Hamilton’s America, the compelling documentary about the Broadway musical and the history behind it, is set to have an encore presentation on Friday, December 1. The presentation will be a part of the ongoing Great Performances series that has already included Holiday Inn, She Loves Me, Falsettos, Indecent, In the Heights: Chasing Broadway Dreams, and Present Laughter. Hamilton’s America will air 9:00 PM (ET). To view your local listing, click HERE.
“Produced by Academy Award and Emmy Award-winning producers RadicalMedia (What Happened, Miss Simone?, Keith Richards: Under The Influence, In the Heights: Chasing Broadway Dreams for PBS) and directed by Alex Horwitz, Hamilton’s America delves even deeper into the creation of the show, revealing Miranda’s process of absorbing and then adapting Hamilton’s epic story into groundbreaking musical theater. Further fleshing out the story is newly shot footage of the New York production with its original cast, trips to historic locations, such as Mt. Vernon and Valley Forge with Miranda and other cast members, and a surprising range of interviews with prominent personalities, experts, politicians, and musicians including President Barack Obama, President George W. Bush. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Secretary Hank Paulson, Secretary Timothy Geithner, Questlove, Black Thought, Jimmy Fallon, John Weidman, and Stephen Sondheim.”
Hamilton, the musical sensation that swept Off-Broadway by storm (at the Public), then moved to Broadway where it became one of the most-sought-after tickets in Broadway history, features a book, music, and lyrics by Tony-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda. It takes its inspiration from Ron Chernow’s biography of one of America’s most-revered forefathers, Alexander Hamilton. The original production was directed by Thomas Kail and is choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler, and featured Miranda, Leslie Odom, Jr., Phillipa Soo, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Daveed Diggs, Christopher Jackson, and Jonathan Groff amongst its cast.
Hamilton won Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Director, Best Choreographer, Best Orchestrations, Best Book of a Musical, Best Score, Best Costume Design, Best Lighting Design, Best Actor (Odom), Best Featured Actor (Diggs) and Best Featured Actress (Goldsberry).
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals and maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.