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Hamilton – The Broadway Phenomenon’s Real-World Impact

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Hamilton
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Former fashion designer Asha Pabla worked with Liz Claiborne in New York before transitioning into leadership roles with nonprofit organizations. Outside of her work with charities like American India Foundation, Asha Pabla enjoys attending theatrical performances in New York. Her recent favorites include Kinky Boots and Hamilton.

Hamilton, the wildly popular hip-hop musical about America’s founding fathers, has made big waves in the world of theater since its 2015 debut. It won 11 Tony Awards, earned a Pulitzer Prize, and sold out for the entire first run. Hamilton’s influence has spread from the theater to the rest of American culture in some truly unexpected ways.

After a popular push to include an American woman on the face of U.S. currency, the Treasury secretary was poised to replace Alexander Hamilton with Harriet Tubman on the $10 bill. Hamilton the musical became immensely popular right around this time, causing Andrew Jackson to be bumped from the $20 instead.

Hamilton is also changing the way the Revolutionary War is taught in American schools. Alexander Hamilton, usually passed over to discuss Madison, Jefferson, and Washington, is now being discussed much more in American classrooms than he was in years past. The Rockefeller Foundation even worked with producers to help 20,000 students see the show in New York.

Hamilton Mixtape Tops the Billboard Charts

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Hamilton Mixtape
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A quality control specialist in the fashion industry for more than a decade, Asha Pabla enjoys modern plays and musicals, including the critically acclaimed Hamilton. In her spare time, Asha Pabla enjoys visiting the Lincoln Center, where Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda first performed songs from the Hamilton album that would eventually comprise the Broadway musical.

The success of the Grammy-winning Hamilton album and the musical, which won 11 Tony awards, spawned the release of The Hamilton Mixtape. Featuring a kaleidoscope of popular artists, The Hamilton Mixtape debuted atop the Billboard 200 chart for the week ending December 8, 2016, with 187,000 traditional album sales and streaming downloads. It was the first compilation album to debut at number one since Now 50 did so in May of 2014. The first Hamilton album, which featured the original cast of the Broadway play, peaked at number three on the Billboard chart.

Artists appearing on The Hamilton Mixtape include Common, Chance the Rapper, Busta Rhymes, Nas, Sia, Kelly Clarkson, and K’nann, among others. A second volume is already in the works.