Posted: 9:55 am Sunday, November 27th, 2016
By Ann Kelly
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton” continues to be one of the hottest tickets on Broadway, winning eleven Tony Awards including Best Musical this past season. It was a biography from Ron Chernov that was Miranda’s inspiration for the show, but now add “Alexander Hamilton” by Richard Sylla to the mix and we get an even fresher look at one our founding fathers who was so much more than just the loser in a duel. Miranda is actually a friend of Sylla who’s been fortunate enough to see the show three times. So of course that did come up in our conversation on a man whose life is not only a hot ticket on Broadway, it’s a hot topic that speaks to our political climate.
Hamilton scholar and chairman of the Museum of American Finance Richard Sylla’s biography of Hamilton is an interesting look at an immigrant from the West Indies who was there for the birth of our nation. I’m sure you all remember what we were taught in our history classes in school about Hamilton and his death in a duel with Vice President Aaron Burr. But do know why despite being at George Washington’s side during the Revolutionary War and helping to establish the Constitution, he does not fall in the beloved category? There is always more to learn about our founding fathers and I’m sure you’ll hear a few things you didn’t know in my discussion with Sylla.
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