Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda based his audacious, multi-ethnic musical on Ron Chernow’s bestselling biography “Alexander Hamilton.” Miranda reportedly read the book on vacation. Struck by how the power struggle between Alexander Hamilton and political rival Aaron Burr was like the rap battles that flew back and forth between Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls, Miranda knew he had the idea for his next musical.
The score for “Hamilton” includes catchy, unforgettable musical numbers which blend hip-hop, jazz, R&B, rap and classic Broadway musical styles. The show, bursting with energy, inspires audiences to the point of singing along, most often during the song “You’ll Be Back,” King George III’s darkly gleeful warning to the upstart colonies.
The actor Joseph Morales plays Hamilton. He starred in Miranda’s “In the Heights,” 2008’s Tony Award-winner for Best Musical and was the alternate Hamilton during last summer’s Chicago production.
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