Natasha Caudill, Staff Writer

In February of 2015, one show changed the history of traditional musical theatre forever. In its first Off-Broadway debut the cast of Hamilton performed to a sold out audience; six months later the show officially premiered on Broadway.

Hamilton, written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, tells the life story of founding father Alexander Hamilton. The show recounts his rise from poverty, the Revolutionary War and the formation of the Federal government. Unlike other musicals, Miranda incorporated hip-hop into all the musical numbers. While on vacation Miranda picked up Alexander Hamilton by Robert Chernow and what began as pleasure reading for traveling turned into six years of writing. A rough draft of The Hamilton Mixtape turned into Hamilton and musical theatre history was made.

While a hip-hop musical about a founding father may not be very conventional, its success has been unprecedented. The show has been sold out on Broadway since its debut in 2015 and the cast recording went platinum after their Best Musical Theatre Album win at the Grammys. The cast also offers weekly performances for free during “#Ham4Ham” ticket lotteries, giving people a chance to see parts of the highly coveted show.

While the show indefinitely remains on Broadway, the cast will perform in Chicago starting in September and will begin their U.S. tour in 2017.

Written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter, Hamilton: The Revolution was released on April 12. The 288-page book tells the story of the creation of the musical and is already on its third printing as sellers like Amazon are out of stock. Hamilton offers people of all ages a Hamilfun way to learn history and is not expected to lose popularity anytime soon.