New York: Atlantic Recording Corporation, 2015
[We begin the Reading List with some reading for your ears--this year's On the Same Page selection: the cast recording for the Broadway musical, Hamilton.]
Hamilton is an interesting case study for "What Can We Change in a Single Generation?" Alexander Hamilton was himself part of a generation that changed the world. His contributions still echo today in government, business, and even in how news is reported. Our On the Same Page selection this year is the cast album to Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical version of the story. It's told through the eyes of people experiencing the American Revolution as they try to shape it to their own desires from their own perspectives. More than just history, the musical brings forward questions of vital interest even today: The role of individuals and their relations to government, equality and opportunity in a land shaped by immigrants, the importance of family versus accomplishment, and basic questions about American democracy. Even the musical itself has been changing things, from political discussions to what musical theatre looks like in the 21st Century. Who'd have predicted rap as show tunes? Please join us in listening to the cast album, and perhaps watch and read some of the additional materials that'll appear on the On the Same Page web site, as we explore this deep work and its context.