Tag Archives: Hamilton

Updated: Playing the Trump Card

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The hashtag #NotMyPresident is quite popular right now.  I can’t get behind it.  Whether or not a person voted for Mr. Trump, he is now the soon-to-be Chief Executive of the country.  So he will be  our President as defined by the Law of the Land, the United States Constitution. And, because he is our soon-to-be President, there are many legal ways to interact with ...

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Hamilton: American Sign Language Style

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Hamilton  just got choreographed in a powerful way.  Sarah Tubert translated “Alexander Hamilton”  into American Sign Language. Update September 21, 2016:  Lin-Manuel Miranda, the guy who created Hamilton, thinks Sarah’s piece is special, too.  And posted so on Facebook.

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It’s Raining Hamiltons from Heaven

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The Hollywood Reporter takes a look at what is being done with all those dollars that Broadway’s Hamilton  is raking in.  With weekly grosses of $1.5M in ticket sales, 40% immediately goes to theater rental and other operating costs like salaries.  After royalties are then paid, there is $600,000 a week to pay back the investors until the initial capital outlay of $12.5M is recouped.  ...

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AEA President Formally Addresses Diversity

Actors’ Equity President Kate Shindle has a guest column in Variety  to formally write about diversity and the Hamilton casting notice.  Earlier in the week, Equity created tremendous Internet backlash by seemingly to be only concerned about discrimination when white actors were excluded.  The Union subsequently deleted a tweet and replaced the 140 character message with a much longer one for Union members.  In her ...

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Equity Removes Tweet, Inserts Letter

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Yesterday, Actors’ Equity officially applauded a wording change in the casting notice for Hamilton.  The tweet was controversial because it begged the question about being able to cast by race – something that doesn’t appear to be an issue if the casting notice calls exclusively for Caucasians.  That tweet: spurred a significant Internet backlash.  Equity has since deleted the tweet. Today, Equity issued another tweet ...

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UPDATED: Hamilton Casting Raises Diversity Issues

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The diversity argument in the arts has been brewing hotter for at least a year now.   The backlash discussion of Howlround’s Jubilee, an attempt to get theaters to commit to producing only non-white, non-male writers in the year 2020, showed that the boundary between diversity and inclusiveness is not as sharp as might be expected. Now Hamilton, the Broadway sensation that will likely sweep the ...

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A Study of the Broadway Understudy

The New Yorker provides a glimpse of the world of the Broadway Understudy: Understudies suffer the artistic frustration of not being able to make a role entirely their own, even should they have the opportunity to perform. They bear the difficult knowledge that their own opportunity for success depends upon the chance of someone else’s misfortune; possibly, they even wish for it. “I secretly wanted ...

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Letter to the Editor: The Price of Success on Broadway

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I’ve been enjoying all the great things in the media about the show “Hamilton” on Broadway (and love the soundtrack). It seems to be a pretty special show. But I’d also like to tell you why “Hamilton” is special in a bad way. It is such a phenomenon that ticket sales went through the roof. That’s a great thing. I’ve got no problem with that. ...

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President Makes Second Trip to Hamilton

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Playbill:  President Obama returned to Broadway to see Hamilton on Tuesday.   Being on a fund-raiser stage gave the President an opportunity for a little political stand-up: “Have you noticed that every one of these candidates says, ‘Obama’s weak. Putin’s kicking sand in his face. When I talk to Putin, he’s going to straighten out.’ “Then it turns out they can’t handle a bunch of CNBC ...

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Sold Out Hamilton Musical Takes Singing to the Street

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Bloomberg Business: The hottest Broadway show not on any stage is a free, five-minute performance running two to three times a week about two hours before curtain on the sidewalk outside the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York. There, Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of and a lead actor in the rap musical Hamilton, MCs an impromptu performance with guests from his own and other Broadway ...

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