A “Non-Stop” List of Fun Facts About Hamilton the Musical

(Last Updated On: June 8, 2022)

A List of Fun Facts About Hamilton the Musical

A musical that illustrates the story of one of America’s most controversial and revolutionary Founding Fathers, Hamilton leaves audiences wanting to come back for more. Lin-Manuel Miranda created a smash hit that has people contemplating history and the foundation of the United States of America. Here are some of our favorite facts from the masterpiece that is Hamilton.

“Guns and Ships” contains the fastest spoken words in Broadway musical history

One feature that sets Hamilton apart from other musicals is the diverse genres of music, including hip-hop, pop, and R&B.  The characters sing and rap over 20,000 words during the musical’s 46 songs, which averages about 144 words per minute. “Guns and Ships” spotlights the speediest lyrics in Broadway musical history. The quickest verse in that song has Marquis de Lafayette rapping about 6.3 words per second! 

Hamilton is 1 of 10 musicals to win a Pulitzer Prize

In addition to its other countless awards, Hamilton the Musical has done something few musicals have accomplished: winning a Pulitzer. This critically-acclaimed show added another award to its collection as it took home the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The Pulitzer Prize is one of the most prestigious media awards. It awards prizes in music, photography, writing, and more. 

Two original cast members dated

Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator and star of Hamilton, suspected a blossoming romance during the first table read in 2015. Miranda was correct because two original cast members, Anthony Ramos and Jasmine Cephas Jones, were romantically involved. Ramos originated the roles of John Laurens and Philip Hamilton, while Cephas Jones played both Peggy Schuyler and Maria Reynolds. They remained a couple after both stars left the show in the winter of 2016. However, after a six-year relationship and a two-year engagement, the couple split in November 2021. 

“Non-Stop” is the longest song in Hamilton 

One of our favorite facts about Hamilton is about the longest song. At a whopping 6 minutes and 25 seconds, this song lives up to its name. “Non-Stop” features vocals from Alexander Hamilton, Elizabeth Schuyler, Angelica Schuyler, and George Washington. As the 23rd song in the show, it circles through Hamilton and Burr’s law careers following the American Revolution, the creation of the Federalist Papers, and Hamilton’s invitation to run the U.S. Treasury Department under George Washington’s presidency. 

Ensemble-member Ariana DeBose had a hidden role 

Hamilton’s most symbolic and almost-missed character is the Bullet. Played by Ariana DeBose, this character foreshadows death. The Bullet’s first appearance is showcased through her execution by King George Ⅲ for being a spy. 

Then she transitions into following Hamilton most of the show, foreshadowing that his death is approaching. Hamilton also mentions death throughout the story. For instance, in “The World Was Wide Enough,” Hamilton sings, “I imagine death so much it feels more like a memory.” These lyrics and the Bullet’s presence highlight the theme of death throughout the show. The Bullet’s most significant scene is during the Burr versus Hamilton duel at the end of act two, where death finally catches up to Hamilton. 

Historic night at the 2016 Tony Awards 

From its 2015 off-Broadway opening night to its sold-out shows at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, Hamilton was a hit from the beginning. Critics and fans were not the only ones to recognize the excellent quality of the production’s acting, choreography, costumes, set design, and songs. In fact, Hamilton set a world record for the most Tony nominations with 16. Of those 16 nominations, Johnathon Groff, who played King George Ⅲ, earned a Tony nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical even though he was on-stage for 9 of the show’s 150 minutes. In the end, the musical won 11 Tony Awards

Samuel Seabury and Alexander Hamilton were rivals

The scene where Samuel Seabury debates Alexander Hamilton in the song “Farmer Refuted” was inspired by their literary dispute during 1774-1775. During the American Revolution, Seabury was a devoted loyalist and expressed his support for Great Britain through three letters using the pen name A.W. Farmer. The Hamilton song contains the phrase “Free Thoughts on the Proceedings of the Continental Congress,” which is a nod to one of Seabury’s letters. Hamilton retaliated with verbiage in two essays called “The Farmer Refuted.”

Former tick, tick…Boom! castmates reunite in Hamilton

Leslie Odom Jr. and Lin-Manuel Miranda are no strangers to each other. Before playing divergent characters in Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton, the pair co-starred in the 2014 New York City Center production of Jonathan Larson’s tick, tick…Boom! 

Hamilton is one of only a few Broadway musicals to use fire on stage 

The “Burn” song highlights Elizabeth Schuyler’s frustration with her husband’s infidelity. She destroys his love letters by burning them. The actress portraying Elizabeth Schuyler uses her lantern’s candle to set the letters ablaze. Hamilton’s prop master Jay Duckworth went through a rigorous process of finding a paper that would burn for the duration of the 225-second song. 

Phillipa Soo created the Eliza Project to support Elizabeth Schuyler’s orphanage

The closing song of Hamilton underlines Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler’s legacy. Eliza sings, “I established the first private orphanage in New York City. I help to raise hundreds of children.” Isabella Graham, Joanna Bethune, Sarah Hoffman, and Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton founded their orphanage in 1806. 216 years later, Graham Windham now serves as a family and youth development organization that provides NYC with family foster care, youth coaching, adoptive services, and more. To honor Eliza’s legacy, Phillipa Soo, who starred as the original Elizabeth Schuyler on Broadway, and Morgan Marcel created the Eliza Project in 2015. This program allows young people in Graham Windham to express themselves through the arts. 

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