Hamilton’s America

Who watched PBS’s Great Performances documentary Hamilton’s America on Friday? If you missed it, you can still stream it from the PBS.org website for a few more weeks. Thank you, PBS!

There was some great footage from the show and interviews too. It was interesting to see how it all started with one song— and how the musical built momentum. It became something Lin-Manuel Miranda had to write.

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I couldn’t get enough of the show clips. They also showed us Lin-Manuel in the composing stage of My Shot. As he was envisioning the scene, we were shown the intense creative process that goes into his work. I loved seeing how he pieced together his ideas, leaving himself open to inspiration, and then how it all came together on stage.

One of my favorite moments was the conversation between Lin-Manuel Miranda, Stephen Sondheim, and John Weidman about research, artistic expression, and collaboration. We also got a peak of Lin-Manuel working “Cabinet Meetings” with his composing team.

Just awesome.

What’s next besides playing this documentary and the sound track repeatedly? I must get tickets to this show!

Have you marked your calendar?

Like most people, I still haven’t made it to New York to see the musical Hamilton. I’m just burning through the soundtrack until I can see it in person.

Lucky for us, PBS is airing their documentary, Hamilton’s America, on October 21st.

Just two weeks from today! I know I’m not the only one counting down the days!

I watched Lin-Manuel Miranda’s interview with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show, and he said they have footage from the early days of Hamilton, when he was writing frantically, and before they knew what the musical was going to be.

Why do you write like you’re running out of time? –Hamilton, An American Musical

I can’t wait to see how it all came together. In the meantime, check out highlights from his talk at the Broadway Teachers Workshop as written by Howard Sherman.

Lin-Manuel is a great example of a creative soul who has followed his inspiration wholeheartedly. It is interesting to read how he got started. He even talks about creativity and mixed tapes. YES!