Hamilton is a musical inspired by Ron Chernow’s biography of founding father Alexander Hamilton. The production, which opened on Broadway on Aug. 6, 2015, is original, exhilarating, thoughtful, and thoroughly entertaining.
Hamilton runs at the Richard Rodgers Theatre located at 226 West 46th Street. The jam-packed show runs nearly three hours and contains one intermission.
Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote Hamilton’s music, lyrics, and book. He also originated the role of Alexander Hamilton.
That name should sound familiar to Broadway aficionados. Miranda wrote the music and lyrics, and originated the lead role for the 2008 Tony Award winning Best Musical, In the Heights.
Miranda got the idea for Hamilton while on vacation from In the Heights. He purchased Chernow’s book at the airport and while reading it realized the biography would make the perfect fodder for a Broadway musical.
Miranda began working on Hamilton during his off time from In the Heights.
Amazingly, the only major theatre work about Hamilton was produced in 1917. The 1969 musical, 1776, was about the founding fathers but Alexander Hamilton was not a character.
Similarities Between Hamilton and In The Heights.
>>Both Hamilton and In the Heights opened on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.
>>Both Hamilton and In the Heights were directed by Thomas Kail and choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler.
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