By Joanne Centeno '21
“What’s your name man?” Lin-Manuel Miranda took a simple four-word question - one that would otherwise mean nothing more than what it asks - and built a tremendous Broadway show that still sells out performance after performance. That show is called Hamilton.
When I saw Hamilton for the first time, it was sheer magic. As a then-student in Mark Twain Middle School, our vocal program was introduced to the score. Hamilton was at the time just starting to make headlines with record-breaking ticket sales. I immediately knew the music would change the way I heard, sang, and gravitated to musical theater. What is it about Hamilton that can change you musically? Well, for starters, something as simple as the name, Hamilton.
I remember thinking it would be nothing more than boring historical facts set to music. Wow, was I wrong! The genius Miranda not only set these boring historical facts to tremendous accompanying music, but he made historical facts entertaining, enjoyable, and melodically interesting!
I noticed that this year in Global, while I was learning about The French Revolution, I already was familiar with some of the material. Even though Hamilton is about the American Revolution, the second act touches on the French Revolution in one of my favorite songs “Cabinet Battle 2.” At the end of class one day, I asked Mr. Fiasconaro if we could listen to the song in class. He didn’t love the idea, but he did appreciate that I was able to relate what we learned in class to Hamilton.
I saw Hamilton for the second time a few months ago, and while the cast was different, the show still delivered nothing less than sheer amazement in my musical heart. I also have to admit, history isn't as boring as I originally thought. I also know the name Hamilton is more than just an answer to a question of “what’s your name man?” It’s an empire of groundbreaking Broadway performances. If you know the show, then you’ll know “history has its eyes on you.”