Hamilton: How the Musical Remixes American History

September 22, 2021
7 to 8 P.M.

Everyone’s talking about the Tony award-winning musical, HAMILTON, and many of us have the triple-platinum cast album on repeat. Its crafty lyrics and bold story have renewed interest in the real lives and true histories that the musical features. In this program, historian Dr. Richard Bell explores this musical phenomenon to reveal what its success tells us about the marriage of history and show-business. We will learn what this amazing musical gets right and gets wrong about Alexander Hamilton, the American Revolution, and the birth of the United States.

Dr. Bell will examine some of the choices HAMILTON’s creators made to simplify, dramatize, and humanize the complicated events and stories on which the show is based. We will also talk about HAMILTON’s cultural impact: what does its runaway success reveal about the stories we tell each other about who we are? 
Dr. Richard Bell is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Maryland. He is also the recipient of more than a dozen excellence in teaching awards and the 2017 NEH Public Scholar Award.
HAMILTON is presented by FSCJ Artist Series Broadway in Jacksonville. To purchase tickets to the show, click here.
Dr. Bell's Program Cost: $10