25 Jun Hamilton: The musical, the movie – why not the sticker, too?
We like to think that if Alexander Hamilton were alive today, he would be sporting a face mask and might even have a sticker on his car saying “Stay Home. Stay Safe.” He was a risk taker, for sure, but he cared deeply about his family and their wellbeing.
Anyway, if you have a subscription to the Disney+ streaming service, you’ll be able to watch the movie version of Hamilton, the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical that has captivated Broadway audiences since opening in 2015, starting on July 3. (The monthly subscription fee of $6.99 is a real bargain compared to the $1,000 you would have probably paid to see the show on Broadway when it premiered.)
There is no question, Hamilton deserves all the buzz it has received over the past five years. The use of rap, the creative staging, and, of course, the casting – which features many performers of color, all combine to make the show electric.
But what about the story itself? If you could listen in to the comments as audience members stream out of the theater following a performance of the blockbuster hit, you would likely hear more than a few people wondering if the show is historically accurate.
Hamilton in the History Books
Was Angelica Schuyler really in love with her sister Eliza’s husband? Did Hamilton’s enemies conspire to bring him down? Was Thomas Jefferson really that much of a jerk? These are just some of the questions that eager theatergoers have been asking since Lin-Manuel Miranda, the show’s creator and original star, took his first curtain call.
Apparently, Miranda was as concerned with the historical accuracy of the show as he was with the revolutionary score (see what we did there?!). In fact, he worked with Ron Chernow, who wrote the book on Hamilton – literally. Chernow’s landmark biography of Alexander Hamilton was the inspiration for the hit musical.
Of course, Miranda took some creative license with the story, but according to Chernow, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, the stage show reflects the truth of the story.
So, enjoy the movie! And, when you’re done watching, if you decide you simply can’t live without a life-size decal of Alexander Hamilton, your friends here at Create Decal will be happy to help you out.