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The New Hamilton Cast Recording Lives up to the Hype!

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The Broadway musical Hamilton  burst upon the scene setting theatre goers on fire with its charismatic story about founding father Alexander Hamilton. For those far removed from Broadway, the idea of being able to watch the musical anytime soon seemed an impossibility. Fans greedily devoured photos, videos and other goodies shared via social media from the musical and the cast.

Recently, the cast recording for  Hamilton was made available to stream in advance of its digital release.  Suffice it to say, fans have been absolutely blown away! While the music is not technically “rap” in the commercial sense, it is musical theatre performed in mostly hip hop and R&B style. With musical nods to the likes of Biggie, Mannie Fresh, Trina and Beyonce, this production continues to garner new admirers who tag themselves with #Hamiltunes on Twitter. Here’s a flashback of Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda debuting what was originally  “Hamilton Mix tapes” at the White House.

Lin-Manuel Miranda Performs at the White House Poetry Jam: (8 of 8)

Writer and star of the Broadway musical In the Heights, Lin-Manuel Miranda performs “The Hamilton Mixtape” at the White House Evening of Poetry, Music, and the Spoken Word on May 12, 2009. Accompanied by Alex Lacamoire. (public domain)

The beauty of being able to listen to the recording lies in its ability to transport the listener into the rich tapestry of the story without feeling like something integral has been missed. Who knew Alexander Hamilton was such a complicated and intriguing founding father?  If you have kids in Civics and History, love musical theatre, enjoy various iterations of rap and R&B, or just want to expand your palate for the arts, you really ought to listen to the soundtrack. It’s a fresh take on history in a contemporary musical form with a super diverse cast (as in Aaron Burr is played by a Black man).

We enjoyed every second of the recording! It’s a perfect starter piece if you always thought Broadway wasn’t for you. As an added bonus, The Roots stepped in to help produce the official cast recording. It’s always amazing to see the mighty path Hip Hop has carved through our culture and how its ethos continues to be a major part of the American narrative.

‘Hamilton’ Collaborators Lin-Manuel Miranda, Questlove and Black Thought on the Show’s Hip-Hop Cred

The ‘Hamilton’ creator and Roots members, who are prodcing the cast album, talk about why “hip-hop heads” approve of the show and turning the Founding Fathers into real people. SUBSCRIBE NOW http://bit.ly/BillboardSub for more exclusive performances, interviews and in-depth coverage of the world’s biggest music events.

If you do check it out, let us know your thoughts!  You can purchase it on iTunes, Google Play or Amazon or enjoy the music stream right here!

Nicole "Blackberri" Johnson is a freelance writer, stage/ film actress, activist and entrepreneur. Mom of three. Blackberri is also a notorious cape thief and unapologetic bacon lover. Follow on twitter @Blackberri

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The World is Wide Enough: Hamilton Second National Tour to Begin February 2018

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Only days after launching the first national tour of Hamilton last week, producer Jeffrey Sellers announced that a second national tour will kick off in Seattle starting February 2018. After a six-week engagement, the tour will travel to Portland, Oregon; Salt Lake City, Utah; Costa Mesa, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Des Moines, Iowa; Cleveland, Ohio; and Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The second touring company will be the fourth Hamilton production to play concurrently in the U.S. Joining the first national tour (currently in San Fransisco before moving to L.A later this summer), the sit-down production in Chicago (which started September  2016), and the current Broadway production, with a London staging debuting in November of this year.

In a press statement, Seller comments:

“Beginning in 2018 more than 8,000 people a night will have the opportunity to see the show somewhere in North America. Indeed, Hamilton is for everyone. There has been tremendous interest in the show from markets across the country. The best way to get the show in front of as many people as possible is to form a new company to crisscross the country.”

The cast has yet to be announced, but keep checking into Broadway Black to be the first in the know!

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Montego Glover Set for The New York Pops at Feinstein’s/54 Below

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Tony nominees Montego Glover, last seen in The Royale at Lincoln Center, and Tony Yazbeck  are set to star with The New York Pops in a  cabaret performance at Feinstein’s/54 Below in New York City  on September 19 to perform some of their favorite show tunes. Tony Yazbeck replaces the previously announced Joshua Henry. The event, described as “an intimate evening of dining and entertainment” will be led by Pops music director Steven Reineke.

“The New York Pops annual cabaret evening is one of our most intimate and exciting events each year,” said Reineke in a statement. “The event raises money for our vital music education programs, which reach thousands of New York City children each year. Montego and Tony are both extremely talented (and busy) performers, and they are extraordinarily kind and generous people. We are all looking forward to hearing them perform up close and personal. This is going to be a tremendous night.”

All proceeds will support The New York Pops’ PopsEd music programs, which reach over 4,000 New York City students each year.

Single tickets range from $275-$500 and ticket packages begin at $2,500. To purchase, visit www.newyorkpops.org or call 212-765-7677.

 

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