It’s been three months since my surreal experience watching Hamilton at the Richard Rogers theatre, and I still find myself belting out tunes from this revolutionary musical. This isn’t a review; it’s an appreciation for all of the people who made this musical work because they dared to do something different. The man who started all of this is Alexander Hamilton himself, Lin-Manuel Miranda. Combining history and rap left people skeptic about the idea (the president of the United States included). However, after 7 years of putting it together, Hamilton has definitely taken the world by storm.
I can go on about the storyline of the play, the wonderful set design, and unique choreography but I think it’s the music that sets it apart. I never liked rap but after hearing the soundtrack, I was blown away by all of the songs and I can (sort-of) rap some of them too. On the other hand, friends of mine who aren’t into musical theatre have been reading Hamilton’s biography and learning the plot line as if they were required to write a literature essay. This all goes back to Miranda’s idea of “love is love is love is love”; we can all come together and love the same thing despite our different interests. Hamilton is a clear representation of this.
Here is a list of crowd favorites according to the people i’ve talked to:
- Alexander Hamilton
- Guns & Ships
I guess what I can take away from this is that if you’re passionate about something and willing to put in the effort, you can make it work. When rap made it’s debut on a Broadway stage it was a risk, but definitely one worth taking; just look at all of the success and recognition! After having watched Hamilton, I can truly say that it isn’t overrated and lives up to expectations. It is just as exciting for a person who learned all of the songs off by heart and a person who knows nothing about the musical. Hamilton broke hearts and also lifted spirits. As all of the famous actors appeared on stage in the first number, I found myself crying in utter astonishment. Also, watch out for comic reliefs from the melodramatic King George and Hamilton’s team of abolitionists (they’re actual squad goals).
I’d like to finish off by encouraging you to watch Hamilton. I have no doubt that it will stick around for a very long time. I see it as the next big thing, and it deserves a spot up with Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables. I know that Hamilton is touring around America and possibly – hopefully – around the world (fingers crossed!) And with that, I leave this blog post with meaningful advice – if you ever have the chance to watch Hamilton, grab it and “DO NOT THROW AWAY YOUR SHOT.” 🙂