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Erica, Mark, and Brian are joined by Broadway actor Sam to discuss this unique convergence of musical theater, rap, and historical drama. Does Hamilton deserve its accolades? We cover the re-emergence of stage music as pop music, live vs. filmed vs. film-adapted musicals, creators starring in their shows, race-inclusive casting, and the politics surrounding the show.
Some articles we looked at included:
- “Lin-Manuel Miranda Responds to the ‘Hamilton is Canceled’ Controversy” by Samantha Vincenty
- “Meet the People who Didn’t Like Hamilton” by Zachary Pincus-Roth
- “Why We Need ‘Hamilton’ Now More than Ever” by Alan Sepinwall
- “Watching Hamilton Will Give You What You So Desperately Need This Pandemic: Hope” by Jessica Gold
- “Hamilton Is Fanfic, and it’s Historical Critics are Totally Missing the Point” by Aja Romano
- “How the ‘Hamilton’ Effect Is Reverberating Across Broadway” by Gordon Cox
- “Should Hamilton Be Eligible For Oscars?” by Eric Eisenberg and Mike Reyes
- Sam found this Tumblr user’s argument for casting minorities helpful.
If you enjoyed this episode, check out our past episodes covering opera, live vs. recorded music, and TV shows as musicals.
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