What Alexander Hamilton taught the creator of ‘Hamilton’ about money.
Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of “Hamilton,” sees a direct connection between his finances and healing the political divisions in America. The 37-year-old Pulitzer Prize-winning author and actor said one of the greatest lessons he learned about money came from writing about one of the founding fathers of the U.S. “In writing about Alexander Hamilton, I had to learn a great deal about the birth of our financial system,” he told Morgan Stanley in an interview this month. “He intuitively understood that if the states are tied together financially, we begin to transcend our colonial mindset and thinking of ourselves as one nation. I’d never thought of money as a unifying or stabilizing force prior to telling his story.”
Miranda saw the deep political divisions first hand when then-Vice-President-elect Mike Pence was booed by audience members when he attended “Hamilton” last November. After that performance, Brandon Victor Dixon, who played Vice President Aaron Burr in the show, told the crowd that there was nothing to boo. He then read a short statement. “We, sir, we are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents, or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights, sir. But we truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf all of us.”