Famed news anchor Tom Brokaw sat down with Hamilton and In the Heights creator Lin-Manuel Miranda at Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre. Brokaw asked Tony winner Miranda if Hamilton possesses a rare power to heal in such a divided political climate.
“I think that there’s a healing effect to theatre,” Miranda responded. “I think that it’s not an accident that in other parts of the world, people put on theatre and expect to be arrested at the end of the moment.”
“There’s something about everyone being in the same room and having the same experience that is powerful and increasingly rare,” he continued. “We curate our reality more than ever. We unfollow people we disagree with, and it’s easier than ever. Even in the news, we can get a different set of facts from a different network. So I think that the power is in everyone being in a room, putting down their phones, and theatre is one of the last bastions of that as well.”