Dan Sherman's Hamilton: The Man and the Musical
Wednesday, March 13, from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm (City Tavern Club) with DC Columbia Alum Assn
Alexander Hamilton has always been known as a central player in America’s early
history, but the smash Broadway musical Hamilton has focused new attention on the life and career of this fascinating "ten-dollar founding father," as described in the opening song of the musical. This multimediapresentation draws on both Hamilton’s biography and his depiction on stage to examine his accomplishments, discuss his relationship with Aaron Burr, and reflect on the history and accuracy of the musical. It includes recordings from the musical's soundtrack and interviews with its creators.
6 pm: Social Reception, Cash bar
6:30 pm: Tour of The City Tavern
7:00 pm: presentation
Dan Sherman is an economist with interests in opera and musical theatre who has led more than 25 courses on these and other topics to adult education groups over the past ten years. He has also given lectures to Wagner Societies in the United States and England, college alumni clubs, and corporate groups. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Cornell University. He recently retired from the American Institutes for Research (AIR) and divides his time between Washington, DC, and Williamsburg.
The City Tavern is located in Georgetown at the intersection of M Street & Wisconsin Avenue, and has long been a center of activity in the city. The clubhouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the City Tavern Club operates as a nonprofit organization with the mission of preserving one of the oldest Federal period buildings and the sole remaining founding-era tavern in Washington, D.C.
Originally constructed in 1796, the City Tavern functioned as both an inn and a major hub of civic life in the area during the early Federal period. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and other Founding Fathers frequented the Tavern during this time. On June 6, 1800, President John Adams was honored at a banquet in the Long Room of the Tavern where he offered the toast:
“Georgetown - May its prosperity equal the ardent enterprise of its inhabitants, and the felicity of their situation.”
Preparation options: anything from none, to reading the Ron Chernow book that inspired the musical. Also, you may find it interesting to visit the free Postal Museum exhibit dedicated to Hamilton (IF the Govt. reopens), next to Union Station. (photos at right and below)
Registration: $20/person for Wharton Club members and their guests; $30/person for non-members.
- Ticket includes presentation, an 18th Century-style dinner, drinks, and networking
Hors d'oeuvres menu:
Spinach, Feta, Onion Spanakopita
Tomato & Parmesan Bruschetta
Proscuitto Wrapped Dates
Chicken Lemongrass Potstickers
Cucumber Rounds w/Salmon & Dill
- This venue is fully handicap-accessible and our meals are designed to acommodate vegetarians.
- The nearest Metro station is Foggy Bottom. Many buses go along M Street past or near the City Tavern Club; some turn onto Wisconsin, which is close to the Club.
There are several nearby parking garages near the City Tavern Club
Wharton Club members and their guests: $20/person
Ticket includes hors d'oeuvres, discussion, networking