Some Of My Favorites: Hamilton Edition

So if you’ve listened to the latest podcast, you’ve heard me talk about Hamilton, and I’ll be the first to admit that my love for it is maybe just a smidge obsessive. It’s also unlikely; I don’t know much at all about hip hop music, I’m not typically a fan of musicals, and I think the last time I listened to a soundtrack over and over was back in the late 80s / early 90s when David Foster wrote lots of love songs.

Earlier today someone (hi, Heather!) asked me (on Twitter) what my favorite Hamilton articles are, and oh my goodness – there are so many. I’ve read / watched an obnoxious amount about US history, about the show, about the actors, and about the creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda.

There’s no way I can list everything, of course, but if you want a little Hamilton primer, maybe this is a good place to start. There may be some language in these clips, just as there’s some language in the show’s lyrics. In that sense I guess the musical isn’t all that different from a PG-13 movie, but if you’re planning on listening to the soundtrack, just consider yourself warned. It’s certainly not for young kids, and I’d hate for anyone to expect Mary Poppins and then find themselves in the middle of a story about love and war and power and greed and infidelity and heartbreak (and so much more).

And just FYI – this is the book that started it all.

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All righty. Clips and articles for your enjoyment.

1) Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first performance of “Alexander Hamilton” at the White House in 2009 – before he knew he was going to write the musical.

2) The cast of the musical performing the same song at the White House about a month ago; they start singing around the 9:00 mark.

3) The New York Times review of Hamilton

4) The cast talks history in Rapping a RevolutionThe New York Times.

5) Charlie Rose interviews Lin-Manuel Miranda about his childhood, writing / researching Hamilton, and the history behind the show.

6) Charlie Rose talks with Lin-Manuel Miranda in “Hamilton: The Backstage Tour.”

(apparently I enjoy Charlie Rose’s interviews)

7) Daveed Diggs plays Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson in the show, and I love listening to him on the soundtrack. Maybe that’s why I enjoyed “Founding Father: Hamilton Star Daveed Diggs on Being in the Room Where It Happens” so much. He’s super talented.

8) The three men who have played King George in the show did a lip sync of “The Schuyler Sisters,” a song that introduces a couple of women who had an enormous impact on Alexander Hamilton’s life. This video makes me smile.

9) Lin-Manuel Miranda talks to Stephen Colbert (there’s a little language).

10) The Marine Band plays “What’d I Miss?” – a song that Daveed Diggs sings as Thomas Jefferson. He doesn’t sing it here (except for a line at the end), but there’s something about the setting that makes me smile.

I could go on, but I won’t. :-)

Have a great weekend, y’all!

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  1. Thank you so much!! Listening to the podcast was the first time I’ve heard about Hamilton! I guess I love under a rock! I’ve only had time to watch the first video and it is so impressive! I have a huge appreciation for someone who can rhyme like that, especially rap, and tell a story! I knew when you talked about it I would like it! And side note, I may have squealed when you said hi to me. My husband asked what was wrong and I told him he wouldn’t understand! 😂 Keep us updated on any other Hamilton news!!

  2. Christine says:

    Please tell me you’ve seen the Hamilton cast’s tribute to Prince onstage after the show on Thursday night. So fantastic! How did we survive before the YouTube?!?

  3. So, I had just seen a clip here and there of HAMILTON and was intrigued, and then when you talked about it in the podcast, I have gotten into it a bit more….(well, to the point that I could barely sleep the other night for “Alexander Hamilton” playing in my head over and over).

    By the way…my favorite part of that more recent White House clip (aside from the astounding talent, that is) is President Obama’s head bopping back and forth. :-)

  4. So glad you posted this. I saw Lin-Manuel on 60 Minutes a while back and was captivated. Would love to see Hamilton on Broadway. Yeah, dream on.

  5. Gretchen says:

    What in the world is Hamilton?! Now I must investigate. No one in Minnesota has spoken a word of it..hmmmm!

  6. LOVE Hamilton! It is incredible!!!!! Love all of this, thanks!

  7. So, I’m kinda late to this phenomenon, but I think I’m about to drink the Kool-Aid. I was listening to it in the car yesterday, and when they got to “It’s Quiet Uptown…,” I thought I was going to have to pull over the car. Seriously. Big. Tears. The emotional complexity and the grief that poured out was almost too much.

    Yeah, I’m hooked.

  8. I’m a big James Corden fan and don’t know if you’ve seen this yet, but it’s pretty great! Enjoy!! I’m a big Sophie fan, too, by the way!! :)

  9. Ann Hill says:


    Wasn’t sure where to ask this…on your events page, you list an appearance with the Friends of the Library in Eupora, MS on June 13. I was excited to see this, but when I contacted the group president for more info, she said there must have a been a mistake. Their group does not have you scheduled.

    I live in Grenada, MS. Are you scheduled any where in that area ? A friend and I were going to travel to Eupora to hear you speak to the Friends.
    (I sound like a serious groupie, don’t I? )

  10. I have tried, the dear Lord knows I have tried. I just don’t like musicals, and I don’t care for rap at all. I saw it, and I can appreciate it, but I didn’t like it.

    Broadway is just wasted on me, I’m hopeless. I can never suspend reality enough in a theater. I am not much better with movies, to be honest; I have seen three in the last 10 years.

    Books are the only thing I can lose myself in.

  11. I can’t get the opening song out of my head – ear worm! I love it though.

  12. I love, love your podcasts! I had never head of the musical Hamilton, but I’m now obsessed. Thank you for sharing!

  13. Have you seen cast of Hamilton do Sweeney Todd?!? It is everything.