Since it first opened off-Broadway last year to rave reviews, sellout crowds, and lines around blocks, Hamilton has been a success like nothing the Great White Way has seen lately—possibly because it’s anything but white.
The life of Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton might seem like an odd subject to excite people this much. But today, the hip-hop infused story of “the $10 founding father” finally arrived on the Internet, with NPR streaming the Broadway cast recording for the first time—and #Hamiltunes promptly topped U.S. trending topics on Twitter, as ecstatic musical lovers celebrated.
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) September 21, 2015
— jessejaehoon (@jessejaehoon) September 21, 2015
*cancels meeting with boss later today* SORRY, CAN'T WORK, GOTTA LISTEN TO HAMILTON. #Hamiltunes
— Rachel Bellavia (@Sir_Rachel) September 21, 2015
me: so uh hamilton dropped early
roommate: THAT'S why you screamed and woke me up#hamiltunes
— rachel bernstein (@rachel_shoshana) September 21, 2015
Hamilton is ostensibly about the founding fathers, a kind of 1776 for millennials. But with a cast almost totally comprised of actors of color—including show creator Lin-Manuel Miranda in the lead role—this version of the men who made America great is a re-appropriation of an American dream that has all too often uplifted only white men at the expense of everyone else.