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Hamilton: Original Broadway Cast Recording

Lin-Manuel Miranda turns his groundbreaking Broadway smash into a cohesive, exhilarating pop experience


Hamilton Richard Rodgers Theatre Cast Lin-Manuel Miranda Alexander Hamilton Javier Muñoz Alexander Hamilton Alternate Carleigh Bettiol Andrew Chappelle Ariana DeBose Alysha Deslorieux Daveed Diggs Marquis De Lafayette Thomas Jefferson Renee Elise Goldsberry Angelica Schuyler Jonathan Groff King George III Sydney James Harcourt Neil Haskell Sasha Hutchings Christopher Jackson George Washington Thayne Jasperson Jasmine Cephas Jones Peggy Schuyler Maria Reynolds Stephanie Klemons Emmy Raver-Lampman Morgan Marcell Leslie Odom, Jr. Aaron Burr Okieriete Onaodowan Hercules Mulligan James Madison Anthony Ramos John Laurens Phillip Hamilton Jon Rua Austin Smith Phillipa Soo Eliza Hamilton Seth Stewart Betsy Struxness Ephraim Sykes Voltaire Wade-Green Standby: Javier Muñoz (Alexander Hamilton) Production Credits: Thomas Kail (Director) Andy Blankenbuehler (Choreographer) David Korins (Scenic Design) Paul Tazewell (Costume Design) Howell Binkley (Lighting Design) Other Credits: Lyrics by: Lin-Manuel Miranda Music by: Lin-Manuel Miranda Book by Lin-Manuel Miranda


“Who lives, who dies, who tells your story?” Anyone would be lucky to have Broadway innovator Lin-Manuel Miranda tell his or her story, and this time founding father Alexander Hamilton is the fortunate son. Miranda has created an exemplary piece of musical theater in his smash hit Hamilton. This album, created with help from the Roots, pulls off something even more impressive: It proves that a cast soundtrack LP can work as a powerful, cohesive, exhilarating pop experience in the 21st century. 

This presentation of Hamilton is a textured labor of love, showing and not simply telling how its title character went from “young, scrappy and hungry” to “an Icarus [who’s] flown too close to the sun.” Miranda’s music and lyrics smoothly fuse Nineties hip-hop, girl-group R&B, British Invasion pop and more into classic theatrical forms, and dramatic highlights like “My Shot,” “Stay Alive” and “Ten Duel Commandments” are as stirring on record as they are onstage. Act One stunner “Satisfied” might be Miranda’s finest moment, with costar Renée Elise Goldsberry dipping in and out of Nicki Minaj-style rhymes and Bernadette Peters vocal runs in a heartbreaking performance as Hamilton’s sister-in-law Angelica Schuyler. Tickets to the show may be sold out until approximately forever, but this album is an excellent replacement.

In This Article: Broadway, The Roots, Various Artists


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