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Reel Talks: Hamilton 

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August 12, 2020 7:30PM


Reel Talks: Hamilton with Dr. Matt Travis, Ryan VanDenBoom and Morgan Marcell


MATRIX:MIDLAND enriches lives through the celebration of art, science and the humanities. Presenting fresh ideas that are both inspiring and thought provoking. In that spirit we are introducing Matrix Virtual Cinema Discussions. Discussions will occur every other week this summer. Be ready to dive right in at 7:30 PM. The event is free but registration is required. 

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 | 7:30 PM
Title: Hamilton (2020) (view the trailer here)
Rated PG-13; 2 hr 40 min
Hosted by: Dr. Matt Travis
Co-Hosts: Ryan VanDenBoom and Morgan Marcell

"Hamilton" is the story of America then, told by America now. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B, and show tunes, "Hamilton" has taken the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a revolutionary moment in theater--a musical that has had a profound impact on culture, politics, and education. Captured at the Richard Rodgers Theater on Broadway in June 2016, the film transports its audience into the world of the Broadway show in a uniquely intimate way.

Here’s how you can be a part of the discussion:

  • This is NOT a Live Stream viewing of the film. The film can be found on Disney Plus (subscription required). Watch the film on your own time, at your pace.
  • Register for the discussion you would like to join. The event is free but registration is required. The registration deadline is 7 PM on the day of the discussion.
  • Connect with people from around the region and enjoy some Reel Talk!

Director of Choral and Orchestral Programs Dr. Matt Travis will be joined by Broadway stars and former Hamilton cast members Ryan VanDenBoom (Munger) and Morgan Marcell who will provide special behind-the-scenes insights and share stories about their experiences with the show.
Why this film?   "Lin-Manuel Miranda’s masterwork has changed the way society views history and in many ways has broken the mould of contemporary musical theatre while also adhering to the norms of the great composers and conceivers of the past. In this conversation we will discuss the importance of the work, where it fits in the history of the canon, and the various elements that have made it transcend theatre and become and international, mainstream phenomenon."  - Dr. Matt Travis
Click here to download and read Matt's full dissertation: Hamilton: A Musical Analysis of Ensemble Function


Registration will close at 7 PM on Wednesday, August 12.  The Zoom link will be sent to the registrants by 7:15 PM that evening, for the discussion to begin promptly at 7:30 PM.

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