One of Broadway's newest musicals celebrated its opening night on Thursday (Aug. 6) at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in Times Square. "Hamilton" is both an original and unique take on the Founding Fathers of America and all that went down back in the 18th century. The musical was inspired by Ron Chernow's 2004 biography "Alexander Hamilton."
Opening night at Hamilton
For starters, there are many more people of color than in typical Broadway plays — which is ironic, since some of them are playing the roles of Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Aaron Burr, James Madison, who were all white guys.
Another aspect that makes this show stand out from the rest is a lot of the music is actually rapped. Overall, the musical has a very hip-hop/R&B vibe to it, which certainly isn't the case with long-running musicals such as, "Les Misérables" and "Wicked."
The man behind the magic: Lin-Manuel Miranda stands with the rest of the creative team at the opening night of Hamilton.
Here is just a handful of celebs who showed up for a dazzling night of theater.
"Orange Is the New Black" star Laverne Cox
Questlove from The Roots
Samuel L. Jackson also attended, sharing this photo on Instagram
The caption reads, "Hip Hop History!! Don't Sleep on this!!" We couldn't agree with you more, Samuel.