(Anthony Tommasini and Jon Caramanica’s article appeared in The New York Times, August 27.)
ANTHONY TOMMASINI To start with, the idea of drawing on hip-hop to tell the story of Hamilton — his personal struggles, his idealism, his relationship with our contentious founding fathers — was thrillingly inspired. On a basic level, the American Revolution was driven by words: fiery statements of principle; charges of imperialist oppression; accusations of betrayal; fine points of governance; even wordy obfuscations to gloss over disagreements that could have sabotaged the country at its start. What better musical genre to tell this tale?
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