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'Hamilton': Lin-Manuel Miranda And Cast On Why The Musical Is Just As Relevant As Ever

Hamilton: Lin-Manuel Miranda And Cast On Why The Musical Is Just As Relevant As Ever
July 3, 2020 - 05:04 / Hayley Paskevich

In a new interview, Lin-Manuel Miranda and a few other members of the original Broadway cast of Hamilton shared why the musical still resonates today! Here's what they said!

Lin-Manuel Miranda feels that Hamilton will always be relevant because of how it addresses sociopolitical issues! 

The hip-hop musical became an instant hit following its Broadway debut in 2015, featuring a racially diverse cast of actors playing some of the United States' most notable historical figures. And as Miranda shared with Entertainment Tonight, he thinks the show's message is why it continues to be a part of popular conversation!

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Lin-Manuel Miranda attends the Hamilton Broadway Opening Night on August 6, 2015.

Miranda says Hamilton "hits differently" depending on circumstance

Miranda said that when he first wrote Hamilton, he made an effort to address key issues that are ingrained within the United States to this day. "My only real insight in writing the show was all of the problems and paradoxes and fights present at the founding that are still here," he exclusively told Entertainment Tonight. 

"I was pulling from contemporary language over the same fights, and that includes the original sin of slavery, that includes systemic racism, that includes gun control," 
Miranda went on to say about writing his history-based musical. "The thing about Hamilton is because it brushes up against the founding of this country, it hits differently depending on where we are as a country.

"There are lines about slavery, there are lines about how little the founders did that hit different now than they did in 2016, than they did under Obama versus under Trump. Because it deals with issues at the root, like, it’s always gonna be relevant in some form."

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Hamilton cast member Okieriete Onaodowan— who originated the roles of both "Hercules Mulligan" and "James Madison"— said that the message of activism the show encourages is especially relevant right now.

"What drove Hamilton was his need to speak out against injustice and the whole show he’s basically saying, 'This is what I believe America is to be,'" Onaodowan told Entertainment Tonight. 

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"Right now, in the streets, with the protests after we’ve all watched George Floyd murdered for eight minutes and 46 seconds, I think it’s very important for all fans to walk away with the need to speak out when they see something that is wrong like Hamilton stood on that box and said, 'This is what I decree, this is how I see my America. This is what I think my America should be,'" he continued.

"I think it’s important when people do come home from being outside, from protesting to put on their favorite musical and have it still push that same thing out. You know, it can entertain them but not numb them. It still keeps them activated and still keeps the mind moving in that direction."

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Hamilton Disney+ release "an event," says Renee Elise Goldsberry

Hamilton is set to make its streaming debut on Disney+ on July 3, and Renee Elise Goldsberry, who played "Angelica Schuyler" in the musical, says that its release feels especially timely.

"We thought we knew and we keep learning," Goldsberry told Entertainment Tonight of the country's current sociopolitical climate. "It’s going to be an event in our homes to, you know, heal us through this quarantine. Now, we’re seeing that it is a light forward in a time of great pain and a need for revolution."

"Art is always a reflection of our life that will always lead us forward when it’s done in the spirit that God gives us," she continued. "And so I’m encouraged and I’m hopeful."