When Hamilton debuted on Broadway in March, I knew it was a hit.
That’s because it is the only musical in which the lead roles are played by people of color.
And since then, Hamilton has become the first musical to be nominated for four Emmys, the first to win two Emmys in a row, and the first since the musical The Color Purple won an Academy Award for Best Musical.
But how can you tell whether Hamilton is a success?
For starters, you need the context.
Hamilton is not the first Broadway musical to include diverse casts, and it’s not even the first time that a musical has included a diverse cast.
The Harlem Musical, based on the life of one of the city’s greatest jazz musicians, won three Emmys and two Oscars in 1984.
But it wasn’t until 1991, when The Color Blues won an Oscar for Best Actor for Louis Armstrong, that the show’s cast was truly diverse.
The show’s producers went on to introduce the musical to the world, and in 1992, it won its second Academy Award, for Best Ensemble Performance for Laurence Olivier and the New York Philharmonic.
In 2017, Hamilton received a Golden Globe for Best Revival of a Musical.
The Broadway musicals of 2017 are just the latest examples of shows that have embraced a diverse range of talent.
For instance, the 2017 season of Hamilton featured a diverse group of actors including Dwayne Johnson, Miranda Lambert, John Legend, Leslie Odom Jr., and Lena Waithe.
It also included a large ensemble cast, including Downton Abbey’s Maggie Smith and David Harbour.
All of these diverse actors and singers have worked together in a wide range of roles, from playing Hamilton’s friends on the show to voicing his characters on stage.
And with Hamilton’s success, Broadway is increasingly embracing the idea that the Broadway world is an inclusive place, with actors of different races, gender, sexuality, and class.
The 2016 Tony Awards show honored the diverse talent on Broadway, but its biggest highlight was its tribute to one of Hamilton’s most diverse characters, Jane Eyre, who was nominated for Best Supporting Actress.
That honor came after a series of conversations between the cast and producer David Greenwalt, who led the production from the start and shared with the audience how he and Hamilton had worked together to create a world in which they all felt comfortable.
Hamilton isn’t the only Broadway show to embrace diverse casting.
Broadway also has the best performing ensemble of any stage musical in the country, and there are many others that have celebrated diverse talent.
The 2015 Tony Awards were so successful that the Tony Awards committee asked all performers to sign a letter in which performers identified their backgrounds and how that affected their performances.
In the 2016 season of The Book of Mormon, for instance, Sarah Michelle Gellar, who plays the titular Mormon prophet, spoke about her mother’s background in India and how her mother played a key role in her family’s early lives.
When I was growing up in the late ’90s, my mother’s family moved to the United States from India and became part of my family.
I had my mom play the role of a missionary and, because I was very little, was called “Bibi.”
That was really important to me, because she would tell stories of my grandparents and my great-grandparents.
I have a lot of stories that I have to tell, and I have so much faith in the faith of my people, and when I see my mother play the part of Bibi, I get that in my heart, too.
When we first met, we were just getting to know each other, and we were talking about things that we both had in common.
I wanted to know more about her background, and she told me all of her stories, and then she told her own.
I said, “Oh, okay.
That sounds amazing,” and I said to her, “I’ll keep you up to date.”
It’s not just about diversity in the audience.
The majority of the performances on Broadway are made by white actors, and while we don’t necessarily have to look at diversity in terms of the talent, we can look at it as a positive.
I think the diversity of the cast has also played a huge part in how audiences have viewed the show.
I can remember one time I was at a theater and someone was asking, “So, are you a black person?”
And I was like, “Uh, no, I’m a white person.
I’m not going to go in there to play a black character.”
I didn’t know who it was.
But they were like, I guess we have to respect that.
They are like, what’s up with that?
But they’re also like, the fact that you are a white actor is a little bit weird.
I love that!
I love when people are like that.