Hamilton is an American Musical theatre production that depicts the story of the American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. The musical consists of lyrics, music and also a book by Lin-Manuel Miranda. The show draws its music from different genres like pop, R&B, soul and other traditional-style show tunes. Hamilton is described popularly as “America then, as told by America now.”
From the very beginning of its show, Hamilton gained positive reviews from audiences’ and theatre critics’. It was first premiered on February 17, 2015, at the Public Theater, Off-Broadway. The show was then transferred to Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway, on August 6, 2015. In both its performances, the play won the hearts of many and also gained massive popularity at the box office. Hamilton won various awards throughout this course, including 16 nominations and 11 wins at the Tony Awards. The play also received the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Hamilton is a musical play that describers Hamilton’s life in two acts, on how various characters has influenced his life. The play also includes characters of former presidents like George Washington, James Madison, and Thomas Jefferson.
The first act displaces the life of Alexander Hamilton as an orphan who leaves home and arrives in New York in 1776. Hamilton impresses Aaron Burr, and many others with his rhetorical skills. During the New Jersey campaign, Hamilton accepts the position of George Washington’s right-hand man. Eventually, Eliza Schuyler falls in love with Alexander and marries him, and he agrees with the position of field command. Hamilton is then suspended for a riot in the continental army and is called back by Washington during the war along with France. The scene ends with Hamilton’s wife having a baby name Philip.
Act II is more about the political front of it, with members of Congress and the cabinet meetings. In this act, Washington steps down as the president, who is replaced by John Adams. John Adams fires Hamilton, after which Hamilton decides to write about his private and public affairs in the Reynolds Pamphlet. The act ends by Hamilton and Burr firing at each other, which results in the death of Hamilton and how Eliza kept Hamilton’s legacy alive.
- The original record was available for the public in September 2015
- A Hamilton mixed tape was released in 2016 that consisted of all the covers remixes and samples from the musicals’ songs.
- The cover for Hamilton instrumentals from the Broadway original was released in 2017.
- A series of 13 Hamilton related music named Hamildrops was released in 2017-2018.
- Off-Broadway was the first to produce the play of Hamilton in 2015.
- It was later premiered on Broadway at Richard Rodgers Theatre in 2015. The musical was subjected to various cuts and deletion of absolute numbers, which also included rewriting Hamilton’s death as well.
- Hamilton was later previewed in the CIBC Theatre in Chicago on September 27, 2016. The Chicago production closed on January 5, 2020, after 1341 successful shows in the city.