Rethinking The Revolutions of Hamilton
Friday, January 18, 2019 - 9:30am
Join the Franklin Humanities Institute for its new Friday morning series, tgiFHI! tgiFHI gives Duke faculty in the humanities, interpretative social sciences and arts the opportunity to present on their current research to interlocutors in their fields. A light breakfast will be served at 9am. About the presentation: Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton was hailed as a revolutionary show that changed not only musical theatre but American culture. But what is meant by this claim? This talk juxtaposes Show Boat and Hamilton to explore the revolutions of Hamilton, revealing how its formal structure grapples with a longstanding anxiety in musical theatre and produces a very different kind of revolution than we might have thought. About the presenter: Bradley Rogers is Assistant Professor of Theater Studies and Director of the Duke in London Drama program. His work focuses on musical theatre and on performance theory, with research interests in the relationship between theater, film, and new media; gender and sexuality; the relationships between visuality and aurality; and American theatre and performance.