The highly applauded Broadway musical that defined the last decade (and had the world brushing up on their Constitution, according to Entertainment Weekly) – Hamilton opened to a packed house in Miami February 19 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. The show runs through March 15.
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s brilliant story of Alexander Hamilton’s contribution to the American Revolution earned “Best Musical” at the 2016 Tony Awards, as well as a Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
In reflection about the show’s global success, Miranda said, “I always had an eye toward the stage for the story of Hamilton’s life, but I began with the idea of a concept album, the way Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Evita’ and ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ were albums before they were musicals.”
“There’s been lots of theater that uses hip-hop in it, but more often than not, it’s used as a joke – isn’t it hilarious that these characters are rapping. I treat it as a musical form, and a musical form that allows you to pack in a ton of lyric.”
“My only responsibility as a playwright and a storyteller is to give you the time of your life in the theatre. I just happen to think that with Hamilton’s story, sticking close to the facts helps me. All the most interesting things in the show happened.”
“I like the quiet it takes to pursue an idea the way I pursued Hamilton, but I couldn’t write a book, because there’s no applause at the end of writing a book!”
Applause indeed! Rounds of it could be heard from the cheering South Florida audience during their standing ovation after the current fell.