Hamilton in NYC Part I

Yesterday was Alexander Hamilton’s 264th (or maybe 262nd, no one really knows) birthday. So in his honor, I’m reblogging a Hamilton-centric visit to NYC a couple of years ago, when we saw several Hamilton sites and Hamilton the Musical.

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The zeitgeist of Broadway is Hamilton the Musical, in which the story of the first secretary of the US treasury, Alexander Hamilton, is told via rap, R&B, Brit pop and other decidedly non-fife-and-drum styles by a mostly African American and Latino cast. It may be a quaint period piece in a few years but for now, it’s revolutionary enough to get its creator/lyricist/composer, Lin Manuel Miranda, a MacArthur genius award.  The History Tourist set hasn’t been this worked up about a play since 1776 made its debut almost 50 years ago.

So the weekend before Christmas, I went with my friend Patricia to see Hamilton (tickets are sold out months in advance; we’d gotten ours in August).  We took the train and got into New York’s Penn Station before 9 am.  Checking into the hotel at that hour wasn’t an option but I’d done some research and knew that we…

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