Hamilton Stars Celebrate Return of Historic Statues
Nine-foot statues of Alexander Hamilton and Dewitt Clinton have been returned to the Museum of the City of New York.
Stars of the Broadway hit Hamilton headed uptown today to celebrate the unveiling of restored nickel bronze statues of both the hit musical's namesake, Alexander Hamilton, and noted New Yorker Dewitt Clinton to their homes at the Museum of the City of New York. The statues have stood outside the museum's Fifth Avenue terrace entrance for more than 75 years and are returning from their first ever conservation treatment since installation in 1941.
Hamtilon stars in attendance were Lexi Lawson (making her Broadway debut as Eliza), Anthony Lee Medina (making his Broadway debut as John Laurens / Philip), and Jevon McFerrin (standby for all major male roles).
Playing at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, Hamilton features book, music, and lyrics by Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, and music direction and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire. Based on Ron Chernow's biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, the musical tells the story of Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War, and was the new nation's first treasury secretary. The musical won 11 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Score, Book of a Musical, Direction of a Musical, Choreography, and Orchestrations.
The conservation of the Hamilton and Clinton statues is part of the final stages of a 10-year renovation of the Museum's historic building. In 2016, the Museum completed a $97 million interior renovation project, bringing climate control to the building for the first time, creating modern galleries, and building state-of-the-art collections storage facilities. The conservation efforts of the Hamilton and Clinton sculptures marks the beginning of the restoration of the building's elegant brick and marble exterior, which is expected to be completed by 2019.
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