“Oh, Alexander Hamilton
“When America sings for you
“Will they know what you overcame?
“Will they know you rewrote the game?
“The world will never be the same, oh”
Jennifer Browne, a senior at Boston Latin School, says that she’s not really a fan of rap music but she likes the “Hamilton”soundtrack.
“ ‘Hamilton’ brings a different sort of life to that style of music by using it to explain something that normally isn’t explained [through music]: American history, Colonial American history,” says Browne. “It makes history come alive in it’s own new way that’s more relatable to the people of our generation.”
Long-considered the domain of older audiences, musical theatre has become very popular recently -- among all age groups -- since the hip-hop hit musical “Hamilton” debuted on Broadway in August of 2015.
The story about Alexander Hamilton’s life as one of America’s founding fathers will be touring nationally in 2017-2018 and is expected to make its way to Boston.
The play’s impact is being felt not only on stage but also in the classroom.
Mary Whelan, a freshman at BLS, says that her US history teacher incorporated “Hamilton” into a few of her lessons.
“She showed us more of the educational songs about the battles and stuff,” Whelan says.
Erica Jurus, a junior at BLS, says “Hamilton” has brought people together in a variety of venues.
“We have a Facebook group for Broadway,” Jurus says, “and there are a lot of “Hamilton” fans on there.”