Hamilton, the smash hit Broadway show, has done what every composer, actor, director, costume designer, and intern dreams of accomplishing: winning a Pulitzer Award. It is a big deal since only nine musicals have won the award over the last hundred years. It is no surprise to critics and the audience that the most iconic musical of this generation won one of the most prestigious awards. The play has pioneered a kind of musical and has shaped the future of Broadway musicals. Suffice to say, our generation has witnessed history.
Hamilton is based on the life of Alexander Hamilton and includes figures from his life such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, King George III, etc. However it is evident to the common audience that most of the cast are of color. This Broadway musical represents the Americans of today, who are of different color and of different decedents. Critics and audience members alike applaud the musical for bringing more color to the stage notorious for presenting primarily white-dominated casts. Hamilton is, unquestionably, the musical that will bring in more diversity within the audience as well as the stage since it presents a casts that more Americans can relate to.
The factor that makes Hamilton such a delight is the infusion of modern music styling like hip-hop and rap. It is hard for the average music lover to see a bridge between hip-hop and Broadway music even to be blueprinted, much less built. Nevertheless, Lin- Manuel Miranda, the composer and actor who plays Hamilton, does what was previously considered dangerous. Hip-hop lovers have appreciated Lin-Manuel’s ability to integrate hip-hop and storytelling, giving the music style the respect it deserves. Hamilton creates history by introducing the new genre of music to the Broadway that will trailblaze a new era of musicals.
Hamilton is a show for everyone. It has hip-hop for people who want to listen to original music that does not involve the usual jazz numbers and flashy dresses. Theater snobs who only watch productions of critical acclaim and high Broadway value can enjoy this musical that has been proven to be more than just a guilty pleasure. History nerds can relax knowing that the musical have been given scrupulous attention to the historical accuracy. A musical that offers so much to a diverse audience is rare, and getting a ticket to this play is equivalent to finding a pot of gold. The Hamilton fever has led to tickets being sold out and people are paying up to eight-hundred dollars just to see a scene of this extolled musical.