Hamilton is now available on Disney Plus. This blog is encouraging people to watch Hamilton. Its a needed musical in a dark time in American history. In watching Hamilton this blog is encouraging you to familiarize yourself with American history.
If I say goodbye, the nation learns to move on
It outlives me when I’m gone
Like the scripture says:
“Everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig tree
And no one shall make them afraid.”
They’ll be safe in the nation we’ve made
I wanna sit under my own vine and fig tree
A moment alone in the shade
At home in this nation we’ve made
One last time
George Washington in One Last Time
How does a bastard, orphan, son of a whore and a
Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a forgotten
Spot in the Caribbean by providence, impoverished, in squalor
Grow up to be a hero and a scholar?
The ten-dollar Founding Father without a father
Got a lot farther by working a lot harder
By being a lot smarter
By being a self-starter
By fourteen, they placed him in charge of a trading charter
And every day while slaves were being slaughtered and carted
Away across the waves, he struggled and kept his guard up
Inside, he was longing for something to be a part of
The brother was ready to beg, steal, borrow, or barter
The opening to Alexander Hamilton
People line up to see Hamilton at the Richard Rogers Theater in New York City
This weekend starting on July 3, one of the most successful and important Broadway shows is at your fingertips. Originally planned to be released in 2021 it was released early by Disney this weekend. I have long wanted to see Hamilton. Actually I am the only one of my family who has not seen it live. My late Dad and my sisters both have seen it in Chicago and San Francisco. Tickets were too expensive when I was in New York City in February ( I saw Frozen, Moulin Rouge and Phantom of the Opera) and Hamilton was out of reach. It was coming to the Kennedy Center of Washington, D.C. and I was looking into getting a ticket’ but the the pandemic hit.
Alexander Hamilton’s grave in Manhattan
What I like about Hamilton is multiple. You have the rich history and as a history major it tracks with me. It tackles difficult subjects like the view of government and slavery which tells you that the United States struggled with racial issues back then. The fact that it is edited by Aaron Burr who mortally wounded Alexander Hamilton in a duel is fascinating. But for me Hamilton is what America is about – immigration, diversity, political compromise, and more. For $6.99 you can access Disney Plus and watch Hamilton. In a dark time in American history its time for people to embrace their roots. And that is what Hamilton does each and every night it played on Broadway.
What I actually did is I eagerly awaited the live streaming version. I was up and when it went live at 3:00 a.m. I watched it. On July 3, 2020 I was up almost all night watching Hamilton and being in awe of both the talent of the cast, the work of Lin Manuel Miranda and of the story that is told. If you want to see some resources for Hamilton, John Fea compiled them over at his blog. You can see that in, “Hamilton Mania returns to America. Here are some resources.”