The revolutionary, successful and highly acclaimed Hamilton: An American Musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda starts in Chicago this week, and sadly, I don’t have tickets. I’ve heard about the show for well over a year and have listened to the soundtrack so many times. (It's even available instantly via hoopla.)
Since then, I've been in awe of its brilliance, so you would think I would have been on the ball to see this performed live. If you are like me and don't have tickets, here are some awesome articles to read so you can talk to others about the show and still be in the know! And, there's always next year…
You can read these articles using CPL's Online Resources, but I've also noted if an article is available freely on the web.
"A Modern Major Musical" by Alisa Solomon
The Nation, September 14, 2015 (also available on The Nation website)
This article reviews the musical as performed in New York and explores how Miranda and his strong collaborators created the musical.
"Hamilton Mania" by Mark Binelli
Rolling Stone, June 16, 2015 (also available on the Rolling Stone website)
An interview with writer and actor Miranda where he talks about the parallels in history from Hamilton's day to present day as it relates to the story of immigrants.
"The Maestro" by Jeff Maggregor
Smithsonian, December 2015
More insight into the man Miranda and the similarities he has with Alexander Hamilton.
"Did the Musical 'Hamilton' Save the Hamilton $10 Bill?" by Olivia Lowenberg
Christian Science Monitor, March 17, 2016
Some interesting background information about Hamilton's presence on the $10 bill and a newly designed bill to be released in 2020 to mark the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment, which granted women the right to vote.
"What Hamilton Forgets About Hamilton" by Jason Frank and Issac Kramnick
The New York Times (Online), June 10, 2016 (also available on The New York Times website)
An opinion piece that offers more insight into who Alexander Hamilton was as a man. Like all, we are complicated people.