99 Facts About Hamilton The Musical That Everyone Should Know

Shagun Dhanuka
Feb 29, 2024 By Shagun Dhanuka
Originally Published on Jan 26, 2022
Edited by Rhea Nischal
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The film Hamilton is based on historian Ron Chernow's life story of American history hero Alexander Hamilton.

Alexander Hamilton, whose portrait is on the 10-dollar note in the United States, led a remarkable life. In 1755, Alexander Hamilton was born on the Caribbean island of Nevis, and as a teenager, he moved to New York to further his studies.

Hamilton: An American Musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda is a musical interpretation of Alexander Hamilton's story that is sung and rapped through.

It chronicles the tale of Alexander Hamilton, a founding father of the United States of America.

In the first act, Alexander Hamilton's story of his life and how many historical figures including King George III, and Thomas Jefferson inspired it is shown.

Philip Hamilton, Alexander Hamilton's son, is also a part of the musical.

In the 2020 film adaptation of Hamilton, the original hit Broadway ensemble is also featured.

In 2016, the Hamilton Mixtape was produced, which featured remixes, covers, and excerpts of the musical's songs.

The Hamilton mixtape debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 chart.

Lin Manuel Miranda has announced Hamildrops, the second series of 13 Hamilton-related compositions that will be released once a month for the next year.

Only three of the original meeting cast members of Hamilton appeared in the Off-Broadway performance.

Hamilton has been dubbed 'America then, as told by America now.' for the use of current storytelling techniques by Miranda.

Lin-Manuel Miranda composed the songs, words, and book for the musical.

Non-white actors play the founding fathers and other significant people in the Hamilton musical, which is well-known.

On July 3, 2020, Disney+ released a film that is a live version of the Hamilton musical with the main cast.

Hamilton is such a popular show that theatergoers purchased all of Mirvish Productions' season subscriptions in July to ensure that they would have a seat.

Then, when tickets were available to the general public, fans stood in line for hours, smashing Canadian musical theater records.

Hamilton was nominated for 16 Tony Awards in 2016, a new high, and won 11 of them.

It has now gone on to win a slew of additional prestigious prizes, including the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album and the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

In 2013, the Powerhouse Theater on the grounds of Vassar College in New York hosted a workshop production of Hamilton.

One of Hamilton's greatest triumphs was making the tale of the United States' origins relate to the narrative of the United States.

Continue reading to learn more about Alexander Hamilton and the musical based on him.

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Facts About Hamilton The Musical

  • Hamilton was shot over three days, combining two live performances with close-ups, dolly shots, Steadicam, and crane shots shot without an audience.
  • Jonathan Groff's performance as King George III in the Hamilton musical lasts just nine minutes.
  • 'The Story of Tonight' was the song from Hamilton that had the largest effect on Leslie Odom Jr.
  • Okieriete Onaodowan was called in for a George Washington audition before being cast as Hercules Mulligan/James Madison.
  • Learning 'Helpless' and 'Satisfied' on a turntable' everyone says, was the hardest aspect of the rehearsal process for Hamilton.
  • Before Miranda's version of Hamilton, the story had already been performed on Broadway. In 1917, Mary Hamlin penned the very first Hamilton story to be performed on Broadway.
  • The first two songs in Hamilton ended up taking Lin-Manuel Miranda almost two years to write. Miranda put forth a lot of effort to make sure they turned out beautiful.
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda's first appearance as Alexander Hamilton was at the White House in 2009.
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote 'You'll Be Back' on his honeymoon and 'You'll Be Back' on the subway.
  • The Chelsea Piers on Manhattan's West Side hosted the after-party for Hamilton's Broadway premiere.
  • Even though several of the key characters being represented were white, Miranda hired non-Caucasian actors in prominent parts on purpose.
  • Hamilton was not the only Broadway musical to be inspired by the founding fathers of the United States.
  • Sherman Edwards and Peter Stone's novel '1776' was about the writing of the Declaration of Independence.
  • Many celebrities, including Beyonce, Oprah Winfrey, and Tom Hanks, have expressed their adoration for Hamilton.
  • The popularity of the musical led to the publication of 'Hamilton: The Revolution', a popular companion book.
  • In it, Hamilton pays homage to a variety of rap and hip-hop acts that influenced Miranda's songs.
  • Some of Hamilton's biggest names lent their support to a charity founded by Alexander Hamilton's wife.
  • Outside of musical portions, the production is a real musical, hence there is no spoken conversation.
  • Hamilton started as a compilation album before becoming a musical.
  • In the original version, the Hamilton song 'MY SHOT' had an extended stanza for Hercules Mulligan.
  • At first, Lin Manuel Miranda could not decide if he wanted to perform Hamilton or Aaron Burr at first.
  • The death of George Washington was cut off from Hamilton by Lin Manuel Miranda.
  • The ticket lottery for the play Hamilton had its show to keep the people entertained and to make sure that no one returned home empty-handed.
  • Early in the course of the production, one sung phrase, in particular, elicited such a strong response from the crowd that it was tough to decipher what the performers said next.
  • The set of Hamilton was symbolic in a way that it appeared to be an incomplete and under-construction colonial building.
  • Aaron Burr regrets the fact that, despite his survival, he will be regarded as the monster who killed Hamilton.
  • Beyonce, Danny DeVito, and Joe Biden were among the celebrities who autographed Hamilton's life-sized stencil backstage.
  • President Obama is among the massive admirers of the musical.
  • Stephen Sondheim, the man behind 'Into the Woods', 'Sweeney Todd', and a slew of other musicals, has given Hamilton his seal of approval.
  • Ron Chernow's book concerning Alexander Hamilton's real life served as inspiration for the show.
  • Due to his success, Alexander Hamilton's face was kept on the 10-dollar bill.
  • There were plans to remove Alexander Hamilton's face from the 10-dollar note in 2015, but the popularity of Hamilton's musical led to the decision to maintain his visage on the currency.
  • Les Misérables was one of his all-time favorites, and Miranda was inspired to write Hamilton by that musical theater masterpiece.
  • Miranda took certain liberties with the history when creating the program, but he was a perfectionist about the facts in general, even hiring author Ron Chernow as a consultant.
  • Musicals are known for having conversations between songs, but Miranda discovered that the spoken text clashed with hip-hop.
  • Soon after the 2016 presidential election, Vise President Mike Pence was booed by residents of the Hamilton community, which has a strong pro-immigration agenda.
  • In January 2015, the musical had its off-Broadway debut at The Public Theater.
  • It's not the only occasion Alexander Hamilton has been mentioned in hip-hop.
  • Back in 2009, Miranda performed 'The Hamilton Mixtape' at the White House.

Behind The Scenes Facts

  • To acquire as many close shots as possible, they chose 12 musical songs to shoot three to four rounds.
  • Despite singing and delivering the 'Helpless' reverse during 'Satisfied,' Renée Elise Goldsberry considered the last toast to be the most difficult portion of the song.
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda even composed a second phrase to 'Guns and Ships' just for Daveed Diggs because everyone was so taken with his sense of balance.
  • Daveed Diggs averages roughly 6.3 words per second during Lafayette's quickest rhyme, 'Guns and Ships,' making it the speediest lyrics in performing arts history.
  • Lin-Manuel penned the middle section of 'Right Hand Man' during a technical session for choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler, who came up with the notion of The Bullet as a character.
  • When Eliza sat beside Philip while training him at the piano, Phillipa Soo would remain entirely in character.
  • At that moment, Leslie Odom Jr. would genuinely lower his head and offer a small prayer for his unborn daughter during 'Dear Theodosia'.
  • Every night in the wings, Renée Elise and Lin-Manuel would observe Phillipa perform 'Burn'.
  • The letters Eliza burns in 'Burn' are cursive transcripts of Eliza and Alexander's genuine correspondence.
  • The letters are printed on special paper that flames for around 2:09 seconds.
  • During 'France' Daveed improvised Jefferson's 'What'd I Miss' line, which they opted to include in the performance.
  • The last gasp wasn't put into the screenplay, but Lin-Manuel saw an opportunity to create another scene that would 'extend beyond' the finale.
  • The venues listed in the 'Special Thanks' section of the credits are all of the locales where Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote Hamilton over seven years.
  • Plans for a nationwide tour of Hamilton surfaced in the last week of January 2016.
  • Tickets for the tour's first stop in San Francisco sold out in just 24 hours of being on sale.
  • Shortly after landing in New York, Hamilton interacts with John Laurens, Hercules Mulligan, and the Marquis de Lafayette in 'Aaron Burr, Sir'.
  • The musical's first act song 'My Shot' has two allusions to iconic '90s New York rap tracks.
  • Beyoncé praised Jonathan Groff, who portrayed King George III in the film, for his royal entrance.
  • In the film, Miranda had the option of playing either the eponymous Hamilton or Aaron Burr, but he ultimately chose Hamilton.
  • The Roots of Philadelphia created the CD for Hamilton, which later became the first cast album to top Billboard's Top Rap Albums.
  • Many musicians, including Alicia Keys, Usher, Kelly Clarkson, and Chance the Rapper, have recorded renditions of songs from the show Hamilton for the Hamilton Mixtape.

Importance Of Hamilton

  • Hamilton's popularity is due in part to the show's representation of America's diversity, which supports multiculturalism.
  • It stresses interculturalism and promotes transcultural by incorporating new ethnic groups into the production to produce a unique product.
  • There are a few significant representations in the context of Hamilton's protagonist and antagonist.
  • The musical depicts the highs and lows of Hamilton's turbulent life, which included an infamous sex scandal portraying multiculturalism.
  • The musical highlights interculturalism by showing two conflicting cultural leaders' battles and power arrangements.
  • Hamilton embraces transcultural by combining numerous cultures to produce a new kind of art with a varied cast.
  • The characters' moral lives are driven by a sense that everybody has a past and a legacy, which pushes them to strive for what they value.
  • Hamilton's progressive attitude extends to the production's treatment of slavery.
  • By showing Thomas Jefferson's slaves, Hamilton confronts the issue head-on.
  • Because of his childhood experiences in the Caribbean, Miranda noted, Alexander Hamilton campaigned against slavery, allowing the performance to openly address this injustice.
  • Death, as a personification, appears in the drama as a character.
  • Throughout the program, a figure known as The Bullet comes to foretell the deaths of many characters.
  • Miranda frequently emphasizes that slavery is mentioned in the show's third line, distinguishing it from many historical texts that ignore the founding fathers' usage of slaves.

Awards Won By Hamilton The Musical

  • Hamilton has gained critical acclaim since its release.
  • In total, eight Drama Desk Awards were given to Hamilton, including one for Outstanding Musical.
  • At the 70th Tony Awards, Hamilton had a record-breaking 16 Tony nominations and won 11 prizes, including Best Musical.
  • Hamilton also won the Pulitzer Prize in 2016 for the genre Drama.
  • Following previews, the West End show premiered at Victoria Palace Theatre, earning seven Olivier Awards in 2018, including Best New Musical.
  • The Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album went to the original cast recording.
  • The production was highly popular and received 11 Tony Awards.
  • For the choreography in the show, Andy Blankenbuehler won a Special Drama Desk Award.
  • With 16 Tony Award nominations, the musical now holds the world record for most Tony Award nominations.
  • In 2016, the book received a Goodreads Choice Award for Nonfiction.
  • The audiobook was named Audiobook of the Year at the Audio Publishers Association's 2017 Audie Awards.
  • Hamilton garnered a record-breaking 10 Lortel Awards, three Outer Critic Circle Awards, eight Drama Desk Awards, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best New Musical, and an OBIE for Best New American Play for its sold-out Off-Broadway run at The Public Theater.
  • In 2016, Leslie Odom, Jr. took home the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical.
  • The Tony Award for Best Musical went to Hamilton in 2016.
  • The 2016 Tony Award for Direction of a Musical was bagged by Thomas Kail.
  • Miranda took up the title of Best Original Theater Score.
  • In 2016, Daveed Diggs took home the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical.
  • Renée Elise Goldsberry won a Tony Award for Best Performance for her role in Hamilton.
  • Hamilton won the 2016 Tony Awards and was hailed as the most important new American musical in a generation.
  • In one week in New York City, Hamilton broke the world record for the most revenue generated by a Broadway show.
  • More than a year in advance, tickets were sold out.
  • The musical made over $3.3 million, making it the first Broadway show to ever gross more than $3 million throughout eight performances.
  • Rise, a 2018 NBC sitcom, made a reference to Hamilton in its inaugural episode.

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Der Film Hamilton basiert auf der Lebensgeschichte des amerikanischen Geschichtshelden Alexander Hamilton durch den Historiker Ron Chernow.

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Written by Shagun Dhanuka

Bachelor of Business Administration

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Shagun DhanukaBachelor of Business Administration

With a Degree in Business Administration, Shagun is an avid writer with a passion for food, fashion, and travel, which she explores on her blog. Her love of literature has led her to become a member of a literary society, where she contributes to promoting literary festivals in her role as head of marketing for her college. Shagun also pursues learning the Spanish language in her free time.

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