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The Hamilton Phenomenon

April 3, 2017

By Zoe K.

“I am not throwing away my shot!”
“There’s a million things I haven’t done, but just you wait.”

These are not just catchy quotes, they are also famous lyrics from the popular Broadway play, “Hamilton: An American Musical.” It’s based on the life of one of America’s founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton. Hamilton was important in the fight for independence and became our first Secretary of the Treasury.

Hamilton’s story is about being able to achieve greatness no matter who you are or where you’re from. It’s great that the play has become very popular because kids like me can become interested in historical figures and learn more about them. Many people have made “Hamilton” a phenomenon because of its radical tunes. It also helps that it has a diverse, talented, and charismatic cast.

Lin-Manuel Miranda is the creator and star of “Hamilton.” He got me hooked on this musical because he was able to make this story into a hip-hop performance with catchy lyrics to sing along to.

This musical is now playing in San Francisco, but for many people the tickets are too expensive to go. That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the music; you can see clips of the play on Youtube, or listen to the songs. But be careful, you might become addicted because “Hamilton” rocks!

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