The Broadway cast of Hamilton (Joan Marcus, courtesy Sam Rudy PR)
Today, January 11, is #AlexanderHamiltonDay: A very happy 264th birthday to Alexander Hamilton! Thanks to this most unlikely of Founding Fathers—a brilliant and ballsy orphaned immigrant who dramatically rose, then fell, then rose again—we have possibly the most successful musical of all time. We also, of course, got priceless GIFs such as this one:
*When your crush walks over and you're trying to act natural but your friends are all like*
Aaaaaaaaaaanyway, while we can't get you "in the room where it happens" with tickets to the show's current Broadway, touring, or Puerto Rico productions—the last of which opens tonight!—we CAN offer up some fun ways to fête A.Ham's day of birth. Just you wait:
(L to R) Daveed Diggs as the Marquis de Lafayette and Lin-Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hamilton
Think you've got a "top-notch brain" where LMM's masterwork is concerned? Prove it, via this pop quiz from PBS.
Brush Up on the Choreo!
Join Tony-winning choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler and OBC dance captain/associate choreographer Stephanie Klemons as they break down about 15 seconds of moves from the show—and just try "not to cry because there's nothing that his mind can't dOoooOoo." (Had to. Sorry.)
Switch Up Your Improv Music!
screenshot via Spotify
LMM (who IS the reincarnation of Alexander Hamilton, ICYMI) made this playlist. It's eclectic and inspiring and sure to make your improv "Non-Stop."
Watch Broadway's Continental Army Werk It!
Yes, we did save the best for last. Please enjoy fascinating interviews with and jaw-dropping improv from the squad to end all squads, the amazing dancers of the Hamilton original Broadway cast. We have a feeling the OG A.Ham would be so, so proud of these "young, scrappy, and hungry" artists.
School of American Ballet students (Rosalie O'Connor, courtesy SAB)
Do you have a "Strictly Ballet"–sized hole in your heart? Good news: The upcoming docuseries "On Pointe" just might fill it.
The School of American Ballet is teaming up with Imagine Documentaries and DCTV for the project. Though it's not yet clear where "On Pointe" will air, we do know that it'll follow talented SAB students preparing for professional ballet careers—much as Teen Vogue's popular "Strictly Ballet" web series did back in the day. But "On Pointe" marks the first time documentary filmmakers have been allowed access to the school, and it sounds like it'll paint an even more complete picture of the dancers' lives inside and outside the studio.
Choreographer Bob Fosse's signature style—with its jazz hands, inverted knees, and slouched shoulders—is still a huge influence in the dance world (and, thanks to the gloriously dancyFX series "Fosse/Verdon," the TV world). But while you know to expect plenty of Fosse-isms during a stage performance of Chicago or Sweet Charity, Fosse's legacy has also seeped into pop music culture, inspiring the likes of Beyoncé and Lady Gaga. Here are just six of the many music videos that reference Fosse's iconic works.
Gabrielle Hamilton in John Heginbotham's dream ballet from Oklahoma! Photo by Little Fang Photo, courtesy DKC/O&M
Last night, longtime theater legends (including Chita Rivera herself!) as well as rising stars gathered to celebrate one of Broadway's danciest events: the third annual Chita Rivera Awards.
The evening paid tribute to this season's dancer standouts, extraordinary ensembles, and jaw-dropping choreography—on- and off-Broadway and on film.
As usual, several Dance Spirit faves made it into the mix. (With such a fabulous talent pool of nominees to choose from, we're glad that ties were allowed.) Here are the highlights from the winner's list: