Broadway's "Hamilton" Is Helping Students Get Excited About History
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton is one of the hottest Broadway tickets out there. The Obama’s loved the show and after winning a Grammy it’s been on everyone’s radar. Now, he’s won the Edward M. Kennedy prize for best Drama Inspired by American History, which honors a play or musical that explores a moment in history and deals with “great issues of our day.” Columbia University gives the prize, which honors the late U.S. senator from Massachusetts and the recipient of the award receives a $100,000 grant. Plus, the Broadway hit has inspired a New York teacher to create a class that will make history fun and get students hyped about learning about one of the great founding fathers.
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Alexander Hamilton was a founding father and the nation’s first treasury secretary. The thing that makes this show so unique is that that cast is both African-American and Latino with amazing music that ranges from musical theater to rap and pop.
The Puerto Rican Broadway genius was been given one of the highest honors for dramatic writing, having received a “genius grant” from the MacArthur Foundation, which officially makes him one of the greats. The Broadway production has been taking numerous awards, such as the Outer Critics Circle, the New York Drama Critics’ Circle and the Drama Desk and there are even rumors on how it might even take a Tony this summer.