Since Lin-Manuel Miranda’s vision made its Off-Broadway debut at New York’s Public Theater in 2015, Hamilton has been nothing short of revolutionary, setting box-office records and redefining the very concept of what it takes to produce a hit Broadway musical. Miranda penned the hip-hop infused story of Alexander Hamilton after reading historian Ron Chernow’s prize-winning biography of the somehow overlooked statesman/lawyer/economist, whose contributions to American society are far reaching. Hamilton was honored with a whopping 11 Tony Awards in 2016, including Best Musical, and that same year took the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The production has since been staged in London, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and elsewhere. Several of the original cast members have gone on to high-profile success on both the stage and screen, including Tony Award-winning Aaron Burr portrayer Leslie Odom Jr., Anthony Ramos (John Laurens/Philip Hamilton), Phillipa Soo (Eliza Hamilton), Daveed Diggs (Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson) and Manuel (Alexander Hamilton) himself.
Hamilton: ‘I Am Not Throwing Away My Shot’
Mirroring the success of the stage production, the original Broadway cast recording stands as the best-selling cast album of all time. It’s also the first cast album ever to climb to No. 1 on Billboard’s Rap Albums chart. Featuring such beloved tunes as “My Shot,” “Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, Sir,” “You’ll Be Back,” “the Schuyler Sisters” and “Wait for It,” the soundtrack has been certified six times Multiplatinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The album would inspire 2016’s The Hamilton Mixtape, which includes interpretations by everyone from Chance the Rapper to Francis and the Lights.