The Utah State Legislature wants to show it’s love for ‘Hamilton’ the musical

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SALT LAKE CITY — Rep. Ken Ivory whips out his iPhone to play a song from the hit-musical “Hamilton.”

“I cry every time I listen to it,” the conservative lawmaker confessed to FOX 13.

Ivory, R-West Jordan, loves the Broadway musical so much, he’s sponsoring a resolution in the Utah State Legislature to honor its composer, Lin-Manuel Miranda. On Wednesday, he introduced House Resolution 12.

“Hamilton,” a hip-hop musical about Alexander Hamilton and the founding of the country, has received accolades and has become one of the hottest shows to see. House Speaker Greg Hughes, R-Draper, managed to score tickets to it. Ivory hasn’t been able to see it, but plays the soundtrack repeatedly.

Ivory praised it for its music, dance and historical message.

“I didn’t think I was a hip hop fan but he describes it as ‘Little Mermaid’ meets Sondheim meets David McCullough meets Dr. Dre. It’s engaging, it’s bringing the nation together to understand the genius of our unlikely history,” Ivory said.

Ivory said he would love for the musical to go on tour. If his resolution passes, he said he would invite Miranda to Utah to be recognized by the legislature.


  • David Whittington

    The ‘Hamilton’ play is a true work of art and the writers and composers behind this play created a genius level theater production. But is it within the purview of the incompetent Utah Legislature to be wasting time voting on ‘resolutions’ honoring Broadway plays ? Don’t the clowns on Utah’s capitol hill have other more important issues on their plates ?

  • James Madison

    Um, does Ken Ivory realize the entire second act of the musical is a celebration of a strong federal government and national control over states and the financial system?

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