Hamilton: An American Musical. The creation of Lin-Manuel Miranda-whose awards now includes a Pulitzer Prize, three Grammys, three Tonys, two Olivier Awards, and an Emmy-this almost entirely sung-through musical was inspired by historian Ron Chernow’s 2004 biography of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.
The mixture of genres and use of word patterns gives a clever nod to Alexander Hamilton himself, who was quite the wordsmith and eloquent orator, as well as being a Revolutionary War hero, lawyer, and author of more than half of the articles of the Federalist Papers. History is celebrated here in both song and dance, and Miranda’s work makes some of it seem downright sexy.
The media sensation of a musical has gained fans all around the world from its platform on Broadway. Certainly, Hamilton will continue to cause a fuss amongst Broadway shows in 2020. The Lin-Manuel Miranda created show charts the life of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, a compelling character. Hamilton came to the US from the Caribbean and led a life full of tumultuous ups and downs. In Hamilton, the story comes alive through rap and hip-hop music, lending a modern sound to this historic tale.
Critics and audiences love Hamilton, a historical musical with a thoroughly modern twist. Telling the story of the Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, the musical depicts his chaotic life and rivalry with Aaron Burr. Interestingly, the story is told almost entirely through rap and hip-hop music. Although Hamilton is a show about US history, there’s nothing old or stale about it! Broadway fans will adore this savvy musical production.
Hamilton is appropriate for ages 13+ since there is some strong language. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theater. And, if you have a kid who is interested in history (or you want to pique his or her interest in America’s tale), this is a great lesson set to music.
There is a little bit of swearing, and there are a couple of questions you may have to answer about corsets and such afterward, but you’re going to eventually have “the talk” after all, so why not have some singable and teachable moments along the way?
The first act of Hamilton illuminates the success of the Revolution and the defeat of the forces of King George III, complete with duels and battles, lovers’ quarrels, and victory speeches, all done to music. As the plot moves on to the political and personal rivalry between Hamilton and Burr as they continue their educations in New York, the songs begin to foreshadow the bitter rivalry that will dog the pair until the bitter end.
Act II sees Thomas Jefferson returned from France and illustrates a familiar scenario in which politicians squabble over the budget, but in a much more entertaining fashion. Eventually, Hamilton convinces Jefferson and James Madison to agree to move to the U.S. Capital from New York to Washington, D.C., coincidentally much closer to Jefferson’s home in Monticello.
Indeed, even non-theater fans will be familiar with Hamilton due to all the news it has spawned this year. The musical is mainly sung, containing little dialogue, and is notable for its use of an entirely non-white cast. Hamilton is breaking the barriers of traditional Broadway but also providing a true classic musical. Certainly, if you’re intrigued by the hype, you should grab some tickets to this exciting up-and-comer!
Broadway’s hit musical.
The show is theatrically vibrant and musically stunning. Overall, it’s a catchy and comedic production that thankfully also includes some truly fantastic music.
Incorporating rap, hip-hop, jazz, R& B, power ballads, and complex internal rhymes, the music is light years and dimensions away from the days of My Fair Lady or the Phantom of the Opera.