According to a report by The New York Times, actor and Tony winning composer and lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda will present his new show, The Hamilton Mixtape, at Vassar College’s Powerhouse Theater this season, which runs June 21 to July 28, 2013.
The Hamilton Mixtape is a hip-hop song cycle about the life and death of Alexander Hamilton and showcases a fusion of Miranda’s signature Latin, hip-hop and classic Broadway styles.
Miranda’s musical In The Heights received four 2008 Tony Awards (including Best Orchestrations, Best Choreography and Best Musical), with Miranda receiving a Tony Award for Best Score, as well as a nomination for Best Leading Actor in a Musical. Additionally, In The Heights also took home a 2009 Grammy Award for its Original Broadway Cast Album, and was also recognized as a Finalist for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in Drama.
Miranda is the recipient of the 2007 ASCAP Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award. The actor’s TV and film credits include The Electric Company, Sesame Street, The Sopranos, House, Modern Family, The Sex and the City Movie and The Odd Life of Timothy Green.
The back story to this is that Hamilton had been accused of wanting to overthrow the Congress by force. He traced the source of the rumor to Reverend William Gordon. When Hamilton demanded he divulge the name of his informant as proof, Gordon refused unless he would promise not to meet him on the dueling field. Then he proceeded to patronize Hamilton (“I am convinced you will think with me, when you have been more conversant with the world and read mankind more.”) which insured Hamilton would never promise not to duel him. So Gordon instead appealed to General Washington directly:
“The last week I was designing to send You a friendly letter, without introducing into it any of my own concerns: but Col. Henly calling upon me on the saturday afternoon, with a most extraordinary letter from Col. Hamilton hath reduced me to the necessity of altering my plan. In some stations moral character is of little importance, but mine is next to All; & like female honour must be defended at all adventures. I have submitted to the trouble of transcribing all that hath passed between the Colonel & myself, which I shall enclose. I must make some remarks upon his last letter, but shall not be bitter in my expressions, as I would not add to the pain, I apprehend, your Excellency will feel upon the perusal of it. If in the body of the letter he alludes to any matters I have said or wrote, with a view of informing gentlemen, in particular departments, of facts or reports that they should not be strangers to, he shews himself to have been unworthy of that confidence, which was put in him when entrusted therewith.”
- Reverend William Gordon to George Washington, March 1, 1780
Washington told Gordon to produce evidence for a court-martial or back down:
“While I must ascribe it to your politeness, I regret that the consideration of Colo. Hamilton’s being a member of my family should have been a motive for bringing so disagreeable a business before me. The Gentlemen attached to me are upon the same footing with the other officers of the Army, and equally responsible for their conduct. You will pursue such a mode in the present case as you deem most effectual, but if you should think proper to exhibit any charge against Colo. Hamilton cognizable by a military tribunal, you have only to signify your wish and the time you will be able to produce your witness, and I shall proceed in it accordingly.”
- George Washington to William Gordon, May 3, 1780
Gordon produced no evidence or witness, so the matter disappeared.