, and there seems to be no end in sight.