Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s epic (and very expensive) musical has moved from the stage to screen thanks to Disney+. A musical as big as Hamilton deserves a big discussion, a cabinet battle, if you will. The Friends are joined by actor and composer Heath Saunders, and theater critic Kelundra Smith. They discuss how Hamilton hits differently in 2020 than it did in 2015 when it premiered, how it’s OK for art to be problematic, and whether Hamilton could win the Oscar. This episode was recorded on June 6.
Here are links to things the Friends talked about in this episode.
- This Vox article about why Hamilton is historical fanfiction
- John Leguizamo’s Latin History for Morons on Netflix
- Comedian Katherine Ryan’s bit about Hamilton‘s woman problem
- Heath’s really smart article about racism in Broadway musicals
- What Kelundra thought of Hamilton when she first saw it in 2018
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