We often find it remarkable at those who ask “why is theatre important?” And guess what? We found the perfect response to that in the New York Times the other day!
As you may know, the US Treasury has been contemplating changing some of the faces on our bills—and one of the first up for a complete make over? The $10 bill—the bill that currently has on its face none other than our first Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton.
And here is where the theatre’s influence comes into play: the Treasury Secretary promised to put a woman on the face of the new $10 bill. However, last summer he came to Broadway and went to see Hamilton. Additionally the star and creator of Hamilton Lin-Manuel Miranda, as well as theatre patrons in love with the musical, have been lobbying the Department of the Treasury to keep Hamilton on the $10 bill. The result? This week the Treasury Secretary just made the announcement that Hamilton is going to stay on the $10 bill!!
You can read more about it—and how all the bills are changing at the New York Times website.
Philip & Marilyn