The Room Where It Happens
  • Jefferson: I arranged the menu, the venue, the seating.
  • Hamilton: we're eating mac n' cheese at your house and Madison is sitting in your lap.
  • Jefferson: i ARranGeD tHe MeNU thE VenUe tHe SeaTiNG
  • Hamilton: Do you ever get the feeling that everybody you've ever met in your life is just the same 4 or 5 people over and over again?
  • Jefferson: Um...
  • Madison: Well...
  • Phillip:
  • Maria Reynolds: I have no idea...
  • *all rapidly change clothes and hairstyles*
  • Lafayette, Laurens, Mulligan, and Peggy: ...what you're talking about!
  • Hamilton: *blinks rapidly*
  • Hamilton:
  • Lafayette:
  • Laurens:
  • Mulligan:
  • Peggy: *kicks lingerie behind pole*
  • Hamilton: ...yeah me neither.
psa: the hamilton characters are not the ones from history

the hamilton characters are the combination of the actor’s appearance, the viewer’s interpretation, and the subtle historic references in the musical. they are characters open to whomever’s interpretation, and are flexible beings that have base features. historic context does not need to be applied, though it can be.
we are not idolizing historic figures.
they were terrible people. we know that the real thomas jefferson, james madison, and george washington owned slaves. we know that alexander hamilton cheated on his wife and wasn’t very sorry about it.
in the musical, there are historical inaccuracies that build up the plot, they’re not the same character. philip hamilton didn’t die because his opponent shot him at seven, the election of 1800 was before his death, and eliza had already forgiven alexander before it even happened. we are idolizing a character.

this applies to ships.

Não importa o quanto você queira, algumas coisas nunca voltam a ser como antes. A culpa não é minha, sua ou de ninguém. As pessoas simplesmente mudam, se moldam e nem sempre suas novas formas se encaixam novamente com as nossas e tudo bem porque, as vezes, é só a hora de seguir em frente.
—  Madison, 1998.
  • Jefferson: We all know I can't spend as much money on ads as my opponent, but I printed out 10,000 "Don't" stickers and 10,000 question mark stickers.
  • Madison: Why don't you just put the "Don't" in front of "Elect Burr"?
  • Jefferson: (looking at a sign that says "Elect Burr? DON'T")
  • Jefferson: Yep, that's a much better idea.
  • Hamilton: Can I have these question mark stickers?
  • Jefferson: Why?
  • Hamilton: (running out of the room) I want to put them on stop signs!
  • Jefferson: Alex, no!