Hamilton: An American Musical is a sung-through musical depicting the story of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. Written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the show features music from a vast array of genres such as hip hop, R&B, soul, pop and traditional-style show tunes. The show also casts non-white actors as the Founding Fathers and other historical figures as a representation of modern-day America's ethnic and cultural diversity.
The show opened off-Broadway in February of 2015 and quickly sold out its several-month engagement. The show then transferred to Broadway's Richard Rogers Theatre, opening on August 6th, 2015. The show launched interest in Broadway and musical theatre as a whole to young audiences, also garnering critical acclaim. The show was nominated for a total of 16 Tony Awards, winning 11.
History with the Macy's Parade
Hamilton made its Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade debut in 2020 as one of four Broadway shows performing for the television-only event. The musical number was pre-recorded outside of the show's home, the Richard Rogers Theatre, in mid-November 2020.
The cast and company of the show performed "The Schuyler Sisters". When asked why the song was chosen, Krystal Joy Brown, who played Eliza Schuyler in the number, said "we wanted to remind everyone that New York is still the greatest city in the world", as a reference to the song's lyrics of calling New York City "the greatest city in the world".