HAMILTON, now on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre has book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, is directed by Thomas Kail, with choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and musical direction and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, and is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Alexander Hamilton.
HAMILTON is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. HAMILTON’S score blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and Broadway – the story of America then, as told by America now.
HAMILTON’s creative team previously collaborated on the 2008 Tony Award-winning Best Musical In the Heights, which is currently enjoying a very successful run at London’s Kings Cross Theatre.
HAMILTON is produced by Jeffrey Seller, Sander Jacobs, Jill Furman, The Public Theater and Cameron Mackintosh.
HAMILTON won 11 awards at the 2016 Tony Awards, held on Sunday 12 June 2016:
- Costume Design of a Musical - Paul Tazewell
- Lighting Design of a Musical - Howell Binkley
- Featured Actress in a Musical - Renée Elise Goldsberry
- Featured Actor in a Musical - Daveed Diggs
- Original Score - Lin-Manuel Miranda
- Direction of a Musical - Thomas Kail
- Orchestrations - Alex Lacamoire
- Book of a Musical - Lin-Manuel Miranda
- Choreography- Andy Blankenbuehler
- Leading Actor in a Musical - Leslie Odom, Jr.
- Best Musical
(Source: Show press release)
Hamilton is a musical about the life of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, with music, lyrics and book by Lin-Manuel Miranda. The show, inspired by the 2004 biography Alexander Hamilton by historian Ron Chernow, achieved both critical acclaim and box office success.
The musical made its Off-Broadway debut at The Public Theater in February 2015, where its engagement was sold out. The show transferred toBroadway in August 2015 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. On Broadway, it received enthusiastic critical acclaim and unprecedented advance box office sales, as well as a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The Off-Broadway production of Hamiltonwon the 2015 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical as well as seven other Drama Desk Awards out of 14 total nominations. The Broadway production was nominated for a record-setting 16 Tony Awards and won 11.