These female characters are empowered, multidimensional. It’s not how history is often written. Or musicals. Take “1776,” a gem about the signers of the Declaration of Independence (all dudes), and two women (seen briefly, and only one – Abigail Adams – is more than eye candy). But “Hamilton” coaxes you to think as much about women’s historical contributions as those of men.
“A friend told me how the show reminded him how important his mother was to him,” says Soo.
Goldsberry credits Miranda and particularly Chernow for recognizing the importance of women in history. “When you have the responsibility of sifting through all the information, what resonates for you has a lot to do with who you are,” she says, suggesting Chernow’s love for his own wife surely influenced his take on the women Hamilton loved.
When posed that idea, Chernow is quiet.
He recalls how his wife took an immediate liking to Eliza, as she read his drafts of the book. “Eliza wasn’t socially or politically ambitious, and that’s the way my wife was – beautiful, true. So … yes … as I was writing the book, I did feel a special kinship with that character.”
Oh god this play. How do I get myself to New York (and get a ticket?!?!)