Hamilton: An American Musical debuted on Broadway in August 2015, effectively changing the landscape of Broadway forever. The show, which centers on Alexander Hamilton, is told (almost) entirely through rap. Hamilton was nominated for a record-setting 16 Tony Awards, winning 11, including Best Musical, and was also the recipient of the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album and the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The most surprising thing to come out of Hamilton’s success is the rabid fanbase that erupted practically overnight.
Twitter has become one of the most popular places for fans to discuss their feelings and thoughts about the show, in part thanks to the creator, Lin Manuel-Miranda’s active twitter page.
Fans are able to interact with not only Miranda but, most of the cast and ensemble through their pages as well. This leads to interaction on a variety of topics from specific Hamilton related questions to questions about makeup recommendations as well as very serious conversations with Miranda about his son’s favorite children’s TV show Chugginton. Miranda also makes an effort to post uplifting good morning and good night messages to his 755 thousand followers most days.
However, due to the somewhat instantaneous nature of twitter along with the illusion of just talking to a friend some fans have had issues drawing the line when they have a chance to be ‘in the room where it happens’.
Due to this issue, Hamilton has started to employ more security guards outside of the stage door to make sure the actors are able to come and go freely and safely.
Despite the few fans that have issues discerning Internet interaction with real interaction, Twitter has made Hamilton more accessible for the millions of fans that currently can’t afford tickets to see it in person.