A to Z Challenge: H is for Hamilton

 

On December 9, 2015, after a week of listening to the Original Cast Recording of Hamilton non-stop, I went to the in-person lottery on a Wednesday at noon and won. I wrote this post in January, so I’m making H for Hamilton and finally hitting publish.

 

While the recording gives an accurate portrayal of what the show sounds like, there are a few aspects that are ten times more powerful on stage. Here are a few examples, in no particular order:

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  • Anthony Ramos has the voice of an angel. And he’s adorable. 
  • Eliza’s heart wrenching scream of anguish when Philip fails to continue counting with her.
  • The raucous enthusiasm of “CHESAPEAKE BAY!”
  • Philip’s energy and physicality at the end of his “poem” to his father.
  • The hilarity of Jefferson throwing pamphlets around as if they’re hundred dollar bills (or $10 bills) while singing “you ain’t never gon’ be president now.”
  • The fact that the guys are leaping around the stage while delivering their lines and singing.
  • Daveed’s energy.
  • When Hercules Mulligan leaps onto the center of the stage during “Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down).”
  • The absolute sass that is Groff’s King George.
  • “Why do you write like you’re running out of time?”
  • Moments when the story and lyrics and emotions all clicked and I literally got chills.

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It’s amazing. Lives up to all the hype. I can’t even describe how powerful and emotional it was for a Puerto Rican girl from the Bronx (who grew up believing that Broadway shows were for rich people and tourists) to see a Nuyorican guy on a Broadway stage playing one of America’s founding brothers. I never thought I would see something like this. It hit me hard, you guys. It still does. It was so inspiring. I haven’t stopped listening to the soundtrack since I saw the show, and I still try for the digital lottery every day so I can see it again. I’m so glad I was able to experience it with the original cast. All of the actors have such presence. There’s a lot more I could say, but I’m trying to keep these posts short!

Have you seen Hamilton or listened to the recording? (I highly recommend it – even if you’re one of those “I don’t want to listen until I see the show” people – just freaking listen to it already. You’re missing out.)

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