What Other Historical Figures Should Get the 'Hamilton' Treatment?

28 min
at 9:30 AM
Daveed Diggs as Marquis de Lafayette, Okieriete Onaodowan as Hercules Mulligan, Anthony Ramos as John Laurens, and Lin-Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hamilton in 'Hamilton.'  (Photo: Joan Marcus)

Ron Chernow, the historian whose biography of Alexander Hamilton inspired Lin-Manuel Miranda's Broadway sensation, praises the hit musical for transforming our understanding of the founding fathers beyond "a bunch of middle-aged white guys with wigs and buckled shoes." This hour, we'd like to know which historical figures or events you think deserve a full-scale theatrical treatment akin to "Hamilton." Who played an important -- but overlooked -- role in shaping America? What historical figure deserves their name in lights? What historical eras should be highlighted like the formative days of Hamilton, Burr and LaFayette?

Guests:

Eric Ting, artistic director, California Shakespeare Theater

Brady Carlson, author, "Dead Presidents"; host, Wisconsin Public Radio

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