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Priority sale tickets (for people who have signed up to the mailing list) : Monday 17 Jan 2017. 
General public: 30 Jan 2017

The notification email says the show will open "at the end of 2017" which seems to me to give them rather more wiggle room than "October 2017"

I am still ridiculously excited though.

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The PBS special "Hamilton's America" is set to air October 21, but I was lucky enough to get a sneak preview of the first half at my library Monday night. It was delightful to be in a small audience of fans who laughed in lots of places.

I really enjoyed what I saw. It's a time capsule of LMM's life and development of the musical, from its beginnings as a single song for the White House showcase to its Broadway debut and cultural splash. None of it was particularly revelatory, considering how many of LMM's interviews and behind-the-scenes peeks I've gobbled up, but there were some great moments with the cast and crew, plus other assorted talking heads. (There was one section where George W. Bush spouted off something so inane about history that the audience started laughing and I couldn't hear the rest of what he said. The filmmakers then followed his clip with one of Elizabeth Warren, and oh, the contrast!)

There were also a few new performance clips, enough that I'm itching to get my hands on the footage. I hope PBS releases the special on DVD or something, especially if they have more material they didn't include in the show itself.

So here's your reminder to mark your calendars, set your DVRs, and do whatever else you need to do to see this.
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It's a challenge to follow in Lin's shoes, but seems like Javier is up to it.

He looks, in other words, nothing like Lin-Manuel Miranda, the puppy-eyed and wholesome-seeming man who wrote Hamilton and originated the role, and who left the show earlier this summer. Miranda has always seemed like a public intellectual, or like a really great high school teacher you’d remember with infinite fondness. Muñoz is different. He’s sexy and puts his body into the show. He writhes and he wiggles, taking his job as a founding father less seriously than the show’s founding father. This Hamilton is a man before he is a father; he’s the Hamilton you’re still thinking about after the stage darkens and the theater empties and you’re home in bed and the lights are out. A friend who’s seen both men puts it like this: early in the show, when Hamilton arrives in New York, naïve and aching to be taken seriously, Miranda sells it better—but when Hamilton graduates to political machinations and adultery, Muñoz is much more credible.”

Javier Muñoz, the New Star of ‘Hamilton,’ on Performing for Obama, Living With HIV, and Life After Death

Any earwitness reports?

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Entertainment Weekly: Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jennifer Lopez team up for song to benefit Orlando victims

Specifically, it's raising funds for Somos Orlando, which aims to "address the long-term needs for mental health services that are culturally competent and bilingual” for victims and families.
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This Wall Street Journal article

How does ‘Hamilton,’
the non stop, hip-hop
Broadway sensation
tap rap's master rhymes
to blur musical lines?

  plays portions of tunes with an animated graphic display of internal rhymes and more, in several places also showing comparable rap and Broadway tunes.  Can you guess for which tune, "This is my favorite lyric to perform in the show every night," says Daveed Diggs?

There's also a poetry game at the end.  Enjoy!
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from the NYTimes, here's Lin-Manuel accepting his 1st Tony for "Best Original Score" with a sonnet to his wife:

My wife’s the reason anything gets done
She nudges me towards promise by degrees
She is a perfect symphony of one
Our son is her most beautiful reprise.
We chase the melodies that seem to find us
Until they’re finished songs and start to play
When senseless acts of tragedy remind us
That nothing here is promised, not one day.
This show is proof that history remembers
We lived through times when hate and fear seemed stronger;
We rise and fall and light from dying embers, remembrances that hope and love last longer
And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love cannot be killed or swept aside.
I sing Vanessa’s symphony, Eliza tells her story
Now fill the world with music, love and pride.

and then the other ten Tonys our show won:
Musical: “Hamilton”

Actor, musical: Leslie Odom Jr., “Hamilton”

Book, musical: “Hamilton,” Lin-Manuel Miranda

Original Score: “Hamilton,” music and lyrics, Lin-Manuel Miranda

Featured actor, musical: Daveed Diggs, “Hamilton”

Featured actress, musical: Renée Elise Goldsberry, “Hamilton”

Costume design, musical: Paul Tazewell, “Hamilton”

Lighting design, musical: Howell Binkley, “Hamilton”

Direction, musical: Thomas Kail, “Hamilton”

Choreography: Andy Blankenbuehler, “Hamilton”

Orchestrations: Alex Lacamoire, “Hamilton”
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Who else is excited for the Tony Awards on Sunday to watch as "Hamilton" wins All The Things?

James Corden did a segment of his Carpool Karaoke with LMM, Audra McDonald, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Jane Krakowski, and it is so much fun:

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The RANGE a cappella group of NYC is thirteen talented singers; you may have heard them stringing together bits of all the 2015 Oscar song nominees. There are several mashups in their repertory, but the YouTube player below manages to skim through all of

Hamilton in Seven Minutes

If you prefer more details about the songs and the performers, here’s the Soundcloud link


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Hey everyone!

I thought people on this group might be interested in a project I've been working on for the last 6 months or so with a group of artists in NYC. It's 10 classic Musical Theatre showtunes reimagined for contemporary radio. The project is called "Give My Regards to Broadway: Classic Showtunes Reimagined"

However track #2 on the project is "Getting Married Today" from Company as a Hip-Hop track, performed by Mr. Hercules Mulligan/James Madison himself, Okieriete Onaodowan! It also features Travis Kent (from Broadway's "Disaster") singing the hook. The track was arranged by Scott Wasserman who built the beats for Hamilton. For a while his Playbill designation was "Beatmaster" which I think is just about the coolest Broadway credit imaginable.

Anyways, I hope you all like the track, it can be found here: https://youtu.be/zLIcTvFEJdE?list=PLu_Sa1NZEPY4fbQu_Wf8SL_neakBLJP1r 

The rest of the tracks can be found at www.neddonovan.com/GMRTB 

Thanks for checking us out, and hope you like it!
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Is part of message from Treasury Sec'y Lew.
Other side of 10 will feature array of suffragists.

Harriet Tubman will replace motherfucking democrat republican Andrew Jackson.

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Hello! I was lucky enough to be able to see the show last week and posted a very long entry about it here at my journal. I tried to split it into non-spoilery overview and spoilery song-by-song review, in case you are wanting to avoid staging comments.

I also have a request? If you've seen the show and posted somewhere about it (whether here, tumblr, or wherever), can you link me? I'd love to read it! I'm eating up all the reports now that my self-imposed no spoiler reading is over.
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This article, published today in Slate, contains a number of links to other articles about Hamilton, in case no one's seen it yet.

Specifically, it seems to think Hamilton fans will somehoe be upset by criticism of the show. I am resisting the urge to send a copy of Textual Poachers with relevant bits highlighted to its author.


Apr. 17th, 2016 01:29 am
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Hello! I have 143 icons for your use :)

A few teasers:

And a breakdown by actor:
[40] Lin-Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hamilton
[20] Phillipa Soo as Elizabeth "Eliza" Schuyler Hamilton
[17] Daveed Diggs as the Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson
[14] Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler Church
[12] Leslie Odom Jr. as Aaron Burr, sir
[10] Anthony Ramos as John Laurens and Philip Hamilton
[8] Christopher Jackson as George Washington
[8] Okieriete Onaodowan as Hercules Mulligan and James Madison
[7] Jasmine Cephas Jones as Margarita "Peggy" Schuyler Van Renssaelaer
[7] group + chorus

Over here.
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I just ran across this interview that I hadn't seen before (from August, 2015):

Daveed Diggs is Making History!
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There's an interesting article in the Hollywood Reporter about who's getting what money from the show.  Lin-Manuel is doing very well! I hope this means he is freed from money worries to write something else in another 7 years :-)

Hamilton grosses about $1.5 million weekly in ticket sales while it costs about 40 percent of that to rent the Richard Rodgers Theatre, pay salaries and cover other expenses ... After royalties are paid, the remainder — around $600,000 a week — returns to the investors until their $12.5 million capitalization is fully recouped.


And as Hamilton expands beyond Broadway, more revenue streams will open.
which brings me neatly to:

The Hamilton Songbook is out - piano/vocal score for 17 of the songs.  Physically out in the US and Lin-Manuel is encouraging people to buy from The Drama Bookshop; here in the UK I could only find it on Kindle.  I have had a plan to get a piano for over a decade, stalled on the need to clear out a room currently used for storage. Will this be what finally gets me to get the job done?

Hamilton: The Revolution is released in 4 days time in the UK (woohoo).  I have it preordered from Amazon.

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N. K. Jemisin (author of the Inheritance Trilogy, the Dreamblood books, etc.) has seen Hamilton and has a fascinating post on its relationship to the mythology of the US viewed through the lens of fantasy writing:

Epiphany 2.0: HAMILTON


Mar. 14th, 2016 10:32 pm
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The cast of Hamilton are taking a field trip to the White House, and at the moment you can see the President's introduction (starting at 44:00) and the performances of Alexander Hamilton and My Shot (at ~55:00) in this official presidential video:

I don't know how long this will stay up, but I'm sharing it now as it is absolutely worth a listen - and a look! Can't miss the expressions on their faces, or the sparkle in Lin-Manuel Miranda's eye at being back in the room where it first happened, back in 2009.
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Rap Battle: Brecht, LMM, and PlaidAdder
ETA to correctly quote P.A.
quote begins

Ahem. The question up for debate tonight is: the possible continued political efficacy of a Brechtian technical style which has now been thoroughly assimilated into twenty-first century commercial theater. Mr. Brecht, you have the floor.

BRECHT [ ... ] You make didactic tactics so much more climactic,

You took Lehrstück and made it cool, fed it rocket fuel,

And now my ‘learning play’ tricked out in this odd way,

Does a hundred and fifty-seven down the middle of Broadway!

MIRANDA: So are you saying you like it?

BRECHT: Well you do not get the mike yet.

You venerate the letter but the spirit you drown–

MIRANDA: Is this by any chance about “It’s Quiet Uptown?”

BRECHT: ACH! The shameless empathy, the gush, the abandon!

The way that claptrap ruins everything that you have planned on!
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