A Hamilton Hanukkah: Forthright America at its Finest

During the time of year when religious beliefs and traditions inevitably seem to be watered down in order to make them more palatable and politically correct—Christmas is about being nice to others and Hanukkah is about lights—it’s nice to see that some people are still willing to celebrate the particulars of their faith. If you … Continued

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Hey, ‘Hamilton’ Stars: Stop Your Ridiculous Liberal Grandstanding

To understand how conservatives feel about the disgraceful decision of a Broadway actor to single out Vice-President-elect Mike Pence from the stage following a performance of Hamilton and lecture him, picture a young black man walking into a jewelry store to buy a present for his mother. He’s never been in the store before, but … Continued

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Be Like Hamilton: Bring Back the Desk

Driving with my family not long ago, I caught glimpse of a street sign as we came through the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel in New York. “Hey, look kids, Hamilton Ave.,” I called out to the pack of biography-loving young readers crammed behind me. Without missing a beat, the older kids broke out into song, “I am … Continued

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Want to Write the Next ‘Hamilton’? Read a Difficult Book

Who’s going to write the next Hamilton? The musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda is a genuine phenomenon, an inspired work that ingeniously fuses hip-hop and literature. So who can match it? Whoever tries should forget about themselves for a couple of years and just read books and study great art. Critics love to praise Hamilton for … Continued

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Hamilton or “Hamilton”?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard of the award-winning hip-hop Broadway musical about the Founding Fathers, Hamilton.  Evidently a New York Democratic Congressional candidate, Oliver Rosenberg, has heard of it too. During a debate on the Brian Lehrer show on WNYC this week, Rosenberg quoted Alexander Hamilton to the effect of: “This is … Continued

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The 4 Reasons Aaron Burr Loses in Broadway’s ‘Hamilton’

The loudest buzz on Broadway this season is for Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical about the Founding Father whose face graces the $10 bill (at least for the time being). The show sold hundreds of thousands of tickets before it opened, bringing in about $30 million in advance sales. The Hamilton cast recording goes on sale … Continued

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