How Much Do You Know About Hamilton?

By: Annette

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About This Quiz

It is the musical that changed it all. Broadway has never been the same since Hamilton took the stage. If you're willing to pay $500 to see it, then you're able and willing to take this quiz. When you succeed, you can break into song.

Hamilton is infused with ______.

Hamilton is so innovative because it's infused with hip-hop. Both the music and the dance have hip hop rhythms.

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Hamilton is based on the life of who?

The musical is based on the life of Alexander Hamilton. He was the first Secretary of the Treasury in the U.S.

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Who created Hamilton?

Lin-Manual Miranda created Hamilton from scratch. It took him 6 years to finish.

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Hamilton is based on what?

Hamilton is based off a biography by Ron Chernow. Lin-Manuel thought the story lent itself to hip-hop.

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Lin-Manuel's first musical was what?

Lin-Manuel also created the award-winning musical In the Heights. It's about growing up in Washington Heights, NYC.

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The musical was going to be an _____ first.

Originally, Lin-Manuel wanted the musical to start as an album. This was done with other musicals like Evita and Jesus Christ Superstar.

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Hamilton debuted at number _____ on Billboard's 200.

Hamilton debuted at number 12 on Billboard's top 200. That was the highest musical ranking since Camelot.

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Who in the audience received a direct message from the cast?

Vice President Mike Pence received a direct message from the actor playing Aaron Burr. "We are the diverse Americans, who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents, or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights ..."

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In Hamilton, there is a famous duel between the title character and who?

The famous duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr is portrayed onstage. Leslie Odom Jr. was the original Burr.

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Who narrates the story?

Aaron Burr is the narrator of the story. The famous duel between him and Hamilton took place in Weehawken, NJ.

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Is Hamilton the only musical about the Founding Fathers?

There is one other musical, 1776, which deals with the story of the Founding Fathers. It focuses on the creation of the Declaration of Independence.

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Which musical did Lin-Manuel co-compose?

Lin-Manuel was a co-composer on Bring it On, the Musical. He also helped to translate West Side Story into Spanish.

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Alexander Hamilton appears on the ______.

Alexander Hamilton's face is on the $10 bill. There is a push for it to be removed and replaced by a famous woman.

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Where was the first place the opening song was performed?

The opening song "Alexander Hamilton" was performed at the White House. Barack Obama and his family were in attendance.

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How long did it take to write the first song?

It actually took a whole year to write the first song of the musical. Then it took another year to write the second song!

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What is the title of Hamilton's anthem?

"My Shot" is Hamilton's anthem in the musical. It was the second song that Miranda wrote, and he took pains to make it perfect.

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Where did Miranda perform the Hamilton Mixtape?

The Hamilton Mixtape was performed at Lincoln Center in 2012. It was part of the American Songbook series.

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What year did Hamilton hit Broadway?

Hamilton came to Broadway in August of 2015. It had been playing off Broadway in New York for 8 months.

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What was the original theater Hamilton played?

Hamilton started its run at the Public Theater in New York in January of 2015. It moved to the Richard Rodgers Theater.

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What show did Miranda research when writing Hamilton?

Lin-Manuel did a lot of research on Les Miserables. He wanted to study how the musical reintroduced its themes.

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Is there dialogue in Hamilton?

The show is sung and rapped through the entire time. They toyed with dialogue in the beginning, but they scrapped it.

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What king appears in Hamilton?

King George appears in Hamilton. He has a show-stopping number that Miranda wrote on his honeymoon.

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Where did Miranda write "Wait for It"?

Miranda actually wrote Burr's song "Wait for It" while on the subway. He was going to a friend's birthday party in Brooklyn.

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Washington's lyric, “The model of a modern major general" pays homage to _____.

This lyric pays homage to the Pirates of Penzance. There are other lyrics that Miranda uses from other musicals.

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Who did Miranda play in the production?

Lin-Manuel played Hamilton in the production. He was torn between whether to play Hamilton or Burr.

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Hamilton is groundbreaking because the casting is ______.

The casting of Hamilton is incredibly diverse. This is what is known as colorblind casting.

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What is #Ham4Ham?

Some lucky audience members got to see #Ham4Ham. Miranda himself would come out and entertain the waiting crowd.

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What did Obama think of the show?

President Barack Obama thought the show was brilliant. He said, “so much so that I’m pretty sure this is the only thing that Dick Cheney and I have agreed on—during my entire political career.”

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Will Hamilton go on tour?

Hamilton is already on tour across America. There is also a production coming to London.

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Which award did Hamilton win?

Hamilton won all three of these prestigious awards. In fact, it won 11 Tonys.

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Where was Alexander Hamilton born?

Hamilton was born in the West Indies in 1756. He became George Washington's assistant in 1777.

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Recently, Lin-Manuel has worked for ______.

Lin-Manuel has been working a lot for Disney. He has written songs for Moana and the Little Mermaid live action film.

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Did celebrities go to see Hamilton?

Yes, they most certainly did. For instance, JLo, Joe Biden, Steven Spielberg, Sting, and even Oprah took a seat!

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How long is Hamilton?

Hamilton runs for 2 hours and 45 minutes. This includes one 15-minute intermission.

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Where did Hamilton start its national tour?

Hamilton began its national tour in San Francisco at the Orpheum Theater. From there, it goes to Los Angeles.

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