How Hamilton Revolutionized the Broadway Musical

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice Scholarly Review John McWhorter does a good job of explaining the importance of the musical Hamilton's use of rap music successfully. It was a huge risk on the part of the creator and it's success far exceeded expectations, including his own. I loved the show and plan to re-watch it. I purchased the book and want the soundtrack. Professor McWhorter is right, Hamilton is a must see for all. I also love that it presents history in such a unique and interesting way.
Date published: 2020-09-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from HAMILTON Very academic, not interestingly presented. Missed the excitement and historical relevance of the musical.
Date published: 2020-09-12
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Broadway Musicals: Why Hamilton has Captivated the Public's Eye
1: Broadway Musicals: Why Hamilton has Captivated the Public's Eye

Hamilton revolutionized the Broadway musical like no other show in the history of musicals. The way it was cast, the music choices, the focus on a character who is historically considered a sidekick among the more famous Founding Fathers …these elements were groundbreaking for the genre. Dive into the radical approach Hamilton creators took in developing this modern musical and understand why the timing and circumstances were ideal, making Hamilton a game-changing experiment that paid off in a way that will go down in history.

12 min
John McWhorter

Far from being a language in decline, we have reason to believe that English, with all its beauty and quirks and illogicities, will be carried far into the future.

ALMA MATER

Stanford University

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Columbia University

About John McWhorter

Dr. John McWhorter is Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. He previously was Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley. He earned his B.A. from Rutgers University, his M.A. from New York University, and his Ph.D. in Linguistics from Stanford University. Professor McWhorter specializes in language change and language contact. He is the author of The Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language; The Word on the Street, a book on dialects and Black English; and Doing Our Own Thing: The Degradation of Language and Music in America and Why We Should, Like, Care. A Contributing Editor at The New Republic, he has also been published in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Time, and The New Yorker. Frequently sought after by the media, Professor McWhorter has appeared on Dateline NBC, Politically Incorrect, Talk of the Nation, Today, Good Morning America, The Jim Lehrer NewsHour, Up with Chris Hayes, and Fresh Air.

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