Colorblind: Hamilton forms new way of musical casting


Stephanie Kidd

The strange story of Alexander Hamilton is a cleverly drawn up style of theatre presentation. Told through songs and rap, fans are craving this unique production. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical is bound to make history viewed in a more interesting light.

One of the newest Broadway additions, “Hamilton” is the number one show to see. Making its debut on Feb. 17, 2015 at the Newman Theatre, this history-packed-rap musical is breaking boundaries.

Inspired by the biography “Alexander Hamilton” by Ron Chernow, this original off-Broadway show smuggled its way into Broadway playhouses with sold out shows and praise.

Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical’s description from said, “Orphan to Washington’s right hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country’s first sex scandal to Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy.

“Hamilton” is an exploration of a political mastermind. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Eliza Hamilton, and lifelong Hamilton friend and foe, Aaron Burr, all attend this revolutionary tale of America’s fiery past told through the sounds of the ever-changing nation we’ve become.”

The cast of Hamilton is very diverse. Historically correct appearances are cast aside for the motto, “Who is best for the role.” This ultimately means casting is chosen by talent and not appearance.

Yvette Nicole Brown, known for tweeting about the musical, said,“The idea that there are all these brilliant kids coming out of drama schools, and there may not be a place for them here outside of the chorus, breaks my heart. That’s why we need more shows like ‘Hamilton.’”

One of the most classic colorblind casts was Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella.” Who could forget the Asian Prince Charming born to Whoopi Goldberg’s character and her Caucasian in-movie husband?
“Hamilton” is not the first Broadway show to host a multi-ethnic cast. “Les Misérables” has opened up a wide diversity range, such as Filipino, Lea Salonga playing Fantine in an 18th century story.

Now playing at Richard Rogers Theatre, any hope for getting seats to this out-of-the-box show is unlikely. Tickets for the show have been sold out for months.
Though there is a slight chance to win two $10 tickets 2.5 hours before each performance. More information on the Lottery Policy can be found on “Hamilton’s” official web page.

Ben Brantley from The New York Times said, “Historic. ‘Hamilton’ is brewing up a revolution. This is a show that aims impossibly high and hits its target. It’s probably not possible to top the adrenaline rush.”