Hamilton's America

Synopsis: Hamilton's America delves even deeper into the creation of the Hamilton musical, revealing Lin-Manuel Miranda's process of absorbing and then adapting Hamilton's epic story into groundbreaking musical theater.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Alex Horwitz
  3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
90 min

-Next on "Great Performances,"

how did a musical

based on the life

of an overlooked founding father

become the hottest ticket

in town?

The ship

is in the harbor now

See if you can spot him

-Find out as composer

Lin-Manuel Miranda

takes us on his personal journey

from original inspiration

to Broadway sensation.

-I grabbed a biography off

the shelf of Alexander Hamilton,

and I found it deeply moving

and deeply personal

when I read it.

- I'm the damn fool

that shot him

-Something that really

sort of spoke to me

when I was, you know,

reading this story

and beginning

to research and write it

is that moment

when you trade away capital

in exchange for the debt plan.

We call it "The Room

Where It Happens."

- I've got to be

- The room where it happens

- I've got to be

- The room where it happens

- Oh, I've got to be in

- The room where it happens

I got to be, I got to be

-Be in the room

where it happens

when history steps off the page

and onto the stage

in "Hamilton's America,"


[ Indistinct conversations ]

[ Orchestra tuning ]

[ Up-tempo music plays ]

-We're on Broadway.

We're at the

Richard Rodgers Theatre.

But at the same time,

it feels exactly the same

as when I was

in "Pirates of Penzance"

in ninth grade.

It's such a kick

to get to play dress-up

and sing songs for an audience.

I know there are certain actors

who are like,

"Once I get the wig,

once I get the shoes,

I know who the character is."

I don't know that I'm like that.

I do know

that my posture

certainly changes

when I'm in the clothes,

but it really

doesn't start for me

until I see everybody else

in their costume.

And you get that

moment of community

where we're all agreeing

to just create this world

for people.

There's the part of my brain

that works really hard

on making "Hamilton"

historically accurate

and exciting and high-stakes.

And then there's the charge

and the adrenaline

that comes

from performing something

and hearing a response.

-Places, please.

All cast to places.

-Uh. Oops.

I'm still married.

Thank you.

-Mr. President.

-Oh, hey, man.

- In New York,

you can be a new man

- Just you wait

- In New York,

you can be a new man

- Just you wait

- In New York,

you can be a new man

- In New York

- New York

- Just you wait

- Alexander Hamilton

- Alexander Hamilton

- We are waiting

in the wings for you

- Waiting in the wings

for you

- You could never back down

- You never learned

to take your time

Oh, Alexander Hamilton

- Alexander Hamilton

- When America sings for you

- Will they know

what you overcame?

Will they know

you rewrote the game?

The world will

never be the same

- Oh-oh oh

- The ship

is in the harbor now

See if you can spot him

- Just you wait

- Another immigrant

coming up from the bottom

- Just you wait

- His enemies

destroyed his rep

America forgot him

- We fought with him

- Me? I died for him

- Me? I trusted him

- Me? I loved him

- And me?

I'm the damn fool

that shot him

-[ Echoing ] Shot him

- There's a million things

I haven't done

But just you wait

- What's your name, man?

- Alexander Hamilton

[ Final chord plays ]

[ Door unlocking ]

-Ta-da! [ Laughs ]

Everything in my life

is under construction.

My wife, Vanessa, and I

bought this place last year.

We've been working on it

almost a year.

There's a piano under here,

believe it or not.

[ Piano plays off-key ]

I'm in this crazy

holding pattern right now.

I'm just waiting for the next

chapter of my life to start.

There's a kid

coming in November.

Two weeks after the kid is born,

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