Christopher Jackson as George Washington in Hamilton, photo by Joan Marcus

Normally when the culture nabobs chatter excitedly about a revolution on Broadway, your best move is to avoid the latest affront to taste or desecration of widely shared values. Nothing can be more boring than a show labeled “transgressive” by The New York Times. This fall, though, the revolution being staged at the Richard Rodgers Theatre is the American one, in Hamilton. So unabashed and heartfelt is the show’s respect for the Founding—it even styles itself on the marquee not Hamilton:...

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