Sunday, August 23, 2015

Lin-Manuel Miranda Ascends New Heights With a Humorous, Hip-Hop 'Hamilton'

Lin-Manuel Miranda, center, as Alexander Hamilton in the musical, "Hamilton." Photos by Joan Marcus.


was America's first-ever treasury secretary. If that sounds a tad dull, you haven't been listening to the buzz around Lin-Manuel Miranda's breathtaking bio-musical of the Founding Father.

All that buzz preceded "Hamilton," – at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in an open run – from its wildly acclaimed start at The Public Theater where it premiered earlier this year.

"Hamilton" is a brilliantly intelligent musical. It riffs on the large canvas of the American genesis with humor and insight. It tackles a big swath of history and wraps it in an unconventional mode. (See video below).

Not to mince words, there are not enough superlatives to throw at this production: it is simply perfect – almost, anyway.

Inspired by Ron Chernow's biography, "Alexander Hamilton," L-MM frames the story of America's genesis in period costume (by Paul Tazewell, with hair and wigs by Charles G. LaPointe and sets it to a hip-hop and popular beat. The rhythms of our country's road from revolution to burgeoning democracy are modern and filled with references from Gilbert&Sullivan to Sean Combs.

Visit to learn more about “Hamilton.”

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