Alexander Hamilton

The Musical

by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Alexander Hamilton

The Musical

Alexander Hamilton is a broadway musical about American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, based on his biography by historian Ron Chernow. The musical made its Broadway debut in August 2015.

The play consists of two acts telling the story of Hamilton from his birth at the Caribbean to the duel with Aaron Burr, finishing with "Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story" summarising the legacy Alexander Hamilton left after.

The first act portrays Hamilton's arriving to New York, where he meets Aaron Burr, Marquis de Lafayette, Hercules Mulligan and John Laurens, and the start of Revolutionary War. He also gets aquainted with his soon-to-be wife Eliza Schyler and her sister Angelica, becomes a right-hand man of George Washington, co-authors The Federalist Papers and gets selected as a Treasury Secretary.

The second act starts with Thomas Jefferson returning from France where he held the position of the ambassador("What Did I Miss"). He then participated in a Cabinet Meeting debating against Hamilton on his financial plan. Eliza and her family travel upstate leaving Alexander home to work. It is then when he starts his relationship with Maria Reynolds("Say No To This") and paid her husband to keep him quiet. For this affair he soon will be blackmailed by Burr, Madison and Jefferson who had evidence that he committed treason, but then publishes "The Reynolds Pamplet" afterwards revealing the truth.

Meanwhile John Adams becomes the second President and soon fires Hamilton who publishes his critique of Adams Administration("The Adams Administration").

During the presedential election of 1800 Burr and Jefferson get equal amount of votes and Hamilton as a delegate gives his endorsement to Jefferson which leads to the infamous duel of 1804 between Burr and Hamilton.

In 2016 the musical won 13 Tony Awards including "Best Musical" and "Best Original Score" and a Pultizer Prize in a category "Drama". In the same year the cast members performed selected songs from the musical at the White House.

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 Then a hurricane came, and devastation reigned Our man saw his future drip, dripping down the drain Put a pencil to his temple, connected it to his brain And he wrote his first refrain, a testament to his pain Well, the word got around, they said, “This kid is insane, man” Took up a collection just to send him to the mainland “Get your education, don’t forget from whence you came, and The world's gonna know your name. What’s your name, man?” Alexander Hamilton My name is Alexander Hamilton And there's a million things I haven't done But just you wait, just you wait...

Dear Theodosia, what to say to you? You have my eyes. You have your mother’s name When you came into the world, you cried and it broke my heart I’m dedicating every day to you Domestic life was never quite my style When you smile, you knock me out, I fall apart And I thought I was so smart You will come of age with our young nation We’ll bleed and fight for you, we’ll make it right for you If we lay a strong enough foundation We’ll pass it on to you, we’ll give the world to you And you’ll blow us all away… Someday, someday Yeah, you’ll blow us all away Someday, someday Oh Philip, when you smile I am undone My son Look at my son. Pride is not the word I’m looking for There is so much more inside me now Oh Philip, you outshine the morning sun My son When you smile, I fall apart And I thought I was so smart My father wasn’t around I’ll make the world safe and sound for you… …will come of age with our young nation We’ll bleed and fight for you, we’ll make it right for you If we lay a strong enough foundation We’ll pass it on to you, we’ll give the world to you And you’ll blow us all away... Someday, someday Yeah, you’ll blow us all away Someday, someday

I watched Hamilton examine the terrain I wish I could tell you what was happ’ning in his brain This man has poisoned my political pursuits! Hamilton drew first position Looking, to the world, like a man on a mission This is a soldier with a marksman’s ability The doctor turned around so he could have deniability He examined his gun with such rigor? I watched as he methodically fiddled with the trigger Confession time? Here’s what I got: My fellow soldiers’ll tell you I’m a terrible shot They won’t teach you this in your classes But look it up, Hamilton was wearing his glasses Why? If not to take deadly aim? It’s him or me, the world will never be the same I had only one thought before the slaughter: This man will not make an orphan of my daughter Look him in the eye, aim no higher Summon all the courage you require Then count: One two three four five six seven eight nine Number ten paces! Fire!—

I imagine death so much it feels more like a memory Is this where it gets me, on my feet, sev’ral feet ahead of me? I see it coming, do I run or fire my gun or let it be? There is no beat, no melody Burr, my first friend, my enemy Maybe the last face I ever see If I throw away my shot, is this how you’ll remember me? What if this bullet is my legacy? Legacy. What is a legacy? It’s planting seeds in a garden you never get to see I wrote some notes at the beginning of a song someone will sing for me America, you great unfinished symphony, you sent for me You let me make a difference A place where even orphan immigrants Can leave their fingerprints and rise up I’m running out of time. I’m running, and my time’s up Wise up. Eyes up I catch a glimpse of the other side Laurens leads a soldiers’ chorus on the other side My son is on the other side He’s with my mother on the other side Washington is watching from the other side Teach me how to say goodbye Rise up, rise up, rise up Eliza My love, take your time I’ll see you on the other side Raise a glass to freedom... I strike him right between his ribs I walk towards him, but I am ushered away They row him back across the Hudson I get a drink Were both at his side when he died Death doesn’t discriminate Between the sinners and the saints It takes and it takes and it takes History obliterates In every picture it paints It paints me and all my mistakes When Alexander aimed At the sky He may have been the first one to die But I’m the one who paid for it I survived, but I paid for it Now I’m the villain in your history I was too young and blind to see... I should’ve known I should’ve known The world was wide enough for both Hamilton and me The world was wide enough for both Hamilton and me