This Week's Recommendations for Older Viewers
Hamilton, directed by Thomas Kail (2020)
Recommended by Grades 6+
Available to stream on Disney+
Does Hamilton need an introduction? Since premiering on the stage in 2015, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical has become a smash hit, a critical darling, and a cultural touchstone. When the filmed original cast performance was put on Disney+ earlier this year, it was a great reminder that American history should be constantly re-evaluated and re-contextualized. Young viewers will be entranced by the music and choreography, and hopefully find something in the story to spark their historical curiosity.
- What do you already know about Alexander Hamilton?
- What do you find out about Alexander Hamilton that you didn’t know before? What do you want to do more research on?
- How does the music and choreography help you understand the history in a different way than primary (or other secondary) sources?
- How does the diversity of the cast represent the thesis of the story and production?
- Why are we so attracted to the biographies of historical figures? How do personal stories help our understanding of history? How do they hurt our understanding of history?
- How does this story reflect the time it was made?
- In what other ways would you like to see history re-imagined?
Library of Congress’s Citizen DJ
Recommended for Older Teens and Adults
Hamilton: History Has Its Eyes on You (2020), Available to stream on Disney+
Hamilton: Original Broadway Cast Recording (2015), Available to stream on Spotify