Alexander Hamilton is Latino & We're Loving It!
The American musical is being redefined, thanks to Broadway’s latest hit Hamilton. Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator and star of the show, lit up the Grammy stage this past Monday when the show won for best Musical Theater Album. This box-office powerhouse is a game-changer and people are taking notice. Made up of mostly Latino and black actors, the story of America’s founding father, Alexander Hamilton, is told seamlessly through R&B, rap and hip-hop. And according to ticket sales, it’s working. Lin-Manuel Miranda is award-winning composer, lyricist and actor who also happens to be a 2015 MacArthur Fellow. Born and raised in New York City, this Puerto Rican initially made waves for writing and starring in the Broadway hit, In The Heights which garnered four Tony Awards, a Grammy Award and a Pulitzer Prize finalist spot. Miranda told the New York Times that he was initially drawn to Hamilton’s story back in high school. The duel between Hamilton and Burr reminded him of the Tupac and Biggie rivalry and through it he recognized Hamilton’s ambition, drive, brilliant mind and flawed judgment. After reading Alexander Hamilton a 2004 biography by Ron Chernow, Miranda decided to bring the story to life.
Born out of wedlock and orphaned, Alexander Hamilton grew up a poor immigrant from the West Indies. He had resilient ambition and achieved great success in politics. His life was filled with triumph and tragedy, a perfect story to bring to the stage with an edgier element. What makes this musical so important is that it breaks the conventional mold and shows that Latinos and people of color want to see, and pay money for, stories that speak to them and that involve them in the narrative. The proof is in the box-office and tickets are now almost impossible to come by.
You can visit Hamiltonbroadway.com to be placed on the wait list. And there's good news! For every show, there is a chance to win two tickets for $10 as part of the Hamilton Official Lottery. Ten winners are announced on the day of the show. In the meantime, check out the cast's performance at the 2016 Grammys:
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