Lessons from Tony-nominated Hamilton

As a part-time New Yorker, I am lucky to have seen the phenomenal productions that have graced the stages of Broadway during the 2015-2016 season. And, yes, that includes Hamilton, thanks to my husband and Solomon McCown CFO Bill Stein, who pushed to see the show when it was in workshop, even though I took a pass.

I’m sorry I doubted you, Bill—like so many who’ve seen Hamilton or listened to the cast recording, many of the lyrics have stayed with me since we finally saw the show in March. To mark Sunday’s Tony Awards, here are a few lessons I’ve taken from the Great White Way this year.

The Room Where It Happens: Aaron Burr might have been willing to Wait For It, but even he eventually saw that access to powerful individuals was critical to his success. In an era in which so much business is conducted via email, conference calls and online collaboration tools, I urge our clients and our team members to identify which rooms are important to be in—and to physically get into them. Whether it’s a networking or client event, conference or luncheon, it’s important to know what got discussed.

How Lucky We Are to Be Alive Right Now: In Hamilton, we meet the dynamic Schuyler Sisters, who marvel at their luck to be alive during the exciting, if tumultuous, times just before the start of the American Revolution. Like so much of Hamilton, it mirrors our experience in 2016 America. There is much rancor in our politics and our culture, but the conversations happening about the future of our nation provides so much opportunity to change our nation for the better.

As always, I’ll be tuned in on Sunday night to relive the great memories from the year in Broadway. If you need a preview of the fun, check out James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke with some of the year’s biggest stars.


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