Hamilton

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Merry Renn Vaughan talks with KUMD host Chris Harwood about historical plays – not those that have made history, but rather those that represent historical events.  Whether the narrative is reworded creatively, like the popular musical Hamilton, or tied more explicitly to the actual words of the historical figures, like the 1959 play The Diary of Anne Frank, these histories remain relevant to modern times.

Chris Harwood talks with Merry Renn Vaughan, the director of the theatre program at the College of St. Scholastica, about Hamilton: An American Musical. With a hip hop score and a cast reflecting a broad palate of American ethnicities, Hamilton has stuck a chord with its broad, multigenerational fan base.  

Radio Theatre is supported in part by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

We talk with Rebecca Katz Harwood, Associate Professor in the UMD Department of Theatre about adaptation, transforming a story originally in another form into a play or film.  Citing several recent Broadway musical adaptations - Hamilton, Mary Poppins, The Producers, and The Lion King, to name a few - we explore whether adaptations can or should remain true to the original source, and ways that an adaptation may enhance or even shed new light onto the original material.