‘Hamilton’ Review: Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Musical at the Public Theater

February 18, 2015 3:17 AM

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‘Hamilton’ Review: Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Musical at the Public Theater

What musical idiom comes to mind when you think of Alexander Hamilton, a revered Founding Father of this nation, aide de camp to General George Washington during the Revolutionary War, first Secretary of the Treasury, founder of the Federalist Party, architect of our banking system, and designer of our Constitution? In Lin-Manuel Miranda’s brilliantly inventive bio-musical, “Hamilton,” the great man is winningly imagined as an orphaned immigrant, a political rebel, a reckless lover, and a non-stop talker — clearly, a born rapper.

There should be a huge audience for this irresistible show. Although the premise sounds outlandish, it takes about two seconds to surrender to the musical sweep of the sung-through score and to Miranda’s amazing vision of his towering historical subject as an ideological contemporary who reflects th...

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