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 I didn’t  conceive that the staging is as wonderful and surprising and inventive as the music we know so well. I was riveted for three hours. 

it was lovely. I knew I’d  cry — I hadn’t expected I’d be laughing this hard.

The Chicago company is outstanding: I had some concern that it wouldn’t match the magic of the ORCA. Totally unfounded. 

The sightlines from the accessible seats are outstanding: exactly center stage. The theater is not drafty and not hot, at least on a warm 35F afternoon. 
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Proceeds go to

This bit from the info says it all, I think: "Vocals Performed by Marc Anthony, Ruben Blades, Camila Cabello, Pedro Capo, Dessa, Gloria Estefan, Fat Joe, Luis Fonsi, Juan Luis Guerra, Alex Lacamoire, John Leguizamo, Jennifer Lopez, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Rita Moreno, Ednita Nazario, Joell Ortiz, Anthony Ramos, Gina Rodriguez, Gilberto Santa Rosa, PJ Sin Suela, Tommy Torres, Ana Villafañe."

LMM talks about the song (and stands by his Tweets at Trump):

Puerto Rico

Oct. 2nd, 2017 08:19 am
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Trump's response to the hurricane disaster in Puerto Rico has been so awful that Lin-Manuel Miranda, who (as the internet pointed out) has never been heard to say anything mean about anyone ever, was provoked to use harsh language:

LMM is encouraging people to donate to .

There's also [community profile] fandomlovespuertorico, a fannish auction fundraiser donating to ConPRmetidos.
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From the Friends of Old Bulbs Gazette (the newsletter of Old House Gardens):
At a Sotheby’s auction earlier this year, hundreds of Alexander Hamilton’s papers were sold for just over $2.5 million. The 77 lots offered included “outstanding examples of his political writings, love letters to his future wife, and Hamilton’s appointment as aide-de-camp to General George Washington,” according to an excellent article in the Southern Garden History Society’s Magnolia.

The auction lot I wanted sold for $40,000, double its pre-sale estimate. In it were two pages of notes Hamilton wrote for the gardener at Hamilton Grange, his beloved estate in upper Manhattan, including a sketch he drew for an impressively large flower bed.

Although Hamilton directs his gardener to plant potatoes, get raspberry plants from a neighbor, and repair fences, many of his notes deal with ornamental plants, including American natives. “A few dogwood trees, not large, scattered along the margin of the grove would be very pleasant,” he writes, and “wild roses around the outside of the flower garden with [mountain] laurel at foot.”

Best of all is his plan for a large bed of flower bulbs. “I should be glad if space could be prepared in the center of the flower garden for planting a few tulips, lilies, hyacinths, and [blank],” he writes. “The space should be a circle of which the diameter is eighteen feet: and there should be nine (9) of each sort of flowers.”

Hamilton’s sketch shows twelve clusters of flowers arranged around the outside of the circle. At the 12:00 position are lilies (probably Madonna lilies which had long been the most popular), then tulips, a cluster that’s not labeled, hyacinths, another unlabeled cluster, lilies, tulips, lilies, hyacinths, unlabeled, hyacinths, and tulips.

The unlabeled bulbs are especially intriguing. (What historian doesn’t want to know more about the past?) My best guess is that Hamilton had a specific bulb in mind but didn’t know or couldn’t remember its name –- otherwise why not just fill those spots with more tulips, hyacinths, or lilies? And what did he intend for the center of this large bed, and for later in the season when the tulips, hyacinths, and early-summer-blooming Madonna lilies were done?

Although we may never know the answers to those burning questions, we do know this: Alexander Hamilton -– immigrant, self-made man, revolutionary leader, financial mastermind, and Founding Father –- was a gardener and bulb-lover just like us.
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It's a stretch, given that the folks who did the cooking were in NO position to write stuff down, but here's an NPR story about food with Hamiltonian themes:

Favorite factoid: there,s an ice cream recipe on Jefferson's own hand and the Hamiltons loved ice cream.

There's no explanation of how these folks had access to ice, though.
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You may know about this already! But I was looking at something else on YouTube and ended up following sidebar links to 10 Reasons 10 Duel Commandments is Amazing by writer/composer Howard Ho, which is part of a whole series he has done (is doing?) on How Hamilton Works. It's over 14 minutes long, but I found it fascinating, with lots of links to interview clips from Alex Lacamoire and LMM, and clips of the songs played over visuals of the way the notes are arranged.
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The latest mix tape video is a stunner

and it's captioned too.
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[ profile] plaidadder has revived the ancient art of filk. Now we can all sing along!

(Content note for contemporary US politics.)
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Pop culture mashup supreme

This is funny, and also proves that drama is dramatic in every case.
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If you haven't listened yet, I highly recommend it. Many of these stories I'd encountered in other interviews, but not all of them. And the clip of LMM in the recent encore production of Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along is delightful.

Listen here, or download wherever you get your podcasts.
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Thanks to the remarkable [personal profile] kate_nepveu and her 77 YT 2015 recs, I wept and wept at this lovely Hamilton fic:

the one you call sister (2117 words) by Jae
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hamilton - Miranda
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Angelica Schuyler, Elizabeth "Eliza" Schuyler

Two lives lived together, an ocean away.

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On YouTube:

(Sorry, couldn't find the right embed code, so clicky-click for 18mins & four songs)
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Mike Pence should really have known that going to see Hamilton would not end well for him:

The Guardian: Mike Pence booed at Hamilton performance and hears diversity plea

Includes video of him being addressed from the stage by Brandon Dixon (the current Burr) on behalf of the show.
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In case you missed the PBS broadcast of "Hamilton's America" last week, there's the online option to watch for another week or so, or you can download it from here (it's not the best resolution, sorry!) for future viewing pleasure.

What did you all think? I really enjoyed it, even if a good portion of it wasn't new to me.
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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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