Summarized in this way, Hamilton’s story may not be enthusiastic but, we assure you, it is one of those which, by meaning and influence, manages to explain how fundamental the value of democracy and freedom is. So if New York City elected him as an icon, keeping his coffin in the heart of Wall Street, in the wonderful cemetery of Trinity Church (and if you pass by, leave him a cent, he will bring you luck …), his figure could not fail be reviewed by another great New Yorker, Lin-Manuel Miranda who, in 2015, based on the biography of the historian Ron Chernow (read by chance …), brought Alexander Hamilton to Broadway in the form of a musical, making it become a pop symbol.
Indeed, the musical Hamilton, from the outset it was instantly a cultural landmark and Manhattan’s most popular ticket; he won the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for Dramaturgy, nine Tony Awards and a Grammy. But, net of the awards, Lin-Manuel Miranda brought the younger ones closer to an important page of United States history, thanks to a hip-hop work that proposes the Founding Fathers as characters cool, between freestyle and lightning tracks. And, just in 2016, Disney grabbed the recording rights of the live with the original Broadway cast (Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr., Phillipa Soo, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Christopher Jakson and Jonathan Groff), with the idea of launching it to the cinema in 2021. Then, the crisis has rewritten the rules of the game and here the Miranda musical, directed by Thomas Kail, has found space on Disney +.
The result? Unmissable, both from the mezzanine and from the armchair at home. And, if four years have passed since the premiere at the Richard Rodgers Theater in New York, the power of the message behind the musical has not been exhausted. It is even more striking today, in the shadow of the Black Lives Matter and (in) racial justice, while the statues of white slavers are overturned, as if there was an organic movement intent on making America (and really) great again . And theHamilton in film version it preserves in all respects the style of the theatrical production (complete with applause and laughter); expanding to a worldwide audience, enhancing close-ups and details impossible to see in the theater. With Disney releasing it in time for Independence Day on July 4th, the message is clear: America must be celebrated for what it aspires to be, and not for what it could have become. And that glorious flag on Alexander Hamilton’s grave is there to remind us.
Here a special look from Hamilton: