Hamilton: A Must-See American Musical

(From left) Daveed Diggs, Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos and Lin-Manuel Miranda perform on Broadway in Miranda’s acclaimed musical, “Hamilton.” Photo by Joan Marcus
Ashtyn Britt
Writer
abritt@lc.edu

I have loved Hamilton since the very first time I ever listened to the soundtrack in early 2016, and have spent the past two years (not so) patiently waiting for Hamilton to create a national tour. In the meantime I’ve memorized the entire musical, written fan fiction, bought merchandise, read Hamilton: The Revolution!, and even attended a convention in a Hamilton cosplay.

So I admit right here and now, I’m already biased in favor of the brilliant broadway musical created by Lin Manuel-Miranda. Therefore you could only imagine how excited I was when I received Hamilton tickets for Christmas.

The night that I attended, I woke up early to make sure I had my makeup and hair perfect for that night to go with my dress costume that was a striking resemblance to the costumes of the continental soldiers during Act 1 of the musical. I felt myself practically shake with anticipation through dinner and the car ride until I saw the Fabulous Fox Theatre. The posters displayed in the window are great for taking pictures in front of in the signature pointing in the air pose, and the structure of the building itself was beautiful.

Then, the actual show itself is wonderful. The story follows the first Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton. We see his life from his arrival to America up to his death, and all the exciting events of his life that took place in between. This story however isn’t only about Alexander, but those closest to him, and the birth of our great nation. It really does teach quite a lot of historical facts in one of the most creative ways I’ve ever seen. As if the story wasn’t beautiful enough, the performance was an unforgettable experience.

The stage, looking as if entirely made of old wood, rarely ever changed throughout the show. The performers only added occasional props to show a shift of time, and a double rotating floor to help make the magnificent choreography look even more exhilarating to watch. The incredibly diverse cast was fantastic during their performance, their voices even rivaling that of the original cast on the soundtrack! It isn’t enough to only listen to the musical, I would beg of everyone around me to go and see the show if they should ever find the chance to do so. The current show run will have finished by May 22nd, so to find out the other locations for Hamilton, you can look for tickets on https://tickets-center.com/.

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