American History Gets Inspiring Hip Hop Makeover in Broadway Hit Hamilton

American History Gets Inspiring Hip Hop Makeover in Broadway Hit Hamilton
Leslie Odom Jr., from left, Phillipa Soo, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Christopher Jackson appear at the curtain call following the opening night performance of "Hamilton" at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in New York. (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

Hip hop and Revolutionary War-era American history may seem like odd bedfellows at first glance, but Lin-Manual Miranda’s Broadway smash hit Hamilton makes a compelling case that Founding Father Alexander Hamilton’s life is the quintessential hip hop rags-to-riches story.

Miranda spent six years crafting his historical hip hop musical masterpiece, and it shows – since its debut earlier this year Hamilton has become the hottest ticket on Broadway, wowing critics and even garnering attendance and praise from President Obama, who called the show “brilliant”.

The unique musical inspired Hollywood film and television director/producer J.J. Abrams, who attended a show and soon after pulled in Miranda to create music for the new Star Wars movie. Score!

The musical’s soundtrack, Hamilton: An American Musical has topped Billboard’s charts, signaling that these powerful songs and stories are moving people far beyond the stage.

So what’s all the buzz about?

Every verse of Hamilton is packed with thoughtful, historically accurate lyrical wordplay that’s as clever and funny as it is educational. The show is one of the most unique and unexpected productions to ever hit the Great White Way, and audiences have been lining up around the block for a chance to score tickets to sold-out shows.

Check out Mental Floss’s incredibly insightful post 20 Things You Might Not Have Known About ‘Hamilton’ to see why people have been going #Ham4Ham, and get your Hamilton tickets now.