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October 28, 2015

Rockefeller Fund Backs Plan to Bring Students to 'Hamilton'

The Rockefeller Foundation and the producers of the Broadway hit "Hamilton" are teaming up on an effort to boost history education by taking 20,000 New York students to see the hip-hop musical about America's revolutionary era, reports The New York Times. The foundation has committed $1.5 million to subsidize tickets for 11th graders from low-income areas to see the production in matinee performances through 2017.

The foundation will also develop educational materials related to the show, which was created by Lin-Manuel Miranda, a graduate of New York schools, and features Latino and black actors playing Alexander Hamilton and other founding fathers. Lead producer Jeffrey Seller pledged to take the student program on the road when the show begins touring.

"Here’s a story that talks about American history and the ideals of American democracy, and it features an immigrant [Hamilton] who is impoverished initially and shows through perseverance and grit what he can achieve, in a vernacular that speaks to young people, written by a product of New York public education," Rockefeller President Judith Rodin said. “Could there possibly be a better combination in terms of speaking to students?"