‘Hamilton’ is a tour de force of radical musical imagination ‘Told by America Now’ | Entertainment

Neil Haskell in “Hamilton”

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Other info: Called by Miranda “the story of America then, told by America now,” the three-hour, two-act musical has been a box office sensation since it opened in New York. in 2015. Off-Broadway in early 2015, “Hamilton” moved to Broadway a few months later, earning a record 16 Tony Award nominations and winning 11 awards, including Best Musical, Best Book of a Comedy musical and the best musical score.

“Hamilton” also won a Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Miranda, who wrote the book, music and lyrics, in 2016; a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album in 2016; and several Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical in 2018 for the West End production in London. Miranda’s work is inspired by “Alexander Hamilton”, a biography of the immigrant founding father by Ron Chernow.

The fast-paced show, which is powered by one lively number after another with only occasional interludes for the ballads — and those ballads also affect — is populated by artists of color, a move by Miranda to reflect the look of America contemporary.

Stephanie Jae Park, Ta_Rea Campbell, Paige Smallwood in 'Hamilton'

Stephanie Jae Park, Ta’Rea Campbell and Paige Smallwood in “Hamilton”

Photo by Joan Marcus

“Our cast looks like America now, and that’s certainly intentional,” Miranda said. “We tell the story of old dead white men, but we use actors of color, which makes the story more immediate and more accessible to a contemporary audience.”