Hamilton is becoming a generation-defining musical, like Rent, Hair, and others before it. This panel brings together experts in cultural criticism, ethnomusicology, theater practice, and arts administration to discuss the current and likely future impact of Hamilton's success upon American theater. Panelists will discuss the multifaceted financial success of Hamilton and the complicated politics of this success, and the show's relationship to ongoing activism regarding racialized representation and casting practices on Broadway and beyond. They will interrogate the musical's content and structure, narrative and style to understand the extent to which Hamilton functions as a disruptive production versus being a natural extension of the aesthetic, cultural, and structural practices of American (musical) theater. Ultimately, panelists will grapple with this question: does Hamilton turn the American theatrical landscape upside down or does it not?

Moderator: Brandi Catanese (UCB, Theater, Dance and Performance Studies)


T. Carlis Roberts (UCB, Music)

Scott Saul (UCB, English)

Meiyin Wang (Director and Producer,  Director of La Jolla Playhouse's WOW Festival)

This event is free and open to all on a first-come, first seated basis. A reception with light refreshments will follow. 

Monday, October 2, 2017 - 16:00
Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall