Can we please just take a moment to appreciate the beauty that is the musical Hamilton?
If you don’t know what Hamilton is, it’s a Broadway hip-hop musical about Alexander Hamilton written by Lin-Manuel Miranda (and it’s fabulous). Lin wrote the musical and he also plays Hamilton in it (and he is such an amazing person). (If you don’t know who Hamilton is, he’s the guy on the ten dollar bill.)
I first heard about Hamilton from a person at school and I didn’t really think much about it because I wasn’t really into musicals at the time, but then more and more of my friends starting talking about it and saying how good it was that I decided to listen to it too… and let me tell you, it is amazing!
Everything, from the opening number (“Alexander Hamilton”) to the closing number (“Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story”) is absolutely beautiful. At the beginning of Act I, you think that the musical is a fun, light-hearted musical about Alexander Hamilton (obviously), but then it takes a turn and you are left open mouthed and possibly crying by the end of Act II. (There are only two acts.)
Hamilton teaches the history of America through a musical. It starts with Alexander Hamilton meeting Aaron Burr. At first, Burr is willing to help Hamilton, but as the musical goes on, the two start to get on each others nerves (particularly Hamilton on Burr’s, which leads to multiple disputes between them). It portrays the ups and downs of building America.
I’d have to say that my top favorite tracks from the musical are “Guns and Ships” (characters: Lafayette, Burr, Washington, and Company), “Dear Theodosia” (characters: Burr, Hamilton), “A Winters Ball” (Burr, Hamilton, and Company), “What’d I Miss” (characters: Jefferson, Burr, Madison, Washington, Hamilton, and Company), “The Adams Administration” (Burr, Hamilton, Jefferson, Madison, and Company), “The Reynolds Pamphlet” (characters: Hamilton, Jefferson, Madison, Burr, Angelica, and Company).
All-in-all if you haven’t listened to Hamilton, I’d strongly recommend listening to it at least once.