Oregon Shakes’s history-play commissioning project may not have funded the founding fathers hip-hop musical everyone’s talking about, but their slate so far is pretty revolutionary anyway.
Like its subject, the new musical’s author has close aides and allies, including director Thomas Kail, music director Alex Lacamoire, and the Public’s Oskar Eustis.
The two composers met recently to talk music, theatre, and how they clear their conscience.
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s founding-fathers musical took 10 awards, including best musical, at the Off-Broadway awards on Sunday night.
Honors from journalists based outside New York City go mostly but not exclusively to shows on Broadway.
Recasting American history with non-white actors not only makes ‘Hamilton’ feel immediate, alive. It’s also a reminder that the story is still being written with each retelling.
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s subversive new hip-hop history musical richly deserves the acclaim. Here’s hoping it paves the way for more stories of, by and for the hip-hop generation.