Hamilton the musical: America then told by America now

April 6, 2016

An excerpt from an OUPblog article published on Tuesday 29th March 2016, written by R. B. Bernstein, author of The Founding Fathers: A Very Short Introduction.

The Founding Fathers: A Very Short Introduction

'It was only after I finished writing
The Founding Fathers: A Very Short Introduction that I got to see the off-Broadway version of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton: An American Musical” at New York City’s Public Theater. I was lucky enough to see the Broadway version (revised and expanded) last month.

Like many colleagues in early American history (the colonial period through the age of Andrew Jackson), I was entranced by the play. Miranda has pulled off something approaching a miracle — retelling the complicated and dramatic life of Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804) in a Broadway musical, drawing on genres of music and theater from classic show tunes to hip-hop, Britpop, and epic rap battles, delivered by an immensely talented, energetic, multiracial cast.'

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