The Sporting Life: Hamilton Remix at TSM Edition

Dr. Richard Bell

Nashville has Hamilton-mania! Everyone’s talking about Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony-winning musical and many of us have the triple-platinum cast album playing on repeat. Its crafty lyrics, hip-hop tunes, and big, bold story have even rejuvenated interest in the real lives and true histories that Hamilton: the Musical puts center stage. Join Dr. Richard Bell in a discussion on Hamilton and the marriage of history and show-business at the Tennessee State Museum (TSM) on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 2 p.m.

“Hamilton: How the Musical Remixes American History” is aimed at adults who know the soundtrack and/or who’ve seen the show. Come learn what this amazing musical gets right and gets wrong about Alexander Hamilton, the American Revolution, and the birth of the United States and about why all that matters. In it University of Maryland historian Dr. Richard Bell explores this musical phenomenon to reveal what its success tells us about the marriage of history and show-business.

Bell will examine some of the choices Hamilton’s creators made to simplify, dramatize, and humanize the complicated events and stories on which the show is based. He will also talk about Hamilton’s cultural impact: what does its runaway success reveal about the stories we tell each other about who we are and about the nation we made.

This thrilling presentation  has already entertained large sold-out audiences at Smithsonian, the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh and a dozens of other cultural institutions throughout the country. Buy your tickets now ($30) at Eventbrite. Follow the link provide on the TSM website at tnmuseum.org

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award-winning musical sensation, Hamilton, is at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) now through January 19, 2020. Its crafty lyrics, hip-hop tunes, and big, bold story have even rejuvenated interest in the real lives and true histories that Hamilton: the Musical puts center stage.

Hamilton performances run through Saturday, January 19, 2020 in the Andrew Jackson Hall of the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in downtown Nashville. Last week, we told you about how to get $10 tickets through the Ticket Lottery.

The #HAM4HAM lottery in Nashville will offer 40 tickets for each performance for only $10 each. Hamilton visit http://hamiltonmusical.com/lottery to register. You must be 18 years or older and have a valid, non-expired photo ID that matches the name used to enter. Tickets are non-transferable. The lottery will open at 11:00 a.m. two days prior to the performance date and will close for entry at 9:00 a.m. the day prior to the performance.

Hamiltunes Nashville Sing-a-long events January 9, 10 & 11

Want to be in the room where it happened, but couldn’t afford the tickets? Join in with fellow “Hamilfans” for a sing-a-long performance, led by talented song leaders who perform through the entire show. Only $5 for adults; $2 for ages 12-17; children under 12 are free! 7 pm each evening, at Z. Alexander Looby Theater, 2301 Rosa L. Parks Blvd. Thursday and Friday, January 9 and 10; at Centennial Black Box Theatre, 211 – 27th Avenue North, Saturday, January 11. Details at the Hamiltunes Nashville Facebook page.