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Hamilton: A Remix of History and Show Biz

January 18, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The debut of Hamilton: An American Musical in February 2015 created a mania for the show that has continued to sweep the country. It was the recipient of 11 Tony Awards, and won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, among other accolades.  The exceptionally popular production, with its clever lyrics, hip-hop rhythms, and compelling story, has revived interest in the real lives and true stories of the historical figures that the production highlights.

Historian Richard J. Bell examines this musical phenomenon to reveal what it tells us about the marriage of history and show business, and what this amazing show gets right – and wrong – about Alexander Hamilton and the American Revolution. Hear Bell’s analysis of the ways the musical dramatizes and simplifies the complex events and stories on which the show is based. What does the show’s cultural impact and runaway success tell us about our shared stories and our nation as Americans? The evening includes a special performance by Jade Jones, singing “Satisfied” and “Burn” from the musical.

Richard J. Bell is a professor at the University of Maryland, College Park, who researches and writes about the history and culture of the United States between 1750 and 1877.

History Happy Hours include happy hour drinks and snacks.  The series is sponsored by Therrien Waddell Construction Group.

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