When the Broadway cast performance of Hamilton: An American Musical airs on Disney+ on Friday (July 3), it will bring even more fans to the landmark Lin-Manuel Miranda musical, which opened on Broadway in August 2015.
The show and its cast album have already set a lot of records. Take a look:
Highest-debuting cast album since 1961: Hamilton entered the Billboard 200 at No. 12 in October 2015. As Billboard’s Keith Caulfield points out, that was the highest debut for a cast album since separate mono and stereo charts were combined into one comprehensive chart in August 1963. To find a higher debut, you have to go back to the mono album chart dated Jan. 23, 1961, where Camelot opened at No. 4.
Highest-charting cast album since 2011: Hamilton peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 in June 2016, the highest ranking for a cast album since The Book of Mormon peaked in the same spot in June 2011. (The last cast album to climb higher was Hair, which logged 13 consecutive weeks at No. 1 in the spring and summer of 1969.)
Longest-charting cast album since the early ‘90s: Hamilton has logged 248 weeks on the Billboard 200, through the chart dated July 4. That’s the longest run by any cast album since Highlights from The Phantom of the Opera: The Highlights, which has logged 331 weeks since it first charted in March 1990.
First Broadway show to have a spinoff album reach No. 1. The Hamilton Mixtape, which featured such pop and hip-hop stars as Nas, Usher, Kelly Clarkson, Alicia Keys and Jill Scott, entered the Billboard 200 at No. 1 in December 2016.
Second-most weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Cast Albums chart: Hamilton has topped the Cast Albums chart for 238 weeks – all but 10 of the weeks it has been in release. That’s the second-most weeks by any cast album since the chart originated in 2006. Wicked is the leader with 333 weeks.
Most Tony nominations by any show: Hamilton amassed Tony 16 nominations, narrowly edging the previous record-holders, The Producers and Billy Elliot: The Musical, both of which received 15 nominations. Miranda received three of those nominations.
Second most Tony Awards by any show: Hamilton received 11 Tonys, putting it just behind The Producers, which won 12 Tonys in 2001. Miranda received two of those awards.
Ninth musical to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama: Moreover, Hamilton was just the second musical to win that prestigious award where one person wrote the book, music and lyrics. The first was Jonathan Larson’s Rent (1996). A third, Michael R. Jackson’s A Strange Loop, was honored this year.
First team of creators of a Broadway show to get special recognition at the Kennedy Center Honors: Miranda, director Thomas Kail, orchestrator Alex Lacamoire and choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler were honored at the 41st annual Kennedy Center Honors in December 2018. They were cited as “trailblazing creators of a transformative work that defies category.”
Most individual Grammy winners for best musical theater album: A record 16 individuals received Grammys for their work on Hamilton. The award was shared by 10 principal soloists, five producers, two engineers and one composer/lyricist. Miranda served in three of those capacities on the album, which is why this adds up to 18 rather than 16. Despite his varied contributions to the album, Miranda won just one award.