Anyway, in this musical, all the leading characters (other than King George III, played by national treasure Jonathan Groff), are played by people of color. This is a really important casting decision due to the extreme racism at the time towards people of any ethnicity besides white Europeans. Slavery was also prevalent at that time; many of the founding fathers (*cough cough* Thomas Jefferson) owned slaves. Alexander Hamilton is played by Lin-Manuel Miranda (aka the god of hip-hop musical theatre), who also wrote the book and score of the musical (he's non-stop!). Thomas Jefferson/Marquis de Lafayette are played by Daveed Diggs, an extremely talented rap artist. James Madison/Hercules Mulligan are played by Okieriete Onaodowan. George Washington is played by Chris Jackson, an Emmy Award-winning actor. And all three Schuyler sisters are also played by women of color: Angelica Schuyler is played by Renée Elise Goldsberry, Eliza Schuyler Hamilton is played by Phillipa Soo, and Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds is played by Jasmine Cephas-Jones.
Women don't rap as much as the men in Hamilton (not sure why, as they totally could), but Angelica Schuyler has this kickass rap in the song titled: "The Schuyler Sisters", which talks about how Thomas Jefferson should've included women in the Declaration of Independence. "We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal. Well, when I meet Thomas Jefferson, I'ma compel him to include women in the sequel." #yasssgirl
Hamilton ends with Eliza Schuyler Hamilton talking about her achievements after her husband died. She interviewed basically everyone who knew Alexander Hamilton and most of what we know today about him is because of her. She also founded New York's first private orphanage: The New York Orphan Asylum Society, which still exists today as Graham Windham. (Alexander Hamilton was an orphan, and this was a way of preserving his memory and giving opportunities to other children like him).
It's incredible to see history rewritten as race and gender inclusive, as that wasn't the case for most of America's history.
Basically, ya gotta go see Hamilton. Do not throw away your shot to see this amazing show!!!