2016. USA. Dir: Alex Horwitz. Documentary. 84 min.
You’ve watched Lin-Manuel Miranda on SNL, sung along to the cast album a little too loudly at parties, and (if you’re lucky) seen the Broadway smash hit Hamilton itself. The alumnus-directed PBS Great Performances doc provides an unprecedented look into the behind-the-scenes creation of a pop culture phenomenon.
Our favorite Broadway composer/performer, Lin-Manuel Miranda ’02–who wrote his debut In the Heights during his sophomore year at Wesleyan–has created anotherhit. Hamilton, a musical about the life of Alexander Hamilton, played almost entirely by actors of color and with a score composed not of “typical” show tunes but of rap, hip hop, and pop ballads, opened on Broadway in August. Next Friday, October 2nd, a special Wesleyan-only benefit performance will take place.Those of us who can’t make it to the show are in luck, though; the sung-through musical is fully represented on the cast recording, which comes out Friday, September 25th. If you’re not interested in paying $20 for an album, or if you’re not sold on musicals, or rap musicals, or American history, the entire album is available to stream for free on NPR until Friday. Check it out!
Daniel Thatcherson of the Baby-Mâché Players writes:
Hello Wellesleyan University! We are absolutely thrilled to bring our production of New York: You Are My Wife to your quaint little campus. The Baby-Mâché Players, an up and coming theater company from the outskirts of ol’ NY City, have crafted a collective work of art that brings together the best of our Big Fat Apple and throws it up in your face in the form of a cabaret show. Songs! Monologues! Slam poetry! We’ve got it all. So why don’t you come along TONIGHT, TOMORROW, or SATURDAY at 8 as we take you for a ride through “the heart of it all”?! Find out more here!