This is an incredible show as well, but here is a perfect example of social media influencing Broadway. I have kids coming up to me — six, seven years old — who say, “You know, I know the whole score of Hamilton.”
“Really? Have you seen it?” “No, I just downloaded it.”
This is a perfect example of not only a great show but a great score. The music is downloaded all over the world. I learned more with this show than I did in school about history. I also talk to teachers and say, “If you haven’t seen Hamilton, try to make a point of it because it’s a different way of learning.”
I come from a family that made us go see the arts as little kids because they felt it would make us more rounded. We saw everything from Cats to Fiddler on the Roof to Rent. Paying it forward, I got to take my own kids to see Hamilton. For me, it was far more of a reconnection to my family history, I think, than the obvious — that it’s an incredible performance and interesting and revolutionary way of telling a story.
That was my kids’ first big Broadway show that they saw. They never saw Rent. They never saw Stomp. They never saw the precursors to this way of telling a story, so it was fun to have that family connection and watch their minds get blown the way my mind was blown the first time I saw Rent or Stomp.