Friday, August 5, 2016

Hamilton explores need for racial diversity - HAMILTON SPECTATOR

by Lathem Hunter 
Originally published: August 3, 2016

On "Hamilton" (…not this Hamilton).

"Hamilton" is having a moment, complete with millions of devoted followers and profits of nearly a billion dollars …. Sadly, it has nothing to do with Hamilton.

For more than a year now, the hottest theatre ticket in the world has been "Hamilton", the Broadway musical. Tickets can only be found on scalper sites like StubHub, costing between $400 and $2,500. At the 2016 Tony Awards, it was nominated a record 16 times, and it won 11. For comparison's sake: "Les Misérables" won eight. "The Phantom of the Opera" won seven and it grossed $5.6 billion worldwide.

Why should we care? Well first, there's a slight chance that you might someday introduce yourself as being from Hamilton and get the response, "Like the musical?" You don't want to be caught off-guard with something like this. If I met someone from Laymiz and they'd never heard of "Les Misérables", I'd be a bit suspicious about their general awareness of … well, things.