“Hamilton,” a much-anticipated new musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda (“In the Heights”), who sets the story of Alexander Hamilton and the founding fathers to contemporary hip-hop, will have its world premiere next winter at the Public Theater, executives there announced Thursday. Mr. Miranda won the 2008 Tony Award for best score for “In the Heights,” a Broadway hit that also won the best musical Tony and ran for three years, with Mr. Miranda starring as a bodega owner besotted with his Washington Heights neighborhood.
In “Hamilton,” inspired by the biography “Alexander Hamilton” by Ron Chernow, Mr. Miranda will rap as the title character – an immigrant to the United States, after growing up in the British West Indies, who becomes a New Yorker and founding father and ultimately serves as the first secretary of the treasury. The show features a history book’s worth of quarreling characters including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and Vice President Aaron Burr, who fatally shot Hamilton during a duel in 1804 in Weehawken, N.J. Casting for the other roles will be announced later. The musical is to begin performances on Jan. 20, 2015, and is scheduled to run through Feb. 22.
See below for Led Black’s review of a prototype version of the show, then entitled “The Hamilton Mixtape”, that opened up the prestigious Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series in 2012.
Check out: The Alexander Hamilton Mixtape
Check out Lin-Manuel performing a piece from Hamilton in front of our President, Barack Obama, and the First Lady.