Elizabeth Davis ‘19
Lin-Manuel Miranda masterfully brings a history textbook to the stage in the hit broadway musical, “Hamilton.” Hamilton follows the story of founding father Alexander Hamilton, and his journey from an immigrant to a hero. If you haven’t heard of Hamilton yet, I would be surprised. This musical is changing theater history, and even those who are not interested in theater or history are seeing this show as a big deal. Everyone is rushing to see this show before it’s too late. The musical has been sold out for quite some time (until about January 2017).
Hamilton took home a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. Personally, I love the album and listen to at least five of the songs each day. With over forty songs (46 total) on the album, you would think at least one song would be mediocre, but not with Hamilton. Each song is a blend of hip-hop, rap, and ballads. The songs are the majority of the roughly two and a half hour musical, and through singing and rapping they narrate Hamilton’s life.
Some of my favorite songs on the album (if I could manage to pick favorites) would be: “You’ll be Back” (Jonathan Groff-King George), “Burn” (Phillipa Soo-Eliza Hamilton), “Cabinet Battle #2” (Christopher Jackson-George Washington, Daveed Diggs-Thomas Jefferson, Lin-Manuel Miranda-Alexander Hamilton, Okieriete Onaodowan-James Madison), and “Who Lives Who Dies Who Tells Your Story” (cast). Whether for sound, fun, or emotional movement, each of these songs stand out to me, on this album.
One of my favorite aspects of this musical is how it makes these historic figures feel like relatable figures today. The show is historically accurate aside from a few things that were tweaked or overemphasized. The emotion and struggle of the characters is portrayed accurately and beautifully by the cast of Hamilton.
One of my biggest regrets is that I didn’t discover Hamilton, until it had been around for a while. It started with the album’s release September 25, 2015, and the hype from the Grammys. Had I learned to love it earlier I might have purchased a much coveted ticket. Don’t make the same mistake I did, if this is the first you are hearing of Hamilton, or more likely, you haven’t listened to it yet, you definitely should. You can find the album on
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