Seeds: “How does a bastard, orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot in the Caribbean impoverished by providence in squalor grow up to be a hero and a scholar?” This is the question everyone has been asking since the untold story of Alexander Hamilton, one of our nation’s founding fathers, hit Broadway in August of 2015. The musical tells the story of America’s founding fathers… all through the medium of hip hop and rap.
Core: The musical has set new standards as to what a successful show on Broadway can be, especially since the story (which is about a bunch of old white guys) is played by predominantly African-American, Hispanic, and Asian actors. Through its songs, the play comments on all angles of the human experience and exposes what one loses when they only look at history from the eyes of the victor.
Skin: The musical has taken the theater world by storm, gaining extremely positive reviews, proving that every musical does not have to look or sound a specific way in order to be successful. Not to mention, it’s incredibly difficult to get tickets. So difficult in fact, that the sight of a Hamilton t-shirt in New York City has become a badge of honor.
Leaves: The show has attracted both old and young audiences and has proven to be enlightening to all age groups. The show highlights the fact that our founding fathers are not simply old white guys to be idealized in the modern day, but rather actual people who faced similar struggles as we do. The show reclaims history for all people of different cultures in our nation and encapsulates what it means to achieve the American Dream. And besides… the soundtrack is hella fun to sing along to.
Food For Thought: Have you listened to the music or seen the show? What do you think of the show’s message?