Media Item of the Month
Hamilton: An American Musical [CD]
Next month marks Tony season on Broadway and leading the pack is Hamilton: An American Musical with 16 nominations. That’s more than any other Broadway show in history!
The hip-hop musical is based on the life of founding father, Alexander Hamilton. It’s not only seeing accolades from the theatre community, but has also picked up a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
With music, lyrics, and book by Lin-Manuel Miranda, and inspired by the 2004 biography Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow, this show tells the amazing story of Hamilton’s rise from lowly roots in Barbados to adviser to George Washington to becoming the first United States Secretary of the Treasury to Hamilton’s fatal duel with Aaron Burr.
And in telling Hamilton’s story, Miranda also tell the story of the beginnings of our nation. From the American Revolution to the development of the Constitution and Bill of Rights to the way our Treasury Department continues to run today.
In casting the show, Miranda (also the brains behind the music and lyrics for In the Heights) chose to use a diverse cast which reflects more of what our country looks like now than what we read about in text books.
This Broadway recording is extremely entertaining and relatable. The tunes are catchy, and you’ll find yourself humming the tunes weeks after you’ve listened. We have the original Broadway cast recording available for checkout.
By Rebecca H.