2020 | Broadway, Musical | 160 minutes | English
The film is a live recording of Miranda’s 2015 Broadway musical of the same name, which in turn was adapted from Ron Chernow’s 2004 biography, Alexander Hamilton. The musical highlights the life of Alexander Hamilton as he leaves his home in Nevis and arrives in New York in 1776. As aide-to-camp to George Washington, Hamilton is deeply involved in the Revolutionary War. The Marquis de Lafayette convinces France to get involved and side with the colonists. At the Siege of Yorktown, Hamilton meets up with Lafayette as they defeat the British. After the victory, Hamilton co-authors the Federalist Papers and is appointed Secretary of the Treasury by newly-elected president George Washington. This position enables Hamilton to put the new nation on a solid financial base. Hamilton’s primary opponent is Aaron Burr. When Hamilton endorses Thomas Jefferson as the next president in 1800, Burr is furious. He challenges Hamilton to a duel. Hamilton intentionally misses his shot and dies as a result. Burr laments that even though he survived, he will always be remembered as the villain who killed Hamilton. As critic Jesse Green stated in New York magazine, HAMILTON brings the complexity of forming a union from disparate constituencies right to your ears.
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Accolades from the Broadway Production:
Pulitzer Prize: Winner, Best Drama
Tony Awards: Winners, Best Musical; Best Book (Lin-Manuel Miranda); Best Original Score (Lin-Manuel Miranda); Best Actor in a Musical (Leslie Odom, Jr.); Best Featured Actor in a Musical (Daveed Diggs)
Drama League: Winner, Outstanding Broadway Production
Grammy Awards: Winner, Best Musical Theater Album
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I am loath to tell people to mortgage their houses and lease their children to acquire tickets to a hit Broadway show. But HAMILTON, directed by Thomas Kail, with words and music by Lin-Manuel Miranda, might just be worth it. Washington, Jefferson, Madison—they’re all here, making war and writing constitutions. So are Aaron Burr and the Marquis de Lafayette. And the big stage they inhabit has been done up to suggest a period-appropriate tavern, where incendiary youth might gather to drink, brawl, and plot revolution.
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