By now you’ve probably heard of “Hamilton,” the incredibly successful broadway musical created by Puerto Rican-American Lin-Manuel Miranda. The hip-hop-infused play has caught a lot of buzz, but the musical’s success has taken a whole new level. It’s now become the ninth musical to win a Pulitzer Prize.
Although it’s not common for a play to win in the drama category, but it was the play’s unique spin on American history that made it a top contender.
Miranda created the play after reading Alexander Hamilton’s biography during a break from his other broadway hit “In The Heights.” The play debuted in February 2015 and has already won 31 awards, including a Grammy. Word on the street is it will also sweep at the Tony Awards this year.
When Disney+ started streaming “Hamilton,” the wildly popular Broadway musical made it into the homes of millions. The mix of rap lyrics and American history set the musical apart from the beginning. Now, “Hamilton” is teaming up with When We all Vote to get people charged up for the election.
“Hamilton” has never been shy to get involved in politics.
The musical has a diverse cast of Black and Latino actors and singers deliver a tremendous performance with a powerful message. The musical makes the case that every American should have the opportunity for their voice to be heard.
Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda raises the importance of unification no matter race, religion, or socioeconomic status. His work emphasizes the notion that all Americans can make the difference in reframing our nation’s narrative. “Hamilton” is not the only project where he aims for others to feel inspired for change.
Miranda has partnered up with When We All Vote to focus on voter education.
When We All Vote is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization launched by Michelle Obama and Janelle Monae in 2018 aiming to to focus on bridging the gap around race and age within voter culture. The organization hopes to raise awareness on the importance of voting especially in the upcoming election in November. Knowing Miranda’s activistm, he was bound to do so with an exciting spin.
Miranda is taking music from “Hamilton” and changing the lyrics to encourage voters.
Miranda and When We All Vote want all people out there to stand up and make their voices heard. Lyrics like “I’m just an ordinary citizen/ I’m not political, I’ve never been/ And I don’t vote/ I don’t vote” in the tune of “Alexander Hamilton” raises awareness that choosing not to vote weighs equally as heavily in the election and has resulted in the swayed outcome of our past presidential election back in 2016, where the nearly 100 million voters who were claimed as non-participatory contributed in swinging it more in the favor of the current occupant of the white house.
Miranda is conscious of all sides of why the public may be hesitant to be active such as voter fraud and the lack of education on how to register amidst the current Covid-19 restrictions. The team addresses every concern with ingenious lyrics and tunes that create an exciting atmosphere around election talk. With a creative, exciting, and revolutionary way of getting information so you can vote in the next primary, who wouldn’t want to get involved? So go get your ballot ready and “Let’s get this done!”
For more information on When We All Vote’s initiative, click here. And to register to vote, visit our homepage and click on the Register to Vote icon pop up because “you are not throwing away your shot.”
For years Hamilton has been lauded as a Broadway breakout hit. Having racked up a record-setting 16 nominations at the 2016 Tony Awards, Hamilton and ultimately taking home 11 awards, including Best Musical. The musical also won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. So when it was announced a filmed version of the stage production would be launched on Disney+ many wondered if the play would be a winner that would take all at the 2021 Academy Awards.
Unfortunately, it looks as if that beam of fan hope won’t be happening.
The change, which came as a result of coronavirus concerns, altered rules which required movies distributed by streaming platforms to play in movie theaters for a minimum of seven days to meet nomination requirements.
Unfortunately, the updated rule excludes Hamilton. Language added to the Academy Awards guidelines in 1997 bars recorded stage performances from taking home nominations.
The addition to the 1997 rule was spurred by a performance by Sir Laurence Olivier who received a Best Actor nomination in 1966 for his blackface portrayal of Othello in a “hybrid stage/film production.” from According to People, James Whitmore also received a nomination 10 years later in the same category for his role as Harry S. Truman in a recorded version of Give ’em Hell, Harry!
Vulture confirmed recently that “as a recorded stage production, Hamilton is not eligible for awards consideration.”
Fortunately, Hamilton will be eligible for an Emmy nomination if it adds its name to the outstanding variety special (pre-recorded) category.