January 2019 will mark “Hamilton”-mania in Pittsburgh! The enormously popular show, with its crafty lyrics, hip-hop beats, and big, bold story, has rejuvenated interest in the real lives and true histories that “Hamilton: An American Musical” puts center stage.
Whether or not you were able to snag tickets for the musical’s run in the Steel City, join the Heinz History Center and historian Richard Bell as we dissect the musical phenomenon to reveal what its success tells us about the marriage of history and show biz.
Dr. Bell will showcase what this popular production gets right – and wrong – about Alexander Hamilton, the American Revolution, and the birth of the United States, and why it all matters. Examine creative choices “Hamilton” creators made to simplify, dramatize, and humanize the complicated events and stories on which the show is based. Explore the musical’s cultural impact and what its runaway success reveals, highlighted with clips from the PBS documentary about the musical.
Please note that this program will include strong language and adult themes. Parental discretion is advised for those with children under the age of 14.
Admission to the program is $18 for adults and $9 for kids 17 and under, which includes admission to all History Center exhibitions including Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission.
History Center members receive 10% off admission using promo code RISEUP. You will be asked to verify your membership at check-in.
For more information, please contact Sam Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-454-6373.
About the Speaker
Dr. Richard Bell received a BA from the University of Cambridge in 1999 and a Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2006. He joined the Department of History at the University of Maryland thereafter and received tenure in 2012. Dr. Bell has held two dozen research fellowships including residencies at the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Abolition, and Resistance at Yale University and the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress. His work has also been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Dr. Bell serves as a Trustee of the Maryland Historical Society, as an elected member of the Massachusetts Historical Society, and as a fellow of the Royal Historical Society. He lives in University Park, Md., with his wife and two daughters.