Response: "Why Hamilton is Not the Revolution You Think it is" by James McMaster

The article I am responding to can be found here: "Why Hamilton is Not the Revolution You Think it is" by James McMaster on howlround.com.

Hamilton is an amazing musical and does not proclaim to be the miraculous cure for diversity and inclusion in the arts. I don't agree with this piece as a whole, but this gem about audience inclusion and capitalism deserves a second read:

"Remember who actually gets to witness Hamilton in the flesh. The exorbitantly high ticket prices coupled with the perpetually sold-out status of the production prohibit most working class people of color from attending the show. Given that the production’s audience, then, is overwhelmingly white and upper-middle-class, one wonders about the reception of the show’s racial performance. How many one-percenters walk away from Hamilton thinking that they are on the right side of history simply because they exchanged hundreds of dollars for the opportunity to sit through a racialized song and dance? My guess: too many."