Hamilton (musical)

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Name: Hamilton
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Creator: Lin-Manuel Miranda
Date(s): 2013 -
Medium: Musical
Country of Origin: US
External Links: Hamilton Broadway official site, Wikipedia:Hamilton (the musical)
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Hamilton is a Broadway musical about Alexander Hamilton and the early days of the United States of America. The creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, also starred as the titular character. It contains rap and Broadway-style singing and dancing, and racebending which deliberately casts people of color in the major roles.

The creator and actors are very active on social media and are responsive and positive to their fandom.

Hamilton Fandom

On Archive Of Our Own

The show Hamilton is, in many ways, itself an RPF fanwork, following a tradition of Historical RPF written many years after the characters died.

The AO3 tag is Hamilton - Miranda.

The most frequent relationships on AO3 are mostly slash:

  • Alexander Hamilton/John Laurens (1901)
  • Alexander Hamilton/Elizabeth "Eliza" Schuyler (974)
  • Aaron Burr/Alexander Hamilton (475)
  • Thomas Jefferson/James Madison (417)
  • Gilbert du Motier Marquis de Lafayette/Hercules Mulligan (326)
  • Alexander Hamilton/Angelica Schuyler was popular in the early days of fandom but is now one of the less-shipped pairings with only 106 works on the AO3.

RPF fanfiction of the main performers is also present, featuring lead performer and creator Lin-Manuel Miranda in more than half of the 401 fics written as of 17 September, 2016.

It was by far the most popular fandom in Yuletide 2015, with 57 works in the main collection.

Hamilton's popularity continued to steadily expand in 2016, probably helped along by its televised performance and win at the February 2016 Grammy Awards, and later its televised performances and several wins at the June 2016 Tony Awards. As of November 15, 2015 there were 138 works in the AO3 tag, by December 26, 2015 there were 715 works, and as of August 29, 2016 there are 5,299 works in the tag.

On Tumblr, Twitter, and Ham4Ham

The show runs a "Hamilton for a Hamilton" digital lottery, a daily chance to win a front-row ticket for only $10, the bill with the real Hamilton's face on it. As a reward to the many, many people who stand in line waiting for the lottery, Lin-Manuel Miranda and the rest of the cast (with frequent guest stars), created short daily (or nearly daily) performances outside the theater called #Ham4Ham. This show is generally recorded and uploaded to the show's YouTube channel. The performances are wide ranging in style and content, and often take the form of mashups. These videos quickly became a phenomenon--a wellspring of larger community building, and an inspiration for fan memes. When the weather turned too cold, Lin recorded #Ham4Ham elsewhere (indoors) twice a week and uploaded the video to YouTube on time for the lottery. The live shows ran again briefly in summer 2016, but currently all #Ham4Hams are digital weekly.

One of the most popular Hamilton related mashup memes on Tumblr and Twitter is force4ham. Star Wars characters are paired in screencaps, gifs, and videos with the lyrics and music of the show. potter4ham is also showing up, and there are a few trek4ham posts as well. (Rogue One edit featuring "The Story Of Tonight" lyrics; Arrow gifset featuring lyrics from "It's Quiet Uptown").

A lot of Hamilton fanart is also posted to Tumblr, which Lin-Manuel not infrequently reblogs.

Music

Its nature as a musical has lent itself to many fanvideos or fancovers of its work, which can be found on Youtube. These can be animatics, animated art set to the music, or direct covers or medleys of the songs.

Fanworks

Zines

Additional Reading/Resources