Why ‘Hamilton’ Is One Of The Best Musicals In Broadway’s History

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop musical "Hamilton" made history on Broadway long before netting a record number of Tony Award nominations.

“Hamilton” has made history after grabbing 16 Tony Award nominations. Previously, the record was held by "The Producers" (2001) and "Billy Elliot" (2009) with 15 each.

However, long before the Tony nominations, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop sensation about "the scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America" had started making waves nationally and internationally.

"Hamilton" has received wide praise for its multi-ethnic cast. Nearly all white characters are played by African-Americans, Latinos or Asians. There’s only one white lead who plays Britain's King George III.

"It's the story about America then, told by America now," director Tommy Kail said of the decision to cast actors of color as the Founding Fathers and their female contemporaries.

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Last year, the "Hamilton" cast album became the first ever musical to reach the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s rap chart.

In April, it won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for drama, becoming the ninth musical in nearly a century to win the accolade, which is usually given to plays. Here’s how Miranda reacted to the news:



Naturally, the show is also a massive commercial success. It’s sold out until January 2017 and the average price of the ticket, according to the Daily Beast, is $1,200, making it the most expensive Broadway musical ever.

But don’t worry. You can enjoy the off-stage magic by Miranda and the rest of the cast on their YouTube channel.

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