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  • Acting for Two: Several roles are doubled between Acts One and Two: Lafayette / Thomas Jefferson, John Laurens / Philip Hamilton, Peggy Schuyler / Maria Reynolds, Hercules Mulligan / James Madison, Philip Schuyler / James Reynolds. When Lin-Manuel Miranda was asked on Twitter why Peggy Schuyler joined her sisters saying "Me, I loved him," in the opening number, he said the actress was meant to represent both Peggy and Maria in that moment, and that so too did the other doubled actors, congratulating listeners who caught the double meaning in such lines as "We fought with him", which could refer to Jefferson and Madison, who opposed Hamilton politically, or Lafayette and Mulligan, who fought alongside him in the war; as well as "Me, I died for him", which is sung by the actor playing Phillip Hamilton and John Laurens, both of whom were close to Hamilton and died. Named roles other than the principals are played by chorus members, who often return as soldiers, townspeople, courtiers, and/or slaves, often with ironies such as the slave identified as Sally Hemings returning as a woman who has sex with Philip.
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    • Lin-Manuel Miranda has made it quite clear he loves it when people make fan content for the show, and often shares some of it on his social media pages.
    • Miranda also gave his seal of approval to Forbidden Broadway's Spamilton, which sends up Lin, the show, and the following it received. Lin even took a selfie with the actor who plays him!
    • He was also delighted with the "Weird Al" Yankovic parody "Hamilton Polka".
  • Ascended Meme: The CIA, of all entities, made a HERCULES MULLIGAN joke on their official Twitter account on the Fourth of July. No, seriously.
  • Cast Incest: Jasmine Cephas-Jones (Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds) and Anthony Ramos (John Laurens/Philip Hamilton) are dating. Peggy is Philip's aunt.
  • Colbert Bump:
    • This musical has sparked interest in not only Hamilton's life, but that of Aaron Burr, John Laurens, the Marquis de Lafayette, Hercules Mulligan, and the Schuyler sisters, especially among young people.
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    • Copies of the Chernow biography (the source for the show) now have "Inspiration for the hit musical Hamilton" stickers on them, and newer editions use the show's poster as the cover. It's also a common joke in the fandom that reading the biography is shorthand for "I can't afford tickets to Hamilton." Copies of the book have also been sold in the lobby of the theater.
    • The show has also brought much deserved attention to Graham-Windham, which is the current name of the orphanage Eliza Hamilton founded.
  • Creator-Preferred Adaptation: Ron Chernow was initially skeptical about making a musical from Hamilton's life, but changed his mind after meeting with Lin-Manuel Miranda, who stressed that he wanted Hamilton to be taken seriously by historians and asked Chernow to help him develop the script. Chernow said his skepticism melted the moment he heard Miranda's first song, and was completely on board afterwards. He's supposedly seen the show dozens of times, always as a paying customer.
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    • "Dear Theodosia (Reprise)", in which Aaron Burr must tell his daughter that her mother, his wife, has passed away.
    • "Congratulations", a song for Angelica right before "Burn", calling Alexander out for the dumb choices he's made. One section ("I know my sister like I know my own mind...") was inserted into "The Reynolds Pamphlet" when it was removed.
    • There was also a rap in which Hamilton gave John Adams a "Reason You Suck" Speech. The line "Sit down John, you fat motherfuckstick" made it into "The Adams Administration". Listen to it here.
    • "One Last Ride", a song in which Washington puts down the Whiskey Rebellion before retiring from office. It was reworked into "One Last Time" which had Washington convincing Hamilton help him write his farewell address.
    • The Dark Reprise of "The Story of Tonight" was left off the cast album, mostly because the scene is almost entirely spoken instead of sung or rapped, but also to leave something for the stage show.
    • "Diplomacy Happens at Night" was to be a song for Benjamin Franklin, who ended up being cut entirely from the show. His role was cut early on in the show's devlopment, but Miranda finished writing the song anyway, joking that they'll add it back in after his death. How does he write like he's running out of time? The song was retooled as "Ben Franklin's Song" and performed by The Decemberists, being the first of The Hamildrops to be released.
    • The song is still present, but "Schuyler Defeated" was much longer at first, with Eliza having a greater reaction to Burr usurping her father's Senate seat and rushing to the chamber (with Phillip in tow) to keep Alexander from losing his cool. This would have been Burr and Eliza's only direct interaction in the play, and Burr also alludes to his wife Theodosia's illness.
  • Dawson Casting: In the original Broadway production, Anthony Ramos plays Hamilton's son Phillip at both 19 and 9 years of age.
  • Defictionalization: Of a sort. After describing Washington in the casting notice as "John Legend meets Mufasa," Legend himself covered "History Has Its Eyes on You" for The Hamilton Mixtape. note  Similarly, Eliza's casting description is "Alicia Keys meets Elphaba." Keys performed Eliza's song "That Would Be Enough" on the Mixtape.
  • Development Hell: Miranda has noted that for a while he was managing to write only one song for the show each year. It took seven years to complete.
  • Fan Community Nicknames: "Hamilton Trash", which is usually shortened to "Hamiltrash", or rephrased to "the trash of the thing", as LMM once put it. They're also called "Hamilfans."
  • Fan Nickname:
    • Not a fan-invented nickname, but it's relatively common in the fandom to just refer to Alexander Hamilton as just "Alex," "Hams" or "Hammie" (Or, thanks to his Passive-Aggressive Kombat in "Your Obedient Servant", "A.Ham".)
    • Peggy Schuyler is often referred to as "AND PEGGY!" thanks to the meme around that line.
    • Human Disaster Aaron Burr.
    • Thomas Jefferson is sometimes semi-affectionately referred to as "T-Jeffs", either for the sake of brevity or because Thomas Jefferson would probably hate that. James Madison is similarly referred to as "J-Mads".
      • And the significantly less affectionate, "Thomas Jefferson: America's Original Fuckboy".
    • Hamilton, Laurens, Lafayette and Mulligan are referred to as "The Hamilsquad".
    • The cast album is often called "Hamiltunes" by fans and Lin alike.
    • The companion book is officially the Hamiltome.
    • "Smol Philip" for nine-year-old Philip Hamilton, particularly in fan art and videos.
    • In some circles, the show itself is jokingly referred to as Epic Rap Battles of History - The Musical.
  • It's a Small World After All: As it turns out, Eliza also established the first school in Washington Heights, the setting of Lin-Manuel Miranda's other play, In the Heights.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Happens during 'You'll be Back' on the soundtrack, when Jonathan Groff slips back into his American accent a few times ("You'll be the one complaining when I am gone...")
  • Reality Subtext: Not quite intentional, but Javier Munoz's turn as Hamilton (as Lin's alternate and eventual replacement) is almost certainly colored by the fact that he is HIV+ and had cancer during the first year of the show. "I imagine death so much it feels more like a memory" indeed.
  • Star-Making Role: For Lin-Manuel Miranda, who went on to become a regular working actor in film and television and a key player in various Disney projects.
  • Those Two Actors: Christopher Jackson and Javier Munoz also starred in Lin-Manuel Miranda's other Broadway hit In the Heights, along with Miranda himself.
  • Too Soon: Invoked at the Tony Awards. The performance of "Yorktown" normally has the backup dancers holding rifles to represent the battle, but these were omitted when the song was performed at the Tonys due to the ceremony happening just one night after the Orlando shooting. A sensible gesture given the circumstances.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Before deciding on Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda considered writing a musical on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War, based on Doris Kearns Goodwin's Team of Rivals. However, he decided against it after Steven Spielberg's Lincoln went into production first.
    • Lin-Manuel Miranda original conceived the show as a Concept Album. If his 2010 White House performance of the first number is any indication, the first number was originally only sung by Aaron Burr.
    • Hamilton's line "How could I do this?" in "Say No to This" was originally "How could you do this?", until Miranda realized that his recognizing his own guilt was the only way he could retain any sympathy.
    • John Laurens, in-universe and in history. Lin-Manuel Miranda has stated in the libretto that he considers Laurens' potential to be the greatest 'what if' in American history—as Laurens was (possibly/probably) gay, an ardent and outspoken abolitionist, and a favorite of Washington's not unlike Lafayette and Hamilton himself. Lin goes on to state that he has no doubt that Laurens and Hamilton together could have accomplished so much more had Laurens' life not been cut short.
    • Leslie Odom Jr. was contracted by NBC in late 2013 to play "Lucas Newsome" in the NBC show State of Affairs. To take part in the workshops for "Hamilton," though, he had to ask to be released from his contract to do so. (He admitted once he saw the script, he wanted to join in.) If they hadn't released him, he might not have won the 2016 Tony for Best Actor in a Musical because he'd have been stuck on a show that only lasted part of the 2014-2015 season.
      • Fortunately, Robert Greenblatt, the chairman of NBC Entertainment, did so with his okay, as he was also a theater fan himself (and a producer who later invested in "Hamilton" as well).
  • Word of Gay: Sort of. Miranda has mentioned Hamilton's bisexuality a couple times on twitter and confirmed there are intentional "nods" to it in the show. He openly speculates about the possibility in one of the footnotes in Hamilton: The Revolution, pointing out that the notoriously outspoken Hamilton, whose pages and pages of writing about every subject he felt even a little strongly about are a major theme of the show, wrote almost nothing about John Laurens' death, and that the silence itself is profound.

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