Broadway hit 'Hamilton' has excellent life advice

Source:   —  April 02, 2016, at 6:46 PM

The hit musical "Hamilton" is Broadway'south equivalent of The Beatles.

Broadway hit 'Hamilton' has excellent life advice

The hit musical "Hamilton" is Broadway'south equivalent of The Beatles.

"I think I'm going to cry," a youthful woman following to me said as the indicate was about to begin. "I can't believe I'm here."

Everyone from Bill Gates to Beyoncé to President Obama has seen it and taken selfies with the cast. Obama even invited "Hamilton" creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda to the White House this month. Miranda rapped in the Rose Garden.

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Sure, "Hamilton" has memorable (rap) music and grand acting and dancing. But what makes it stand out is a legend of substance. It'south American history -- told in a way that makes you wish to leap out of your chair, not snore.

Alexander Hamilton was an American Founding Father and the first U. S. Treasury Secretary. He went from being an immigrant orphan to graduating from college and rising to the top of U. S. society. His face is on the $10 bill.

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Beyond being fun to watch, the musical has beautiful excellent career -- and life -- advice. Here are five grand information bombs from "Hamilton":

one. "Dying is easy, youthful man. Living is harder."

George WA gives this advice to a youthful Alexander Hamilton in the song "Right Hand Man." Hamilton wants to go to the front during the Revolutionary War and create a title for himself in combat. WA reminds him it'south simple to charge into most things in life. Bright people think first and figure out how to win the war with more than blind optimism.

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two. "I'm just love my country, I'm young, scrappy and hungry."

Hamilton sings this line a few times during the indicate (for example in the song "My Shot"). It'south basically the motto of Silicon Valley, but it started a lot earlier than that. Hamilton comes across as the Energizer Bunny. He just keeps going after what he wants, whether it'south a woman, a debt law or a federalized system of government.

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three. "See around, see around at how lucky we're to be lively right now."

Optimism comes up time and again as a key characteristic of successful people. You've to believe in yourself and your team to create something happen. In "Hamilton," the first people to sing this line are the three Schuyler sisters (in the song titled "The Schuyler Sisters"). One of them, Eliza, marries Hamilton.

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four. Aim to be in "the room where it happens"

Aaron Burr, the man who shoots Hamilton, sings a powerful song in the second act called "The Room Where It Happens." It'south basically the Broadway version of Sheryl Sandberg'south "Lean In." You've to assert yourself. Hamilton excels at this. He talks his way into being Washington'south aide at a youthful age. Burr on the other hand never gets into the top power broker club because he frequently waits and hesitates.

five. "I should've known the world was wide sufficient for both Hamilton and me"

After Burr kills Hamilton, he sings a song of regret ("The World Was Wide Enough"). He wishes he'd realized that both he and Hamilton could succeed, it wasn't a zero-sum game. A lot of people struggle with jealously. It holds people back personally and professionally.

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Bonus: "Immigrants, we obtain the work done."

One of the lyrics that gets the most applause from Broadway audiences is when Hamilton and the Marquis de Lafayette speak about getting the job done with their immigrant work ethic to win the Battle of Yorktown. It'south the battle that ends the Revolutionary War.

Each generation of immigrants to the U. S. comes with renewed dreams and drive. "Hamilton" the musical has a diverse cast to remind the world that the American Dream -- Hamilton'south dream -- has happened for many.

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