NEW YORK — PBS will kick off its annual Arts Fall Festival with a two-hour special about the making of Broadway’s Tony-winning musical “Hamilton,” according to Variety. Presented as part of the broadcaster’s “Great Performances” series, “Hamilton’s America” will premiere October 21 at 9 p.m.
Directed by Thomas Kail and inspired by Ron Chernow’s biography “Alexander Hamilton,” “Hamilton” explores the life of the American founding father and first Secretary of the Treasury, as well as his experiences as an orphan of the British West Indies who immigrated to the 13 Colonies and helped shape the United States of America. The show, which had its world premiere at the Public Theater, features a hip-hop score written by Miranda.
In addition to winning the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Hamilton won 11 Tony Awards this year, including the evening’s biggest prize, Best Musical. The show’s creator Lin-Manuel Miranda took home two prizes himself for both Book and Score, while his costar Leslie Odom Jr. bested him in the Leading Actor category. Cast members Renée Elise Goldsberry and Daveed Diggs also added to the musical’s total, with wins for their featured performances.
In addition to Miranda, Odom, Goldsberry, and Diggs, the featured cast includes Tony nominees Phillipa Soo and Christopher Jackson, as well as Anthony Ramos, Okieriete Onaodowan, and Jasmine Cephas Jones.
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