When Lin Manuel Miranda combined his love of Broadway musicals with his passion for hip hop, the result changed musical theater forever. Why was Hamilton’s story a perfect fit for rap? And how did this innovative hit build on the legacies of Oklahoma and Sondheim? The third entry in our series “Oklahoma at 80” which examines the influence of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s influential musical on the biggest hit of 21st century Broadway.
This is a hybrid program which will be in the Library’s Meeting Room and on Zoom. Please email email@example.com for the Zoom code or join us in person for tea and cookies!
Our presenter: Entertainment historian John Kenrick has worked in the theatre at every level from amateur to Broadway, eventually serving as personal assistant to 6 Tony Award winning producers, including the team behind the original production of Rent. He has taught musical theatre history courses at NYU, The New School, and Philadelphia’s University of the Arts. John’s books include Musical Theatre: A History, and he is featured in The Cambridge Companion to Operetta. He is the creator of the educational website Musicals101.com.