To add onto this article, Disney has issued a warning label on the play.
The Disney Channel recently released the mega-hit play Hamilton to stream. I really wanted to see the play live last year when it came to Dallas. Ticket prices were at least $300, and that was for crappy seats. Friends told me the tickets were even more expensive in Chicago. I heard that the play commanded over a $1000 in New York City. My daughers and I jumped at the chance to see it for free.
The story is an entertaining biography of Alexander Hamilton. Hamilton’s genius can be read inside of the thousands of pages he wrote during the American Revolution and the early formation of the United States. He died at 47 or 49 by the hands of Aaron Burr, the 3rd Vice-President of the U.S. (under Jefferson) in a duel.
Born in the West Indies, Alexander was raised by a single-mom and absentee dad. His mom died when he was 13 years old, leaving him to fend for himself. He came to America as an immigrant and achieved the American Dream. He was involved in setting up Black troops during the American Revolution and was also an outspoken abolitionist.
Hamilton was by far perfect, which the play touches upon. He cheated with his wife and was blackmailed. Eventually, his affair became public and ruined all his presidential aspirations. Hamilton may have also had an affair with his sister-in-law. He ironically encouraged his son to participate in a duel, and paid the ultimate price when his son was fatally shot.
With his reputation destroyed and his teenage son dead, Alexander’s ambitions evaporated. Jefferson and he were always at odds, but Jefferson had his respect because of Jefferson’s convictions. Aaron Burr was a different story. The two of them met while young men during the American Revolution. Their relationship was always lukewarm, although Burr attended Hamilton’s wedding. Hamilton labeled Burr a man who stood for nothing, even going as far as to endorse Jefferson’s presidential campaign instead of Burr’s. This insult led to Burr challenging him to a duel, which he unfortunately accepted, changing history forever.
The play had almost no dialogue with the story told through song. The original soundtrack combined traditional show tunes with rap music. I am not a big fan of rap, but loved the way it was integrated into the songs. I may even purchase the soundtrack. The actors and actresses belted out pages of poetry while keeping a melodious tune. Everyone in the play danced the big Broadway numbers expected by musical fans.
The cast was as diverse as America with most races represented. American forefathers were played by Blacks and Latinos. The idea reminded me of one of favorite TV musical movies, Cinderella (with Brandi). My kids must have watched Cincerella 50 times. Hamilton was much better. Not only did it deliver on what an expensive musical should be, it also honored American history. I heard that one of the actors ragged on Trump and modern politics in an unscripted aside, but that was not part of the Disney released performance. It kept its distance from politics and focused on history. I highly recommend this for all who love musicals. I have seen dozens of them, and this play quickly became one of my favorites. When Covid 19 is over and the play comes back to Dallas, I will not hesitate to buy an expensive ticket.
As mentioned above, Hamilton was an American hero who would have eventually became president. He rightfully found a permanent place on the ten dollar bill. As mentioned above, the brilliant musical honored and taught the audience about one of our forefathers.
So what’s the problem? Apparently, our cancel culture has a major problem with it. In an article from DailyMail, the author blasts the play for inaccurately portraying Alexander Hamilton as a forefather who mattered. Some of the laundry list of sins that demonize the legend include his marriage because it really was a career move, his rich father-in-law who owned slaves, his ambition which was not about anti-slavery, but really about his need to social-climb, his butt-kissing towards Washington and Phillip Schuyler who were both slave owners, accusations made by Abigail Adams who supposedly told her husband that Alexander was really a Julius Caesar and a 2nd Bonaparte, and finally how he attacked poor Burr, the real hero????, through his writings. This is not just a critique, it’s a demand to cancel the play forever. And it’s not just the DailyMail. Many groups want Hamilton to die.
Lin-Manuel Miranda, the actor and singer who stars as Alexander Hamilton as well as being the creative mastermind behind the play, is now openly criticized as being pro-slavery. The take-away from all of this is: We MUST cancel a play about an American hero who despite being a famous abolitionist, had friends and family members who legally owned slaves.
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