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How Hamilton Remixes History and Show Biz

Evening Program

Evening Lecture/Seminar

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. ET
Code: 1M2097
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Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.
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  • This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.
  • Platform: Zoom
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Lin-Manuel Miranda has rejuvenated interest in the real lives and true histories that his Tony-winning Hamilton: An America Musical puts center stage. And with the Disney+ subscription cable channel now streaming a filmed performance that features the original Broadway cast, that interest is sure to surge again.

In a lively program, historian Richard Bell examines this musical phenomenon to reveal what its success tells us about the marriage of history and show business. He investigates what this amazing production gets right—and wrong—about Alexander Hamilton, the American Revolution, and the birth of the United States, and why it all matters.

Examine some of the choices Hamilton’s creators made to simplify, dramatize, and humanize the complicated events and stories on which the show is based. Explore Hamilton’s cultural impact and what its runaway success reveals about the stories we tell each other about who we are and the about the nation we made. The program is highlighted by clips from the PBS documentary about the musical.

Bell is a professor of history at the University of Maryland, College Park.

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