Hamilton

Legacy and impact

In 2015, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced a redesign to the $10 bill, with plans to replace Hamilton with a then undecided woman from American history. Because of Hamilton's surging popularity, mainly due to the musical, United States Treasury Secretary Jack Lew reversed the plans to replace Hamilton's portrait, instead deciding to replace Andrew Jackson with Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill.[121]

On April 12, 2016, Miranda and Jeremy McCarter's book, Hamilton: The Revolution, was released, detailing Hamilton's journey from an idea to a successful Broadway musical. It includes an inside look at not only Alexander Hamilton's revolution, but the cultural revolution that permeates the show. It also has footnotes from Miranda and stories from behind the scenes of the show.[122]

In April 2016, a parody, Jeb! The Musical, appeared on the internet with Jeb Bush in the place of Alexander Hamilton,[123][124] with political figures like Donald Trump and Chris Christie holding supporting roles.[125] A staged reading, given "just as much preparation as Jeb's campaign," was staged at Northwestern University in June of that year.[126]

After premiering on the New York Film Festival on October 1, 2016, PBS' Great Performances exhibited on October 21, 2016 the documentary Hamilton's America. Directed by Alex Horwitz, it "delves even deeper into the creation of the show, revealing Miranda’s process of absorbing and then adapting Hamilton’s epic story into groundbreaking musical theater. Further fleshing out the story is newly shot footage of the New York production with its original cast, trips to historic locations such as Mt. Vernon and Valley Forge with Miranda and other cast members, and a surprising range of interviews with prominent personalities, experts, politicians, and musicians."[127]

After a performance on November 18, 2016, with Vice President-elect Mike Pence in the audience, Brandon Victor Dixon addressed Pence from the stage with a statement jointly written by the cast, show creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and producer Jeffrey Seller.[128] Dixon began by quieting the audience, and stated: "Vice President-elect Pence, we welcome you and we truly thank your for joining us here at Hamilton. We, sir,—we—are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents, or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights. We truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us."[128][129][130] Pence listened to the expression of concern about President-elect Donald Trump's upcoming administration, and later declared that he was not offended,[131] but Trump demanded an apology[132] for what he described on Twitter as the cast having "harassed" Pence.[133][134] This led to an online campaign called #BoycottHamilton, which became widely mocked.[135] Trump was criticized by The Washington Post, who noted the division between white and non-white America in the 2016 Presidential election and suggested Trump could have offered "assurances that he would be a president for all Americans – that he would respect everybody regardless of race or gender or creed;"[136] instead, as Presidential historian Robert Dallek expressed, Trump's Twitter response was a "striking act of divisiveness by an incoming president struggling to heal the nation after a bitter election",[136] with the Hamilton cast a proxy for those fearful of Trump's policies and rhetoric.


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