Why ‘Hamilton’ became a phenomenon

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It may be a historic weekend at the Tony Awards as “Hamilton” attempts to become the most award winning musical in Broadway history, but the show wasn’t always a phenomenon.

“Hamilton,” the hip-hop musical about the American Revolution, is not just reimagining U.S. history, it’s reimagining Broadway.

It has done this by becoming a work of American art that is enjoyed by pretty much everybody.

The show’s message of unity is seemingly a welcome one in the midst of a polarized political season. It feels like The Richard Rodgers Theatre is the one place in America not split into red and blue.

“‘Hamilton,’ I’m pretty sure, is the only thing that Dick Cheney and I agree on,” President Obama said in March.

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