PBS Arts Fall Festival Spotlights Hamilton

September 2016

When now filmmaker Alex Horwitz befriended Lin-Manuel Miranda, the pair were onetime college roommates. Flashforward to 2016, Horwitz and Miranda are behind the year’s much buzzed about documentary, Hamilton’s America, coming to the PBS Arts Fall Festival on October 21 at 9 p.m. ET. 

Miranda is the creator and titular star of the Broadway phenomenon Hamilton, taking center stage for this year’s Festival. 


You may not be able to get tickets to Hamilton, but come October, PBS will give you the next best thing. – USA Today

PBS Arts Fall Festival spotlights Hamilton's America

Hamilton’s America photo: © Joan Marcus

Horwitz, who directed the 90-minute special, said it all started when he followed around Miranda with a camera during the creation of Miranda’s musical In the Heights

When asked about Hamilton‘s success, Horwitz said he wasn’t sure how a hip-hop musical about America’s first treasury secretary became the sensation it is today. “I just know that it works, and I think the proof is in the pudding — so I filmed a lot of that pudding.” (USA Today

Miranda was revealed to host this year’s PBS Arts Fall Festival during the summer Television Critics Association (TCA) Press Tour in Los Angeles. 


PBS Arts Fall Festival presents Hamilton's America

Photo courtesy of Rahoul Ghose for PBS. (l-r) David Horn, Daveed Diggs and Alex Horwitz at the 2016 PBS TCA Press Tour.

As the first documentary in the Festival, Hamilton’s America will give PBS viewers a peek inside Miranda and his colleagues’ creative process leading up to the Broadway opening of the musical, which earned 11 Tony Awards and the Pulitzer Prize. 

The dynamic PBS special will also feature 15 minutes of performances from the live production of Hamilton. 

The Festival continues throughout the fall with a lineup of music, theater, dance and performances. The line-up includes a West End revival of Gypsy, a salute to New York with Lang Lang and specials featuring Alan Cumming, Bill Murray, Joshua Bell and more.


PBS Arts Fall Festival Buzz

The PBS Arts Fall Festival garnered much press and social media attention from PBS’ session at the TCA Press Tour this summer.

I truly admire how Lin-Manuel Miranda has redefined the musical genre. As our host, I know that he will bring tremendous creative energy and help us attract new audiences to this year’s festival.  – PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger 

During the PBS session, filmmaker Alex Horwitz, actor and Tony Award-winner Daveed Diggs and Great Performances series executive producer David Horn discussed their role in bringing Hamilton’s America to television screens nationwide with PBS.  





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