Harvard VeriTones to bring Hamilton to Our Stage
Hamilton, the mega-buzzy musical about Alexander Hamilton and the founding fathers, opened to glowing accolades unlike any in memory. It received 11 Tony Awards, including best musical, and 16 Tony nominations, the most nominations in Broadway history.
It’s one of the most talked about Broadway shows since “The Book of Mormon” in 2011. Why? It’s revolutionary in a number of ways. First off, its songs contain allusions to and rhythms borrowed from hip-hop and R&B — genres that remain mostly foreign to the musical theater tradition. This musical outreach to non-Broadway fans, in combination with its mostly minority cast, has put Hamilton in contention to redefine what an American musical can look and sound like.
Are you a musical fan who can’t make it to the show in person? Fear not! The Veritones, the premier contemporary co-ed a cappella group from Harvard College, will be performing selections from Hamilton on our stage this weekend!
Hamilton isn’t just a theatrical landmark. It’s a show that jolts our thinking about popular culture and casts new light on some of the most storied events in American history. This mostly factual period drama has exemplified the boundless possibilities of musical theatre. Lin-Manuel Miranda believes everything personal is political, and his masterpiece reflects this belief in the historical narrative, with a cast of mostly black and Latino actors and a score steeped in hip-hop.
The Harvard Veritones are known for the originality of their student-composed arrangements, their poise and stage presence, and the traditions that bring the tight-knit group together. Most recently, the Veritones were the only Harvard a cappella group to advance to the 2016 ICCA Semifinals, sweeping the awards for Best Soloist, Best Choreography, and Best Vocal Percussion, as well as taking 1st Place in ICCA Quarterfinals.
Above all, the Veritones are an assorted group of Harvard students brought together by their immense passion for music and their commitment to pursuing a cappella excellence. They’re looking forward to sharing a selection of songs from Hamilton with you this weekend!