Lin-Manuel Miranda believes one of the lasting lessons of Hamilton is just how screwed up the Founding Fathers were. They owned slaves. They fought bitterly. One he is particularly familiar with died in a duel.
“One of the things about this show that is — it’s really my favorite thing about it — is that these guys were flawed and they were making it up as they went along,” Miranda said Monday in a telephone interview from the Public Theater in New York, where the musical sensation debuted in 2015.
Lin-Manuel Miranda of “Hamilton” performs onstage during the 70th annual Tony Awards at the Beacon Theatre in June 2016. (Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)
Without directly addressing President Trump or today’s Congress, Miranda pointed to how those deeply flawed men, gathered in Philadelphia more than 240 years ago, overcame their personal foibles to create a lasting nation that became a beacon for freedom around the world.
“I don’t attempt to deify or vilify anyone in the show. I just try to understand them,” Miranda said.
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