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Act 2, Track 16
Blow Us All Away
Original post: February 23, 2016

“I saw him just up Broadway a couple of blocks. / He was goin’ to see a play.”

And so Philip Hamilton ventured to the Park Theatre to seek out George Eacker, who had criticized his father in a Fourth of July speech that that he gave.

Construction on the theater was begun in 1795, and it opened in 1798. The first theater, shown in exterior, burned to the ground in 1820, and it was rebuilt and reopened in 1821. The second building, shown in interior, burned to the ground down 1848, and it was not replaced.

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Exterior view, 1798-1820 theater: Longworth's American Almanack, New-York Register, and City Directory, … (New-York: Printed for the editor, by T. & J. Swords, 1797), frontispiece.

Interior view, 1821-1848 theater: The Rejected Addresses; Together With the Prize Address Presented for the Prize Medal, Offered for the Best Address, on the Opening of the New Park Theatre, in the City of New-York (New-York: Nathaniel Smith; J. Johnson & Co. printers, 1821), frontispiece.


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