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History Has Its Eye on Me: Hamilton, An American Musical

Like most of you, I imagine, I wish I could say I have seen Lin-Manuel Miranda’s blazingly brilliant Hamilton: An American Musical. Alas. So the following reflections come from what little I can glean that is available on YouTube and, more helpfully, on the website Genius, which contains lyrics and recordings of the whole soundtrack, as well as numerous annotations.[1] The smash success of the musical, which just won a Grammy, has frequently been billed as an out-of-nowhere transformation of Hamilton’s reputation from the wonky to the romantic. And indeed, the idea of a hip-hop musical about the life of Read more