Thursday, December 29, 2016


Hamilton is a musical where pop culture rarely mixes with tradition and even brings races and generations together liking the same thing. Not an easy task. So now what? It is a breakout success and no one can get tickets and if you can get tickets you paid a ridiculously high price. Where do the creators go from here? He is only 36 years old and has accepted awards for acting, writing, singing, dancing, and songwriting. The 3 hour show is explained in the first very long run on   sentence of the play. “How does a bastard orphan son of a whore and a Scotsman dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot in the Caribbean by Providence inpoverance in squalor, grow up to be a hero and scholar?” That is the question they answer in the 3 hour show.
Hamilton arrived in N.Y.C. during the American Revolution. Hamilton was involved in every event in American history. He never became President but had a bigger impact than the Presidents of that time. His mentor was George Washington. Thomas Jefferson was Hamilton’s primary political opponent. Hip hop and rap define this show. He has the founding fathers played by black and Latino actors to deliver the feel of the show. In only 16 months on Broadway, Hamilton has already established itself as Broadway’s premium show with tickets already commanding $1,000 a seat. Both the President and Vice-President has seen the show. What are   these people thinking when they say “I have to step down so the country can live on”?
Hamilton was the first Treasury Secretary who created our first fiscal system, monetary system, first custom service   and bank. So the story is about a penniless   orphaned kid who comes out and creates monumental   achievements in his lifetime that still exist in our lifetime. His father abandoned the family when Alexander was 11 and his mother died when he was 13 years old. He left for America and didn’t know a single person on these shores from his Caribbean Island. .  The composer of the play was not wealthy either. His father moved from Puerto Rico to Manhattan when he was 18 years old. The composer went to a school for the gifted and was in every school play. The family did not have a lot of money to see Broadway shows but they collected cast albums. They were his textbooks.
He graduated from college with a theater arts degree and wrote the Broadway musical called In the Heights that won the 2008 Tony for Best Musical. Two months later he began work on Hamilton. In his research he notices that Hamilton writes a poem that they like that wins him the money to go to America. This composer sees a connection to today’s rap artists. It is the same a Biggy and Jay Z writing about growing up in the same Projects. It is Eminen  growing up white in Detroit and rapping. This composer’s gift is being able to bring an amazing forgotten story of American History back into the light again and we all are sucked into it and enjoy it because Broadway has been changed musically and historically.

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