American history gets a multicultural makeover in this hip-hop, pop-inspired musical chronicling the country’s fight for independence.

By Ben Brantley at The New York Times:

“How ‘Hamilton’ achieves this then-is-now effect could itself be said to qualify as historic, at least on the progress-challenged continuum of the American musical. In telling the story of Hamilton — and confreres that include George Washington, Aaron Burr and Thomas Jefferson — via rap and R&B ballads, this sung-through production sounds a lot like what you’d hear if you turned the radio to a mainstream pop station.”

This story was originally published on February 17th, 2015.