Douglas Hamilton, a fifth-great grandson of the man sometimes called the architect of the American banking system, has seen the show twice, the first time at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., when there were just half the songs there are now, and again on Aug. 6, its Broadway opening night, after a sold-out run off-Broadway at the Public Theater in the East Village.
“I will tell you that we are elated over the musical, the history, the way it was put together,” said Hamilton, who lives in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio, where he works for IBM. “I’ve talked to Lin-Manuel Miranda, and I think he’s a great guy and has done something wonderful by — and I’m stealing Ron Chernow’s words — by shining the spotlight back on the founding fathers of this country.”
Doug Hamilton and Antonio Burr are by no means the rivals their forefathers were, but they did take up replicated arms against one another as the two principals in a highly publicized re-enactment of the duel 12 years ago on its 200 anniversary, staged in Weehawken near the spot of the original.
With members of both families and more than 1,000 spectators looking on, once again a Hamilton fired into the air while a Burr took direct aim and felled his opponent.