Pretty Much Pop #53: The Hamilton Phenomenon w/ Sam Simahk

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.

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Sam insists on wearing a cowboy hat in all of his theater roles.

If you enjoyed this episode, check out our past episodes covering operalive vs. recorded music, and TV shows as musicals.

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