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Brianna Koener

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2008 Broadway
there are many...
Nominated for 16 Tony Awards
composer, lyricist, and performer
Miranda’s first Broadway musical
What inspired the musical?
Alexander Hamilton-
500 page biography by Ron Chernow of Alexander Hamilton, the Founding Father who galvanized, inspired, scandalized, and shaped the newborn nation.
Hamilton Cast
Hamilton Set/Lighting
"an achievement of historical and cultural reimagining"
Concept of Hamilton
Hamilton Rehearsals
"If you pay you can stay"
"...and Peggy"
"Come again!"
Laurens/Phillip Hamilton

Hercules Mulligan/James Madison
Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds
Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson
Laurence/Phillip Hamilton
George Washington
"Wait for it"
Aaron Burr
"I'm not throwing away my shot."
Alexander Hamilton
Eliza Hamilton
Angelica Schuyler
August 6, 2015
On the opening night of Hamilton the msucial a small video crew followed around members of the cast of Hamilton on opening night. This video was prduced by one of the cast members Leslie Odom Jr. who plays Aaron Burr.
Opening Night
"Our cast looks like America looks now, and that’s certainly intentional. It’s a way of pulling you into the story and allowing you to leave whatever cultural baggage you have about the founding fathers at the door."
"Alexander Hamilton"
"Aaron Burr, Sir"
"My Shot"
"The Story Of Tonight"
"The Schuyler Sisters"
"Farmer Refuted"
"You'll Be Back"
"Right Hand Man"
"A Winter's Ball"
"The Story of Tonight (Reprise)"
"Wait For It"
"Stay Alive"
"Ten Duel Commandments"
"Meet Me Inside"
"That Would Be Enough"
"Guns and Ships"
"History Has Its Eyes On You"
"Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down)"
"What Comes Next"
"Dear Theodosia"
Lin Manuel Miranda wrote the book, music, and lyrics for the musical Hamilton along with playing the leading role of Alexander Hamilton himself.
Born in Manhattan, New York City
Parents immigrated from Puerto Rico
Earned honorary doctorate from Wesleyan University
As a kid, he helped create jingles for campaigns
College sophomore wrote a draft of
In The Heights
He gained success off-Broadway for
In The Heights...
Received four 2008 Tony Awards
The story explores three days in the characters' lives in the New York City Latino neighborhood of Washington Heights.
Alexander Hamilton
founder of the nation's financial system
follows Hamilton from birth to death
Why Hamilton?
Founding Father who galvanized, inspired, scandalized, and shaped the newborn nation.
The score features hip-hop, salsa, merengue and soul music.
Lin's Parents-
Lin's father was an immigrant who came to America for an education. Lin recognized his father in the persona of Hamilton.
"I'm actually working on a hip-hop album, a concept album, about the life of someone I think embodies hip-hop... treasury secretary Alexander Hamilton. "
-Lin Manuel Miranda (2009)
In The Heights-
The success of In The Heights showed the success that hip-hop and rap can generate and Lin thought that rap was the perfect way to show the founding fathers.
An American Musical
"What'd I Miss"
"Cabinet Battle #1"
"Take A Break"
"Say No To This"
"The Room Where It Happens"
"Schuyler Defeated"
"Cabinet Battle #2"
"Washington On Your Side"
"One Last Time"
"I Know Him"
"The Adams Administration"
"We Know"
"The Reynolds Pamphlet"
"Blow Us All Away"
"Stay Alive (Reprise)"
"It's Quiet Uptown"
"Election of 1800"
"Your Obedient Servant"
"Best of Wives and Best of Women"
"The World Was Wide Enough"
"Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story"
"We're telling the story of old, dead white men but we're using actors of color, and that makes the story more immediate and more accessible to a contemporary audience."
Lin Manuel-Miranda
The set is meant to be what a set might have been at the time of Hamilton and is made of a wooden scaffold against exposed brick with moving stairs, balconies, and turn tables.
"One Last Time"
"What Did I Miss"
"Lancelot of the Revolutionary Set"
On May 12, 2009, Lin-Manuel Miranda performed the early version of "The Hamilton Mixtape" at the White House Evening of Poetry, Music, and the Spoken Word and was accompanied by Alex Lacamoire (who later became the accomanist for Hamilton the Musical).
Hamilton tells the story of the first American immigrant. It is able to capture what it feels like to land here on your own and make your own way.
Hamilton uses revolutionary music (hip-hop) for a revolutionary time. In America's revolution, the people needed not only great fighters but great thinkers and writers to start this nation. In hip hop, you have more language in each measure than any other musical form and you are more able to capture those great thinkers in the songs and lyrics.
Hamilton is meant to eliminate any distance between the audience and the story. The audience can see themselves on stage through the diverse cast and modern sound.
Hamilton features scenic design by David Korins and lighting design by Howell Binkley.
The lighting design of Hamilton is dark and dim suggesting the glow of candle light. Many techniques to create the atmoshpere of Hamilton are shown through the lighting such as the explosion of a canon or the spark of a gun.
Alexander Hamilton was a Founding Father of the United States. An immigrant to America, he quickly rose in power through his incredible writing. He shortly became General George Washington's right hand man, huge advocate of the U.S. Constitution, the founder of the nation's financial system, the founder of the Federalist Party, the Father of the United States Coast Guard, and the founder of The New York Post.
Eliza Hamilton was the wife of Alexander Hamilton, and co-founder and deputy director of the first orphanage in New York City.
Aaron Burr was an American politician. He was the third Vice President of the United States during President Thomas Jefferson's first term. Burr is the one who killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel.
Angelica Schuyler was the eldest daughter of Philip Schuyler and sister of Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton (wife of Alexander Hamilton) and Margarita "Peggy" Schuyler Van Rensselaer. She had many interactions with founding fathers such as Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, George Washington, and the Marquis de Lafayette.
George Washington was the first President of the United States, the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He is also known as the father of America.
Marquis de Lafayette was a French aristocrat and military officer who fought for the United States in the American Revolutionary War.
Thomas Jefferson was an American Founding Father who was the main author of the Declaration of Independence. He was elected the second Vice President of the United States, serving under John Adams and in 1800 was elected third President.
Maria Reynolds was the 23-year-old who had an affair with Alexander Hamilton
James Madison was a political theorist, American statesman, and served as the fourth President of the United States.
Hercules Mulligan was a tailor and patriot spy during the American Revolution.
John Laurens was an American soldier during the American Revolutionary War, best known for his criticism of slavery and efforts to help recruit slaves to fight for their freedom as U.S. soldiers.
Margarita "Peggy" Schuyler Van Rensselaer was the sister of Eliza and Angelica
"It might be nice"
Phillip Hamilton was the first son of Alexander Hamilton who was compared to have the same virtue and knowledge to that of his father. He was killed in a duel just as he faher would be killed in a duel.
"Summon all courage you require"
"Those redcoats don't warner with me"
the Pultizer Prize for Best Drama
a Grammy for best musical album
Won multiple Lucille Lortel Awards
Won multiple Outer Critics Circle Awards
Won multiple Drama Desk Awards
New York Drama Critics' Circle Awards
Dramatists Guild of America Awards
Edward M. Kennedy Prize
and many more...
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Odom, Leslie. "Hamilton Opening Night." Cast Perspective. New York: YouTube, 26 08 2015.
PBS. "Hip-hop and history blend." for Broadway hit ‘Hamilton’. New York: YouTube, 20 11 2015.
Reason, Matthew. The Young Audience. London: Trentham Books, 2010. Print.
Rivero, Tanya. "'Hamilton' Star on Show Success." Cast Album. New York: YouTube, 08 25 2015.
Rodenburg, Patsy. The Actor Speaks. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2000. Print.
TODAY. "'Hamilton' Star Lin-Manuel Miranda." Talks Inspiration From Family, Politics. New York: YouTube, 16 03 2016.
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