To the untrained eyes and ears, a musical about the historical beginnings of our nation shouldn't be that hip. American history stopped being interesting after learning the same exact thing year after year (thanks, U.S. education system), and there's nothing exciting about men in wigs. However, Hamilton is everything but not exciting. With the news that a mixtape of the Hamilton soundtrack will be released by Atlantic Records featuring all your favorite artists, this musical has cemented it's space in history as the hippest musical of all time.
For those of you who are living under the type of rock that hip-hop musicals can't permeate, Hamilton tells the story of one of America's forgotten founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton, who started out his life as a bastard orphan in the Caribbean but changes the outcome of his life and becomes a Revolutionary war hero and George Washington's right-hand man. Though Hamilton is "telling the stories of old, dead white men," according to the creator Lin-Manuel Miranda in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, it makes the story more interesting by "using actors of color, and that makes the story more immediate and more accessible to a contemporary audience."
The following are the reasons why this musical is not only groundbreaking, but also incredibly hip.
1. The Artists on The Mixtape
They wouldn't have gotten artists like Sia, Usher, Chance the Rapper, Busta Rhymes, Ben Folds, Regina Spektor, and Queen Latifah to participate in a mixtape of the musical if this wasn't an incredibly cool endeavor.
2. The Score
The interesting varieties of music and dance used in this musical are just as varied and interesting as the music and dance in the diverse United States. Which is pretty cool for a musical about old white dudes, no?
3. Everybody Knows Race-Specific Roles Are So Passé
This musical represents the diversity of America as it is now, a place where people of all races, creeds, and colors are trying to live together in a state of equality. This representation of this in a situation where there was no equality (1700s America) is incredibly creative and therefore super hip.
4. The Creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda Is Possibly Cooler Than Any Human Ever
HOW DOES SOMEONE THIS COOL ACTUALLY EXIST? Dude's only 36, and he's already been a recipient of the MacArthur Foundation 'genius grant and written and starred in two insane musicals: In The Heights and Hamilton. And he's got rhythm. Is he single and possibly interested in younger women? I'm asking for a friend (me, I am that friend).
5. The Grammys Performance
Remember when the cast performed at the Grammys, and we all died? How normal is it that a musical cast performs at the Grammys, and we're more excited about it than the pop performers?
6. The Grammys Acceptance Speech
The whole cast rushed the stage, and then Lin-Manuel Miranda did the speech in spoken word? What even.
Musical theater never gets enough credit for being totally badass and inspiring. But, maybe, if musicals keep going this fascinating route, these talented actors will start getting more of the credit they deserve. But, even if they do, Hamilton will still probably continue to be the hippest musical of all time, unable to be dethroned.