Meet the creator of “Hamilton”

Kyle Hurt, Staff Member

Last Sunday the musical “Hamilton” was highlighted on “60 Minutes”.  During the segment, you got to see a behind the scenes look of the new production but even more fascinating was the one on one talk with the creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda. Only 35 years old, Miranda has won a Grammy, Emmy, and a Tony for his first original musical “In the Heights”. Not only is he an amazing writer and composer, he also is a talented actor and singer as he leads the thrilling cast of “Hamilton” as Alexander Hamilton himself.

It took Miranda worked six years to finish the project. His biggest challenge was finding a way to fit the long history of Alexander Hamilton into a night of musical theater.

When asked by Charlie Rose about the process of creating the musical, Miranda said, “The thing about Hamilton is he spoke in paragraphs. So the opening sentence of our show is this crazy, run-on sentence. “How does a bastard orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot in the Caribbean by providence, impoverished in squalor, comma, grow up to be a hero and a scholar?” That’s the question we’re gonna answer for the next two hours and 45 minutes.”

Miranda also went on to say, “I also believe it is uniquely suited to tell Hamilton’s story. Because it has more words per measure than any other musical genre. It has rhythm and it has density. And if Hamilton had anything in his writings it was this density.”

This was only the beginning to the creation of the Broadway monster hit. Miranda went onto speak about the diverse cast and how he got into musical theatre in the first place.

This week’s Hamilton Cast Album suggestion is track #5 titled “Schuyler Sisters”.

This song showcases the amazing female leads in the show; some refer to them as the “Founding Mothers”. The song features Phillipa Soo, who was is now eligible for a 2016 Tony Awards for Best Leading Female in a Musical.

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