Few productions have had a more considerable impact on culture and their industries than Lin-Manuel Miranda’s smash Broadway hit, “Hamilton.” It hit the Richard Rogers Theater in August of 2015 and opened to rave reviews in The Economist. The play, rumored to have taken star Miranda seven years to write, follows the story of Alexander Hamilton’s life from immigrant to forgotten founding father.
The use of a diverse cast telling the story through hip hop, jazz, pop, and soul endeared the production to audiences. Marisol Adame, contributing to The Prospector, wrote, “‘Hamilton’ has a significant cultural impact because it is the story of how America looked years ago, represented by how America looks like today. ‘Hamilton‘ introduces an immigrant narrative, which I had not seen in a Broadway show before, much less in this very distinctive way with a very inclusive cast.”
Jonathan Groff appeared as King George III in what is arguably the best role in the cast. Groff earned his second Tony nomination (according to the awards show’s website) in only nine minutes on the stage. The Hollywood Reporter asked him what the best thing about playing the king was, and he answered, “Playing the king, you get to speak directly to the audience, and you can do anything you want. I didn’t get to have a lot of stage time with my fellow castmates, but I got to build a relationship with the audience every night.” When “Hamilton” hit Disney+ in 2020, it took the actor to a new level of stardom with his performance landing in front of vastly more people than the Broadway show ever could.