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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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I had no idea! Here's a new interview with him in our regional newspaper. (Annoyingly, you will have to answer a question to read it.)

He's from Cairo, a once-thriving river port that has hit extremely hard times (even harder than the rest of the region, which is really saying something). In fandom it's probably best known as one of the settings in Neil Gaiman's American Gods.


Feb. 25th, 2016 05:05 pm
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A friend of mine actually was one of the people who made this.

Marshmallow Peeps re-enact 'Hamilton' for everyone who can't get tickets

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Ninety-nineA million things you haven't done, but a Grammy's not one (now)

http://www.vulture.com/2016/02/watching-hamilton-perform-and-win-a-grammy.html has the best videos I've found, both of the live broadcast from the Richard Rodgers, and of Lin-Manuel's rapped thank you speech.  Good: you can maximise the videos; Bad: they autoplay into something else.

The article also has lots of cool stuff about how they set up for the live broadcast, to really showcase the choreography.  And yes, it makes me want to see it live even more.

Also, Bill Gates was on Desert Island Discs a few weeks ago (this is a long-running BBC interview programme in which guests are invited to choose the 8 records they would take with them to a desert island) and his final pick was My Shot.  In case that link doesn't work outside the UK, here's what he said, as best I could transcribe:

"I love plays, especially musicals, and one of the absolute best that I've ever seen is this Hamilton which is now on Broadway, and this is one of many great songs from it, but it's about a young person saying 'hey I'm going to take a risk, I'm going to get out there and try and do something new and different' so this song in particular appealed to me, and it's called My Shot"

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[personal profile] rachelmanija has written some wonderful posts about her discovery of Hamilton. The third is a fascinating discussion of the use of repeating phrases in relation to some of Sondheim's work.

Hamilton: No, Seriously, It Really Is That Good

Hamilton -- that song

“My Shot,” “Wait For It,” “The Ladies Who Lunch,” and the use of repetition
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My brother pointed out the new podcast https://www.theincomparable.com/pod4ham/
I believe I have now set up a Dreamwidth feed for the podcast (DW says it may not populate until sometime tomorrow): https://pod4ham-feed.dreamwidth.org/
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Lin-Manuel Miranda being interviewed on "The New Yorker Radio Hour" - they helpfully let you stream just the segment with his interview.

James Corden and Rosie O'Donnell enthusing at each other about how much they love Hamilton and bursting into a joint performance of the first song:

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Festivids (an annual vidding exchange and celebration) went live today, and there are several vids made for our current obsession.

Hamilton (Broadway Musical)

Bang Bang by A. Non.
Music: Firework by DeStorm Powers
Summary: show the world your fireworks

Comedy Tragedy History by A. Non.
Music: Comedy Tragedy History by Akala
Summary: Spit so hard but I'm smart as the Bard.

Dance Apocalyptic by A. Non.
Music: Dance Apocalyptic by Janelle Monae
Summary: If the world says it's time to go, tell me, will you freak out?

Here I Stand by A. Non.
Music: Here I Stand by Sims
Summary: Alexander Hamilton: in the middle of the storm.

I Gotta Feeling by A. Non.
Music: I Gotta Feeling by The Black Eyed Peas

Independent Women by A. Non.
Music: Independent Women part 2 by Destiny's Child
Summary: The Schuyler sisters are independent women!

Jefferson Funk by A. Non.
Music: Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars
Summary: Daveed Diggs and his amazing face.

Lose Yourself by A. Non.
Music: Lose Yourself [Original Demo Version] by Eminem
Summary: Lose yourself in this music, this moment. We own it, we won't never let it go.

Ready or Not by A. Non.
Music: Ready or Not by Bridgit Mendler
Summary: No one is ready for Hamilton.

I can safely say that most of the vidders and recipients are also members of this community, but for those of you who don't otherwise track vidding fandom, I thought this list might help!

The link to the general festivids post is here. It looks like 105 other tiny (or new) fandoms also have vids!

The anonymity period lasts two weeks, so most vids are streaming-only until then. Once the vidders are revealed, downloadable copies with credits will likely be available.

Happy vid-watching! I've only seen two so far but they were great!
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It's so delightful to witness someone falling headfirst into Hamilton.

A rave review by [livejournal.com profile] siderea titled "The American Lear"
(she likes it)

From that post, another rave review in Smithsonian Magazine, November 2015

Finally, if you admire my lovely Schuyler-sisters icon, go directly to [personal profile] such_heights's fabulous Hamilton icons post:
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The Vulture week of Hamilton has finished with a bunch of tasty links. I think my favorite on the list was the #Ham4Ham compendium.

In sadder news (WHY ARE PEOPLE?!?), there is evidently a thriving industry in scamming people by selling fake 'Hamilton' tickets. (Note to self: make triple-dog sure your tickets are available and legit.)

On an upswing, have an excellent interview with Leslie Odom Jr., aka Aaron Burr.
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Another MetaFilter poster pointed out this excellent resource at:


It's an extensive reading list plus a podcast with discussion. The 45 titles range from the close-in -- good bios of other Founders -- to planetary orbit -- Sarah Vowell's Lafayette and These Somewhat United States -- to the way out there but sharing in the spirit: Kate Beaton, Founding Mothers from Cokie Roberts, and MT Anderson's chilling novels re Octavian Nothing.

I suspect I could spend the rest of my lifetime following all the threads out. Hamilton is an awesome tapestry!
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For those of you who have nearly memorized one or more of the songs, what's the one line you keep forgetting?


Alexander Hamilton: "Scammin' for every book he can get his hands on / plannin' for the future" (but I can always remember the next bit, "see him now as he stands on the bow of a ship")

My Shot: "tryin' to reach my goal" and "Foes oppose us, we take an honest stand"

Non-Stop: "Now for a strong central democracy"

Your Obedient Servant: "I don't wanna fight" and "You stand only for yourself"

(I will probably get to the "only a couple of lines missing" memorization point with One Last Time sometime but it's gonna cost me a lot of tears. Good laws under a free government! *cries*)

I'm curious about whether it's very individual or whether people's experiences overlap....
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