Profs and Pints presents: Hamiltons History Remix, a critical look at the musical and the people and events it depicts, with Richard Bell, associate professor of history at the University of Maryland.
Lin-Manuel Mirandas Tony-winning musical has sold out theatres throughout the nation, and many of us have the triple-platinum cast album playing on repeat. Its crafty lyrics, hip-hop tunes, and big, bold story have even rejuvenated interest in the real lives and true histories that Hamilton: the Musical puts center stage.
Join Richard Bell, a favorite of Profs and Pints audiences in Washington DC, for a fascinating critical examination of the history underlying the musical. In a talk aimed at people whove seen the show or know the soundtrack, he'll explore the Hamilton phenomenon to reveal what its success tells us about the marriage of history and show business.
Well learn what this amazing musical got right and got wrong about Alexander Hamilton, the American Revolution, and the birth of the United States, and why that matters. Well examine some of the choices Hamiltons creators made to simplify, dramatize, and humanize the complicated events and stories on which the show is based.
We will also talk about Hamiltons cultural impact: what does its runaway success reveal about the stories we tell each other about who we are and about the nation we made? The talk will be staged at the Cambria Hotel Philadelphia Downtown Center City. Cambria Hotels is an upscale brand franchised by Choice Hotels International, Inc.
Tickets are only available online and should be purchased in advance. Listed time is for doors. Talk begins 30 minutes later. Please allow yourself plenty of time to place any orders and be seated and settled in.