By Gordon Cox
On the 212th anniversary of Hamilton’s death, the playwright has come to this place, situated among the skyscrapers in Manhattan’s financial district, to commemorate the American founding father who inspired his Tony-winning, smash-hit, Broadway musical.
Three nights earlier, on July 9, he chopped off his signature black, shoulder- length locks minutes after the last curtain came down on his final of 375 Broadway performances. On that night, scalpers (no pun intended) asked upward of $10,000 a ticket for the last chance to see the pop-culture sensation with the man who created, composed, and starred in it.
Not since Carrie Bradshaw knocked on the window of Mr. Big’s town car in “Sex and the City” has a New York story made such a monstrous cultural splash. “Hamilton,” which opened on Broadway in August 2015, not only accomplished the seemingly impossible task of making musical theater hip again, but it also lifted Broadway into the cultural conversation of celebrities, politicians, and academics around the country — and changed the temperature on 46th Street.