Show attendees, reporters, politicians, historians, authors, social media, voices in the street, voices in the theatre, dancers, actors, musicians, artists, the fans lining up for 100 hours, our hearts are screaming that Hamilton “the most astonishing thing I have ever seen.” Including my household! WE ARE OBSESSED!!!
“It’s fair to say that “Hamilton” is quickly asserting itself as the most important musical of our time. Miranda’s revolutionary musical gets people thinking about race, history, and theater in ways they’re probably not used to. He educates audiences about an important a piece of American history through rap and hip-hop in a work of art so ingenious that it would be brilliant even if there were no message behind it.” – Chris Weller
And yes- the musical is groundbreaking, but for me it is so much more than that! It is about being fully present in creativity, the delirium of creative process, being “young, scrappy and hungry,” the discipline, the clarity of, the belief in and the evolution of a passion project…
For example, check out this creative process and the evolution of the opening song.
to 2016 Grammy’s:
Lin Manuel vibrates with creativity. For me, his years spent making the show with his incredible team are just as intriguing as the show itself. It is about voraciously writing, reading, researching and interpreting and expressing and TRUSTING.
His process inspires me to PUSH FURTHER… THINK BIGGER!
“Anytime you write something, you go through so many phases. You go through the ‘I’m a Fraud’ phase. You go through the ‘I’ll Never Finish’ phase. And every once in a while you think, ‘What if I actually have created what I set out to create, and it’s received as such?’ ” – Lin-Manuel Miranda
Check out Lin Manuel’s take on the creative process:
And check out:
“Don’t be afraid to take your time.” – Lin Manuel Miranda
It is about going farther, doing better, being excellent and being so fucking enthusiastic about the process and sharing freely!!
And not being bound by old ways of thinking and doing. For example:
“The most obvious difference between “Hamilton” and a history textbook is that nobody in the play looks how they actually looked in real life. Miranda, a Puerto Rican from New York, plays Alexander Hamilton, the rags-to-riches protagonist who moved to the US from the Caribbean at just 17 years old. The rest of the cast is made up of black, Hispanic, and Asian-American performers, a choice Miranda has repeatedly said was deliberate. “Our cast looks like America looks now, and that’s certainly intentional,” Miranda told the New York Times last year. “It’s a way of pulling you into the story and allowing you to leave whatever cultural baggage you have about the founding fathers at the door.” “- Chris Weller
I am so in love with the passion for learning that Hamilton has ignited.
“A transformative teaching moment in America.” – Ron Chernow (Ron Chernow wrote the book about Alexander Hamilton that originally inspired Lin Manuel.)
Check out Ron Chernow on Hamilton: From History to Drama
“History is so subjective. The teller of it determines it.“ – Lin Manuel Miranda
Check out more interviews on Charlie Rose:
“… a significant evolution in musical theatre.” – Charlie Rose
Think I’m crazy? Ah, well! I don’t care! I AM A BELIEVER!
“They went in very skeptical but they came out true believers, like everyone does when they see the show.” – Michelle Obama
Update September 5, 2016:
My $10 bill drawing showed up on-
Need some more convincing why Hamilton is so fucking awesome? Check out:
“When people talk about the role of the arts in our national life, the conversation tends to be dominated by the culture wars, the flashpoints when some outré performance starts everybody screaming. But as the broad embrace of Hamilton demonstrates, artistic expression more often, and more powerfully, has been an integrating force in American life. The founders set E pluribus unum as the national creed without explaining how, exactly, “one” was supposed to arise from “many.” Through artistic expression, the many have found ways to relate to each other, to understand each other, to imagine what it might be like to be one, in spite of political or regional or ethnic divides.” – Jeremy McCarter
And of course:
“You have to live with the notion of, If I don’t write this, no one’s going to write it. If I die, this idea dies with me.” – LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA