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What Comes Next? - “Hamilton’s America”

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We know that “Hamilton’s America” is delving into the history of the man and the musical and — while we’re all looking forward into a special that’s much more than a “making of a musical” — we’d be lying if we said we weren’t looking forward to seeing performances by the original cast.

What songs can you single out to watch for? Here’s our list:

  • “Alexander Hamilton”
  • “My Shot”
  • “Hurricane”
  • “The Schuyler Sisters”
  • “You’ll Be Back”
  • “Right Hand Man”
  • “Helpless”
  • “Guns and Ships”
  • “Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down)”
  • “Wait for It”
  • “What’d I Miss”
  • “Cabinet Battle No.1”
  • “The Room Where It Happens”
  • “One Last Time”
  • “Burn”
  • “The Election of 1800”
  • “The World Was Wide Enough”
  • “Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story”

Now that you know the fantastic soundtrack that’s going to accompany your journey through the creation of “Hamilton: An American Musical,” what else do you have to look forward to?

While a standard, straight-up, behind-the-scenes, would have been fascinating in itself, “Hamilton’s America” is something deeply more. With windows into the birth of the musical and the personal life of Lin-Manuel Miranda, it is a compelling documentary exploration of the life of Alexander Hamilton himself.

Documenting the work creating “Hamilton” from its genesis in 2009, the fast-paced documentary interweaves the parallels of Miranda’s and Hamilton’s personal stories with trips to the historic sites and an astounding range of interviews. While you might expect discussions with cast members — including Leslie Odom Jr.,Renee Elise Goldsberry, Phillipa Soo, Daveed Diggs, Christopher Jackson, Jonathan Groff and Anthony Ramos — those behind the scenes who make the magic happen — such as choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler and orchestrator-arranger-musical director Alex Lacamoire — and Ron Chernow, author of the biography that inspired Miranda, there are many more to look forward to.
Providing perspective from the realms of politics, government, finance, rap and more, be sure to keep an eye out for discussions with President and First Lady Obama, former president George Bush and Laura Bush, Jimmy Fallon, Nas, former treasury secretaries Henry Paulson and Timothy Geithener, Questlove, Paul Ryan and Elizabeth Warren.

The historians featured, as well as the “Hamilton” cast members, demonstrate at every point along the way that the characters of the musical and who founded our nation were deeply flawed. However, in spite of their intense faults, these historical characters’ brilliance isn’t erased.

Illustrating who lived and died by telling the story of the American founders, “Hamilton’s America” brings the rich and multifaceted reality of our political heritage and the role Alexander Hamilton played in it to life. Then, as now, the world of politics is messy and dramatic. We can only hope for similarly spectacular results in the future.

Don’t forget, “Hamilton’s America” is just the beginning of fantastic premieres featured in the 2016 PBS Arts Fall Festival! Tune in for special AETN Arts Friday programming each week at 8 p.m.


Friday, Oct. 21, 2016

“Hamilton’s America,” 8 p.m.


PBS Arts Fall Festival