A free, public event featuring a partial preview of the PBS Great Performances documentary, “Hamilton’s America,” will be co-hosted by the ETV Endowment of South Carolina and the Arts Management Program at the College of Charleston School of the Arts.
“Hamilton’s America” in its entirety provides a behind-the-scenes look at the Broadway hit musical “Hamilton” by Tony®, Grammy® and Emmy®-winning composer and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda. The documentary provides a look into Miranda’s inspirations and creative process and is replete with scenes from the production in New York; interviews with experts and artists; cast-led expeditions to Washington, Philadelphia and New York; and much more. The first 30 minutes of the documentary will be shown at the preview event.
The event will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 7:30 p.m., at the College of Charleston Sottile Theatre, 44 George St. Admission is free, but online reservations are required at etvendowment.org/greatperformances. If seats are unavailable, a waiting list option is offered when registering.
“PBS is thrilled to give viewers an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at this sensational—and sold out—Broadway musical,” said Beth Hoppe, Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, General Audience Programming, PBS. “With this level of access to Lin-Manuel Miranda and his team, PBS continues to live up to our mission of giving viewers a backstage pass and a front row seat to the arts.”
Other presentations will add to the event: Dr. Nic Butler, historian-in-residence for the Charleston Public Library, will open the evening with a brief presentation exploring connections between Alexander Hamilton and Charleston. Charleston’s new poet laureate, Marcus Amaker, will perform an original spoken word poem in collaboration with College of Charleston Arts Management majors Abstract and Willie Soul. The South Carolina Historical Society will display materials about John Laurens and Hamilton.