KNOXVILLE, TN – April 4, 2019 – World-renowned historian and biographer Ron Chernow comes to Knoxville May 7 to present “Hamilton: The Man and The Musical” as a part of The Sherri and Baxter Lee Distinguished Speaker Series at the Tennessee Theatre.
Chernow, a Pulitzer Prize-winning and The New York Times best-selling historian has authored some of the most renowned and acclaimed biographies ever published. While nearly all of his seven books have earned praise, honors and awards, his 2004 portrait of founding father Alexander Hamilton inspired a worldwide phenomenon in the Broadway musical “Hamilton.” The National Book Award winner illuminates the life and times of some of America’s most significant historical figures in his works. Chernow will also be the featured speaker at the 2019 White House Correspondents’ Dinner on April 27.
Chernow’s first book, “The House of Morgan,” won the National Book Award as the best nonfiction book of 1990 and is considered a modern classic. His second book, “The Warburgs,” won the prestigious George S. Eccles Prize for best business book of 1993. He followed that up with a collection of essays, “The Death of the Banker.” In 1998, he published “Titan,” a biography of John D. Rockefeller, which stayed on The New York Times bestseller list for 16 weeks. “Alexander Hamilton” was published to extraordinary acclaim in 2004. The book spent more than three months on The New York Times bestseller list and was the first recipient of the George Washington Book Prize for the year’s best book about the founding era. In 2010, Chernow’s long-awaited biography of George Washington, “Washington: A Life,” debuted to outstanding reviews. It would go on to win the New York Historical Society’s coveted American History Book Prize and the Pulitzer Prize in Biography. Chernow’s seventh book, “Grant,” was released to universal praise in 2017.
Beginning in 2008, Chernow collaborated with Lin-Manuel Miranda as the historical consultant on the Broadway musical “Hamilton.” The musical is the biggest Broadway hit of the past 50 years. In May 2015, as a member of the show’s creative team, he received the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical. The show was nominated for a record-breaking 16 Tony Awards, winning 11. In November 2015, Chernow and Miranda jointly received the History Makers Award of the New York Historical Society for their work together on the acclaimed show and also were honored at the National Archives in Washington. That same month, Chernow’s biography of Alexander Hamilton returned to The New York Times best-seller list. It has sold more than 2 million copies, making it one of the best-selling biographies of all time.
Tickets are on sale now at the Tennessee Theatre box office and at www.tennesseetheatre.com.
General admission tickets are $55.
Students, East Tennessee Historical Society members and Friends of the Knox County Public Library will receive a code for discounted tickets.
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About East Tennessee Historical Society
Established in 1834, the East Tennessee Historical Society is widely acknowledged as one of the most active history organizations in the state and enjoys a national reputation for excellence in programming and education. For 184 years the East Tennessee Historical Society has been helping East Tennesseans hold on to our unique heritage—recording the events, collecting the artifacts, and saving the stories that comprise the history we all share.
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