4 Things to Know About ‘Hamilton’ Opening Soon in Omaha
Don’t miss your chance to see Hamilton in Omaha, the Tony-winning, the record-breaking musical that is sweeping the country.
Lin-Manuel Miranda, the Tony-winning composer, writer, performer, and actor best famous for his work on “In The Heights” and “Bring It On: The Musical,” developed the popular musical, which premiered off-Broadway in February 2015 and moved to Broadway in August of the same year.
Here are four interesting facts about the musical, which is now on tour across the United States.
Miranda got the idea for the musical after reading a book on Alexander Hamilton while on vacation.
He told “60 Minutes” that he was “just exploring the biographies section.” “I was struck by lightning. I came to the section when a hurricane destroyed Hamilton’s home island of St. Croix. And he writes a poem about the carnage, which helps him get off the island… I saw a parallel between Hamilton’s try to write his way out of his situation and the rappers I’d grown up glorifying.”
The first ‘performance’ of a song from ‘Hamilton’ was at the White House in 2009
Miranda was invited to a poetry event at the White House shortly after his success with “In the Heights” and months after reading the Ron Chernow biography while on vacation. Instead of performing a song from the Tony-winning musical, Miranda decided to take a chance and perform something new he’d been working on.
There’s no talking in the musical — it’s entirely sung/rapped
Throughout the whole play, there is almost no conversation. In the event that you’ve listened to the soundtrack, you’ve already heard the complete tale. Miranda’s great writing and ability to cram a lot of information into a song is a testimony to this.
The musical pays tribute to classic R&B artists
The music itself is influenced by everyone from Snoop Dogg to The Roots, but there are a few notable lyrical references: “I’m just 19, but my mind is ancient,” Hamilton raps on “My Shot,” a song from Mobb Deep’s Shook Ones Part II, and later spells out his name in the same rhythm that Notorious B.I.G. spells out “notorious” on “Going Back to Cali.”