I was never truly into musicals. They were popular in high school and someone would always burst out into a solo. I’ve seen a couple, sang medleys all through my chorus years, and was happy to simply know the gist of of each famous show. As a cultural enthusiast, I am ashamed to say that for all of my two years in NY – the center of all things theater – I haven’t been to a Broadway show. At least not until my roommate scored two orchestra seat tickets to Hamilton for our birthday. It was the hottest musical on Broadway critics said, a must see. People screeched at the mention of a dead founding father’s name, unable to control their excitement. I couldn’t wait to see what all the hype was about.
It wasn’t just hype, it was phenomenal.
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Right from the start, you can feel the electric energy of the cast. They tell you that they’re their and they are going to put on one heck of a show. The first song created a buzz around the audience as a hip hop version of history played in front of their eyes. It was hard not to start moving to the catchy tune. The entire show is mixed with lightening fast lyrics and off the beat rhythms. I cannot imagine the many laborious hours the actors slaved away at to learn how to move their mouths that fast, sing what they were saying on key, dance to the beat, and play their character.
They got you excited about history.
The facts seemed in line with what I could remember from history class in high school, but I know I’ll definitely remember more now. How could I forget catchy history tunes? The entire show keeps you on the edge of your seat and in awe of this modern twist on an old story. It’s very difficult to find criticisms since the acting was top notch, the songs will make history (no pun intended), the choreography was spell binding, and the story line addictive. Lin-Manuel Miranda made this musical for today and for everyone. He captured the culture of 21st century and brought people of various backgrounds together to enjoy the show.
A word of advice: GO SEE HAMILTON. You can thank me after.