15 Mind-Blowing Facts You Didn't Know About Hamilton: An American Musical

The pinnacle of musical theatre has a lot going on...


Having just been released to the public on Disney Plus, Hamilton is undoubtedly set to become bigger than ever. Premiering on stage in early 2015, Hamilton received a crazy level of praise and ticket sales. In fact, before it even opened it was reported to have made $30 million, and for the vast majority of its run it was completely sold out. To add to this great success, the Original Broadway cast album was released in late 2015 and won a Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Album.

By now, it's likely that most people have seen it on Disney Plus. Some of you may have been lucky enough to see it live. The lyrics, the performances, the emotional intensity and Lin-Manuel Miranda's electrifying commitment and passion have made Hamilton a cultural icon, and the kind of spectacle everyone needs to see.

But what kind of things didn't we get to hear about in the show itself? Where did the idea come from? What kind of obscure references were thrown into the songs? What was it actually like performing it? The following list will take you on a journey through 20 of the most amazing, wonderful facts and little details of the hit show. Hopefully, this will tide you over as you prepare to watch it for the twelfth time, and let you see things through fresh eyes.

From origins to casts to stage design, let's do this.

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