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"Open all the cages in the zoo" kind of stupid

To celebrate her (and musical director/arranger Alex Lacamoire's) last week with Hamilton, Renée Elise Goldsberry performed a rousing version of the song "Congratulations," (performance starts around 2:40) which was cut from the final show. Other songs that didn't make the final cut, and remixes of the songs that did, will be featured on the star-studded Hamilton Mixtape, out this fall. [more inside]
posted by lunasol on Sep 3, 2016 - 12 comments

Daddy can you multiply triples?

A group of Science YouTubers got together to perform a tribute to a scientist Hamilton, in the style of his political musical namesake.
posted by divabat on Aug 1, 2016 - 14 comments

One Last Time

At his final Ham4Ham show (for now – we can always hope), Lin-Manuel reads a 1780 letter from Alexander to Eliza. Miranda leaves Hamilton this weekend. Here's what's next for him. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Jul 6, 2016 - 94 comments

Ham4Algorithm

We Wrote an Algorithm to Unravel the Rhymes of Hit Musical ‘Hamilton’ (WSJ) Let's start with the first verse of the musical's opening number. Our algorithm breaks words into their component sounds and then groups similar-sounding syllables into rhyme families, which are color-coded. [more inside]
posted by CrystalDave on Jun 20, 2016 - 29 comments

Lin-Manuel flips Love into Tony Award’s "Orlando sonnet"

Charlotte Runcie discovers literary depth -- for those of us who need scholar-interpreters -- "Miranda’s poem reaches a climax with the penultimate couplet (which would have been the final couplet in a more conventional 14-line sonnet): And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love; Cannot be killed or swept aside. These two lines show mastery of the form from Miranda. The other lines in the sonnet have five stressed syllables each and are written in iambic pentameter, the meter most famously used by Shakespeare. But in the line “And love is love…” there are three extra syllables... [more inside]
posted by beckybakeroo on Jun 14, 2016 - 46 comments

Fandom Explained

Why We're Terrified of Fanfiction. A response to the assertion that fandom is broken. All week, Vox has been exploring the world of fandom. [more inside]
posted by Caduceus on Jun 10, 2016 - 160 comments

That was the most Broadway response

Broadway Carpool Karaoke, featuring James Corden, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jane Krakowski and Audra McDonald (SLYT)
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Jun 7, 2016 - 51 comments

It’s so much safer in the world of Alexander Hamilton.

"This is all hilarious, of course — a 14-year-old girl utterly fanatical about the Founding Fathers — that is until you realize that it isn’t going away." Joe Posnanski of NBC Sports on taking his 14 year old daughter, Elizabeth, to see Hamilton.
posted by roomthreeseventeen on May 30, 2016 - 67 comments

#BamForHam

The New York Times reports on the one Hamilton performance people might not be aware of - on the softball field as part of the Broadway Show League. (SLNYT)
posted by NoxAeternum on May 27, 2016 - 8 comments

Do not throw away your Chance

It’s around 9 a.m. on a brisk New York Friday when Chance the Rapper and Lin-Manuel Miranda meet at a photo studio in Chelsea. Within the hour, they’re dressed in dingy overalls and covered in oil, faces smeared with dirt.
posted by rtha on May 24, 2016 - 4 comments

Duel Meaning

Want to See ‘Hamilton’ in a City Near You? Buy a Subscription and Wait Two Years.
posted by plexi on May 18, 2016 - 61 comments

Your children, and grandchildren, and therapists.

Lin-Manuel Miranda delivers the University of Pennsylvania commencement to the class of 2016.
posted by roomthreeseventeen on May 16, 2016 - 43 comments

A misunderstood art

In “ ‘Hamilton’ Aside, Where the Real Tony Competition Lies' ", one of your theater critics, Charles Isherwood, says of “Hamilton”: “I do find it slightly puzzling that it was nominated in the book of a musical category, since the show is almost sung-through.” [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on May 10, 2016 - 84 comments

Wait for it.

Leslie Odom Jr. Is Not Throwing Away His Shot (SL Longform Buzzfeed)
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Apr 29, 2016 - 67 comments

How Were They Gonna Say No to This?

Hamilton is awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, making it the ninth musical to receive this award. The Pulitzer Prize for Drama is given "For a distinguished play by an American author, preferably original in its source and dealing with American life." [more inside]
posted by still_wears_a_hat on Apr 19, 2016 - 50 comments

Insert Ham Joke Here

Need a little something to enliven up your seder? There's a great Black Lives Matter Supplement from JFREJ. A Refugee Supplement from HIAS. Or any number of social justice supplements. But my favorite might be A Hamilton Haggadah, written by a couple of rabbinical students at RRC.
posted by ericbop on Apr 15, 2016 - 10 comments

In the greatest city in the world....

"The statistics tell us that changing the way we think of race and ethnicity in the theater will not be easy. Of Equity’s 50,823 active members, 68% identify themselves as Caucasian." -- Actors' Equity President Kate Shindle, on the Hamilton casting debacle, and the real problem of diversity in theatre. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Apr 8, 2016 - 39 comments

Life doesn’t discriminate between the sinners and the saints

I work with a group of men who aren’t used to seeing themselves in the narrative, unless it’s as the villain, maybe not in your history book, but in a few newspaper articles a few years back and in the hearts of their victim’s families. These men understand that much of America thinks they are monsters, they deserve to be locked in cages. They are the bastard, orphan sons of … every kind of women you can imagine; they are also beloved sons and husbands in close families who come to see them in the visiting room at the prison every week. Maybe they’ve been “livin’ without a family since I was a child. My father left, my mother died, I grew up buckwild.” Many of them know all about impoverished, in squalor, and fathers who split.
Kate Powers, on watching (parts of) Hamilton with prisoners and the power of theatre.
posted by jeather on Apr 2, 2016 - 30 comments

From Afrofuturism to Virtual Reality

50 Signs of Hope for 2016
posted by BuddhaInABucket on Mar 28, 2016 - 6 comments

Yeah, that's a concern.

I saw Hamilton, so now I'm going to orphan my son (McSweeney's) [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Mar 24, 2016 - 47 comments

New York Times Tells Us the Future of Music

25 Songs That Tell Us Where Music Is Going, complete with Spotify Playlist.
posted by MoonOrb on Mar 12, 2016 - 51 comments

Pardon me. Du bist Bertolt Brecht, recht?

"I was going to write up a little essay about the way Hamilton incorporates Brechtian performance techniques and whether Brecht still packs any punch in the twenty-first century. But then for some reason it became a rap battle instead."
posted by galaxy rise on Mar 10, 2016 - 18 comments

#Bam4Ham

On Monday, the cast of Broadway's Hamilton will be going to the White House today to test a pilot version of its educational program as well as perform a concert of “Hamiltunes” for the kids and the First Family. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Mar 10, 2016 - 163 comments

Yo my heart's like my planet/ A black hole of red granite

Star Trek + Hamilton = MY SPOCK -- a parody of "My Shot" retelling the story of a bastard, orphan, son of a Vulcan and a human, dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot in the Alpha Quadrant. (apologies to Lin-Manuel Miranda) (SLYT, via Birth. Movies. Death.)
posted by Strange Interlude on Feb 29, 2016 - 16 comments

Concrete Economics: The Hamilton Approach to Economic Growth and Policy

Why Hamilton—Not Jefferson—Is the Father of the American Economy - "How we can better energize America's economy, create more jobs, and provide more fulfilling lives for our citizens?" By Stephen Cohen and Brad DeLong (previously; [unfinished] book preview) [more inside]
posted by kliuless on Feb 16, 2016 - 23 comments

HERCULES MULLIGAN! A TAILOR SPYING ON THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT

Finally, the article on your favorite spy who sews that you always wanted. Also, he saved George Washington twice and Washington stopped in the middle of a parade to have breakfast with him. [more inside]
posted by jenfullmoon on Feb 12, 2016 - 41 comments

Who Tells Your Story? Historical Fiction as Resistance

What my favourite historical fiction has done for me, besides make me happy in the way that good books do, is teach me more about justice, and silence, and perspective. These are the questions I want to spend my time examining and writing about. The limits placed on many women’s lives are the very reason they are conveniently written out of the dominant historical narrative, in a circular argument as old as misogyny itself: “Women do not appear in the record because they didn’t do anything of note, and they didn’t do anything of note because they don’t appear in the record.”
posted by sciatrix on Feb 8, 2016 - 11 comments

Who lives / Who dies / Who remixes your story?

Why Hamilton is the Perfect Mashup for Every Fandom Writing like you’re running out of time, making an impact on history, sabotaging yourself, stepping in and out of the narrative—could there be a more accurate depiction of what it is to be a fan?
posted by CrystalDave on Jan 27, 2016 - 74 comments

Michael Jackson.

We asked @jimmyfallon to join us for tonight's #Ham4Ham show to do impressions while singing "You'll Be Back."
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Jan 20, 2016 - 45 comments

The menu, the venue, the seating

In the Room Where It Happens, Eight Shows a Week and 8 Places to Celebrate Alexander Hamilton's birthday in New York and Beyond
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Jan 11, 2016 - 104 comments

A Ham4Ham for the ages

Before going into a two month digital hibernation, the Hamilton lottery pulled out all the stops for possibly the greatest Ham4Ham yet: The women of Hamilton singing "My Shot". (Alternate angle.) [more inside]
posted by kmz on Jan 4, 2016 - 54 comments

Ask Abigail, She knows

Hamilton is all the rage right now, putting Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington on the stage and smack-dab in the middle of the pop cultural zeitgeist ... but what about Button Gwinnett? The little-known signer of the Declaration of Independence has never gotten the glory the other founding fathers got. Until now. Stephen Colbert and Lin-Manuel Miranda bring you "Button!" a hip-hop musical in one song.
posted by lunasol on Dec 15, 2015 - 39 comments

"Authorial intent wins. Period."

In the wake of the recent casting controversies over Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop and Lloyd Suh’s Jesus in India, there have been a number of online commenters who have cited Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical Hamilton as a justification for their position in the debate. What’s intriguing is that Hamilton has been offered up both as evidence of why actors of color must have the opportunity to play both characters or color and characters not necessarily written as characters of color – but it has also been used to say that anything goes, and white actors should be able to play characters of color as well. What does Lin-Manuel Miranda have to say? After all, it's not like he hasn't been been very deliberate about his casting.
posted by sciatrix on Dec 14, 2015 - 66 comments

SLYT: The word 'Gaman' means, "endure with dignity."

Lin-Manuel Miranda freestyling with George Takei and the cast of Allegiance. George Takei and Lin-Manuel Miranda at the Ham4Ham ticket lottery having a six minute roundtable on civics, democracy, reclamation of history, allegiance, and endurance. [more inside]
posted by moonlight on vermont on Nov 30, 2015 - 16 comments

I'll show you where my shoe fits.

Cabinet Battle #1, explained
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Nov 28, 2015 - 65 comments

The evolution of JSTOR and chill

JSTOR is a digital library of academic journals, books, and primary sources. It also has a tumblr.
posted by kenko on Nov 21, 2015 - 21 comments

Burr, your grievance is legitimate.

We’ll never have Paris here in New York. But we could have . . . if not for Aaron Burr.
Alexander Hamilton, the short-tempered protean creator of the Coast Guard, founder of the New York Post, would be proud that 250 years later it is still publishing articles destroying the reputation of Aaron Burr, sir. [more inside]
posted by jeather on Nov 19, 2015 - 123 comments

Broadway Takes the Lead

At the A.V. Club, Caroline Siede examines how Hamilton and Allegiance might represent a new approach to historical drama.
posted by Ipsifendus on Nov 5, 2015 - 59 comments

Say no to this.

Comedienne Kathleen Cameron does Hamilton: An American Musical, via Instagram (SL Instagram)
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Oct 12, 2015 - 73 comments

First Listen: Cast Recording , 'Hamilton'

"This is musical theater made by someone who knows rap to be all our cultural lingua franca, whose sense of humor is legible to people like us. It is songwriting done within rap's regulations and limitations. It's a work of historical fiction that honors the sentiments of rap, a play off collective memory that feels overwhelming personal." NPR is now streaming the Cast Recording of the hit broadway play Hamilton (previously).
posted by DynamiteToast on Sep 21, 2015 - 182 comments

#Ham4Ham

Almost twenty years ago, RENT changed the way Broadway shows offered cheap "rush" tickets by introducing the first lottery for $20 front row seats. This year, Lin-Manuel Miranda, the composer/lyricist/book writer of Hamilton, introduced #Ham4Ham, a lottery show where Broadway actors from all parts of the community perform in front of the Richard Rodgers theatre while waiting to hear their names called for $10 rush seats.
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Sep 4, 2015 - 17 comments

The ten-dollar founding father.

After reading a "nicer" ending for the musical Hamilton proposed by a young fan, Lin-Manuel Miranda (as Alexander Hamilton) and Leslie Odom Jr (as Aaron Burr) decided to give it a shot. Written by and starring Tony-award winner Miranda and based on the Ron Chernow biography, Hamilton is a hip-hop musical about the life and times of the first Secretary of the Treasury. Hamilton starts previews soon on Broadway after an acclaimed and sold-out run at the Public. [more inside]
posted by kmz on Jul 7, 2015 - 13 comments

Does there happen to be a historically interesting Erin Burr for this?

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has announced that a woman will be joining Alexander Hamilton on the US $10 bill in 2020. [more inside]
posted by Blue Jello Elf on Jun 17, 2015 - 112 comments

'Islamophobia' experiment goes wrong

Actor spouts extreme views about Muslims to gauge reaction of public. In an attempt to test whether Canadians feel safe in the presence of Muslims following the fatal shooting of Corporal Nathan Cirillo by an Islamic extremist last week, director Omar Al-Bach conducted the experiment in Cirillo's home town of Hamilton to see how many people would defend a supposed Muslim from verbal abuse. (link to The Independent)
posted by glasseyes on Nov 1, 2014 - 62 comments

The needle and the homage done

Artist Jo Hamilton makes weird and fun portraits with yarn.
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Jan 2, 2014 - 12 comments

R.I.P. Lincoln Alexander

Lincoln Alexander has died at 90 years old. Among his many accomplishments, he was the first Black MP elected in Canada (1968 -- re-elected 4 times, in his last term appointed Cabinet Minister), served as Ontario's Lieutenant-Governor, was chair of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation, and that is just scratching the surface of his many contributions. A beloved citizen in Hamilton, the city named a Highway after him "The Linc" ... a running joke with him since he did not drive. [more inside]
posted by chapps on Oct 23, 2012 - 10 comments

An interview with MaryBeth Hamilton, author of In Search of the Blues

...The cult of and luster for country blues among these record collectors came about because not only were recordings by Charley Patton, Son House, Skip James and Robert Johnson not successfully sold to African Americans, but other record collectors were not interested in them either. There were so many collectors of New Orleans jazz that not only did the recordings became too expensive to collect, they also didn't want them -- they wanted to find something that required more energy to uncover, and more energy to actually appreciate. Anyone who has ever listened to Charley Patton knows that you have to learn how to listen to him, you have to really struggle -- it is a work of archeology, really, to make out what he is saying. It is powerful, and I don't want to deny its power, but you have to learn how to hear that power, and African Americans, when these records came out, didn't necessarily hear that.
From an interview with Marybeth Hamilton, author of In Search of the Blues [more inside]
posted by y2karl on May 26, 2012 - 13 comments

Alexander Hamilton, we were waiting in the weeds for you

After the success of 2008's In the Heights, a Broadway rap musical about Washington Heights, Lin-Manuel Miranda went to work on his sophomore project: a rap concept album on the life of Alexander Hamilton. [more inside]
posted by Snarl Furillo on Jan 8, 2012 - 18 comments

Slow Down 50%

In a time when people can carry computers in their pockets and watch TV while walking down the street, Typeface dares to explore the twilight of an analog craft that is freshly inspiring artists in a digital age. The Hamilton Wood Type Museum in Two Rivers, WI personifies cultural preservation, rural re-birth and the lineage of American graphic design. At Hamilton, international artisans meet retired craftsmen and together navigate the convergence of modern design and traditional technique. [more inside]
posted by netbros on Jun 6, 2010 - 7 comments

The Hamilton Mixtape

Tony Award nominated actor Lin-Manuel Miranda presents a rap about Alexander Hamilton from the perspective of Aaron Burr titled "The Hamilton Mixtape." [more inside]
posted by America on Nov 18, 2009 - 31 comments

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