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

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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?


Eric Ting, artistic director, California Shakespeare Theater

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