Erica, Mark, and Brian are joined by Broadway actor Sam to discuss this unique convergence of musical theater, rap, and historical drama. Does Hamilton deserve its accolades? We cover the re-emergence of stage music as pop music, live vs. filmed vs. film-adapted musicals, creators starring in their shows, race-inclusive casting, and the politics surrounding the show.
Some articles we looked at included:
- “Lin-Manuel Miranda Responds to the ‘Hamilton is Canceled’ Controversy” by Samantha Vincenty
- “Meet the People who Didn’t Like Hamilton” by Zachary Pincus-Roth
- “Why We Need ‘Hamilton’ Now More than Ever” by Alan Sepinwall
- “Watching Hamilton Will Give You What You So Desperately Need This Pandemic: Hope” by Jessica Gold
- “Hamilton Is Fanfic, and it’s Historical Critics are Totally Missing the Point” by Aja Romano
- “How the ‘Hamilton’ Effect Is Reverberating Across Broadway” by Gordon Cox
- “Should Hamilton Be Eligible For Oscars?” by Eric Eisenberg and Mike Reyes
- Sam found this Tumblr user’s argument for casting minorities helpful.
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