I. Love. Hamilton.
I regularly listen to the album while I am at work.
I sometimes receive raised eyebrows from my co-workers when I get a little too involved in certain songs.
Calling out “Here Comes the General” during “Right Hand Man”
In “Stay Alive,” Washington orders his troops to attack while Charles Lee calls for a retreat. Washington chews Lee out for shitting the bed at the Battle of Monmouth, and he replaces him with
Reciting “The Ten Duel Commandments”
The interaction between Washington and Hamilton during “Meet Me Inside”
Calling out “LAFAYETTE” during “Guns and Ships”
Calling out “ROCHAMBEAU” during “Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down)”
We had a spy on the inside… That’s right! HERCULES MULLIGAN!!!!
Dancing like Thomas Jefferson during “What’d I Miss”
The two cabinet battles between Hamilton and Jefferson
King George III’s songs
So… yeah, I am a bit of a fan.
The creator of the play, Lin-Manuel Miranda, was inspired to write this play after reading Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. At a poetry jam event at the White House in 2009, Miranda said that he was working on an album about a founding father that epitomized hip-hop based on the book.
And people laughed at that idea including President and Mrs. Obama.
Hamilton premiered Off-Broadway in January 2015, then later on Broadway. The play is scheduled for a national tour to begin in San Francisco next year which includes a stop in Denver.
I might save some Hamiltons.
Hamilton won many awards; among them several Tony Awards, a Pulitzer Prize for drama, and a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album. The play is also credited with maintaining Hamilton’s status as the ten-dollar Founding Father.
Miranda along with some of the cast were invited to the White House to promote the play’s success.
It also included Miranda freestyling with President Obama in the Rose Garden.
And yes, the president told a Marine to drop the beat. Why? Because he’s the president.
There is a connection between Hamilton and the 2016 election.
Miranda plays the subject matter of the play, Alexander Hamilton.
In July 1804, Hamilton was killed in the famous duel between him and Aaron Burr, the then vice-president.
It was the first time that the vice-president shot a guy until Dick Cheney in February 2006.
Prior to being the vice-president, Burr served a single term as a senator from New York. The seat was later occupied by Robert Kennedy…
Charles Goodell, the father of the current NFL commissioner Roger, and Daniel Patrick Moynihan.
The seat today is held by Kristen Gillibrand who was appointed to the seat in 2009 and won the seat in a special election in 2010.
Who occupied the seat between January 2001 to January 2009?
Miranda is also a Hillary Clinton supporter.
And understands politics given that his father was an adviser to former New York City mayor Ed Koch so he has an idea what goes on in the room where it happens and how the sausage is made.
On Monday night at a Clinton fundraiser event in New York City, the greatest city in the world, Miranda along with Renée Elise Goldsberry, who played Angelica Schuyler Church, preformed a song with some altered lines from “The World Was Wide Enough” to tell people that it’s 2016 and vote for her.
In this election, history has its eyes on us.