‘Hamilton’ holds timely lesson, Clinton says

July 13, 2016

Actor Lin-Manuel Miranda smiles at U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton after introducing her at the end of a special performance of the broadway musical “Hamilton” in, Manhattan, New York, U.S., July 12, 2016. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

Hillary Clinton’s remarks after “Hamilton” were brief. Perhaps that’s for the best; the power of the show is a hard act to follow.

The musical, about the life of Alexander Hamilton, is the hardest ticket  to get on Broadway now, with resellers charging hundreds of dollars for a single ticket. On Tuesday the show was also the site, at a special showing, of a fundraiser for the presumptive Democratic nominee for the presidency.

“There are lessons for us in this moment,” Clinton said. “It really is true that it matters whose stories are told and heard. And this powerful depiction of an immigrant’s story being told should remind all of us how many tens of millions of stories in our country deserve to be told and heard.”

Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator and former star of the show, explicitly compared the November 8 general election, in which Clinton is likely to face off against Republican businessman Donald Trump, to his show.

“This November, the difference could not be more stark,” he said, asking the audience whether voters would opt for the person “who’s channeling your fears” or for the candidate building on hopes – and then introduced Clinton to a standing ovation among a theater packed with donors and supporters.

Clinton arrived at the theater after receiving, in New Hampshire, the endorsement of her erstwhile rival for the Democratic nomination Bernie Sanders, a significant boost as she looks to consolidate support within her own party.

Trump has drawn accusations of racism and misogyny, calling Mexican immigrants rapists and drug dealers, proposing a ban on Muslim immigration and retweeting notorious white supremacists.

But Clinton has had to deal with her own problems, including a scandal over the use of a private email server while she served as secretary of state. The two political parties have their conventions later this month, when their nominees will be formally chosen.

“As (George) Washington tells us (in the show), history’s eyes are on us,” Clinton said.

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