Hamilton (musical)

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Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote the Hamilton script, music and lyrics and originated the title role on Broadway - "This is a story about America then, told by America now."

Hamilton: An American Musical is a sung- and rapped-through musical about the life of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.

Written by Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Leslie Odom Jr. as Aaron Burr - "Now I'm the villain in your history. . . I should've known the world was wide enough for both Hamilton and me."
Phillipa Soo originated the role of Eliza Hamilton on Broadway - "I establish the first private orphanage in New York City. . . . I help to raise hundreds of children."

Lyrics[edit]

  • There's a million things I haven't done, but just you wait!
  • I’m just like my country, I’m young, scrappy, and hungry, and I am not throwing away my shot!
    • Alexander Hamilton, My Shot
  • Oui, oui, mon ami! Je m'appelle Lafayette! The Lancelot of the Revolutionary Set! I came from afar just to say bonsoir to the King, casse toi. Who's the best? C'est moi!
  • I know my sister like I know my own mind, you will never find anyone as trusting or as kind. If I tell her that I love him she'd be silently resigned, he'd be mine. She would say "I'm fine." She'd be lying. But when I fantasize at night, it's Alexander's eyes, as I romanticize what might have been if I hadn't sized him up so quickly.
    • Angelica Schuyler, Satisfied (Act 1, eleventh song)
  • If we assume the debts, the union gets new line of credit, a financial diuretic. How do you not get it? If we're aggressive and competitive the union gets a boost. You'd rather give it a sedative? A civics lesson from a slaver. Hey neighbor, your debts are paid 'cause you don't pay for labor.
  • Two Virginians and an immigrant walk into a room. Diametric'ly opposed, foes. They emerge with a compromise, having opened doors that were previously closed, bros. The immigrant emerges with unprecedented financial power, a system he can shape however he wants. The Virginians emerge with the nation's capital. And here's the pièce de résistance: No one else was in the room where it happened, the room where it happened, the room where it happened. . . .
  • You told the whole world how you brought this girl into our bed. In clearing your name, you have ruined our lives. . . . I'm burning the memories, burning the letters that might have redeemed you. . . . You forfeit the place in our bed. You sleep in your office instead, with only the memories of when you were mine. I hope that you burn.
    • Eliza Hamilton, Burn (Act 2, fifteenth song)
  • America, you great unfinished symphony, you sent for me. You let me make a difference. A place where even orphan immigrants can leave their fingerprints and rise up.
  • The Lord, in His kindness, He gives me what you always wanted. He gives me more - time. . . . I speak out against slavery. You could have done so much more if you only had - time. . . . I establish the first private orphanage in New York City. . . . I help to raise hundreds of children. . . . In their eyes I see you, Alexander. I see you every - time.

Quotes about Hamilton[edit]

  • [I]n the Hamilton that Lin-Manuel and his incredible cast and crew bring to life . . . we recognize the improbable story of America, and the spirit that has sustained our nation for over 240 years. And in this telling, rap is the language of revolution. Hip-hop is the backbeat. In each brilliantly crafted song . . . we hear the debates that are still shaping our nation. . . . [W]ith a cast as diverse as America itself, including the outstandingly talented women, the show reminds us that this nation . . . is an inheritance that belongs to all of us.
  • [On May 12, 2009 Miranda performed Alexander Hamilton - now the first song in the Hamilton musical - at the White House.] That night, Lin reintroduced people to the poor kid from the Caribbean who made the country rich and strong, an immigrant who came here to build a life for himself and ended up helping to build the nation. He is the prototype for millions of men and women who followed him, and continue to arrive today.

Main actors and characters (Broadway and film)[edit]

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