TWITTER WATCH: #EduHam Begins Today! Check Out Tweets and Pics Celebrating HAMILTON's First Student Matinee
This afternoon marks the first day of #EduHam, a series of HAMILTON Wednesday matinees made available to New York City schools with a high concentration of students from low-income families for the ticket price of only $10.
As reported by BroadwayWorld, HAMILTON producer Jeffrey Seller and creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, The Rockefeller Foundation president Judith Rodin, NYC Department of Education Chancellor Carmen Fariña and Gilder Lehrman executive director Lesley Herrmann announced in October this educational partnership to provide 20,000 NYC public school students with the opportunity to see HAMILTON on Broadway and integrate the show into classroom studies. This educational initiative is made possible through a $1.46 million grant by The Rockefeller Foundation to Gilder Lehrman.
The action at the Richard Rodgers Theatre began early, with performances by the students themselves and a Q&A session with cast members.
Naturally, social media is blowing up with #EduHam posts. Here are the early dispatches. Check back for updates.
Tomorrow, 1300 students perform for US in the morning, Q&A with us, then see our matinee.- Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) April 12, 2016
I want to fast forward to tomorrow!#EduHam
Gilder Lehrman (@Gilder_Lehrman) April 12, 2016
Alex Lacamoire (@LacketyLac) April 13, 2016
A group did Boston Tea Party! Girl playing KG3 had perfect Brit accent and ended with Beiber song!! "You can go and Tax yourself!" #EduHam- Rory O'Malley (@RoryOMalley) April 13, 2016
And the kids' PERFORMANCES!- Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) April 13, 2016
They took us inside a slave ship, to Thomas Paine's thoughts, to Eliza's dying breaths, & everywhere in between.
The cast of Hamilton is comprised of Lin-Manuel Miranda (Alexander Hamilton), Daveed Diggs(Marquis De Lafayette,Thomas Jefferson), Renée Elise Goldsberry (Angelica Schuyler),Christopher Jackson (George Washington), Rory O'Malley (King George), Jasmine Cephas Jones (Peggy Schuyler, Maria Reynolds), Javier Muñoz (Hamilton alternate), Okieriete Onaodowan(Hercules Mulligan, James Madison), Leslie Odom, Jr. (Aaron Burr),Anthony Ramos (John Laurens,Philip Hamilton) and Phillipa Soo (Eliza Hamilton).
From bastard orphan to Washington's right hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country's first sex scandal to Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy, Hamilton is an exploration of a political mastermind. George Washington,Thomas Jefferson, Eliza Hamilton, and lifelongHamiltonfriend and foe, Aaron Burr, all attend this revolutionary tale of America's fiery past told through the sounds of the ever-changing nation we've become. Tony Award nominee Thomas Kail directs this new musical about taking your shot, speaking your mind, and turning the world upside down.