I got to be in the room where it happened…
I have been a Hamilton fan for a while. I’ve listened to the album so many times that I even workout to it. But there’s something magical about seeing it in the theatre.
First, the set and costumes.
I loved how simple the set was, yet how versatile. It didn’t draw attention away from the actors, but complemented the scenes and provided perfect functionality. The costumes were simple, with few costume changes, but this again complemented the complexity of the music itself.
The actors were phenomenal.
In Chicago’s cast, Miguel Cervantes (Hamilton), Ari Afsar (Eliza) and Alexander Gemignani (King George) stole the show. Oh, and of course Wayne Brady (Aaron Burr).
Ironically, the songs that I liked the least from the recording, were some of my favorite scenes.
Take the Cabinet Battles. I mean, I thought they were clever, but they weren’t my favorite. However, I absolutely loved seeing these scenes because of the subtleties infused in the characters. King George’s scenes were also hilarious. To be honest, I’d skip his songs when I listened to the musical, but his character was so much more in person than just listening to him.
My favorite songs still remained my favorite songs (My Shot and Burn), but they intensified because of the staging, actors and again, just seeing it person. My mom and I had goosebumps throughout the entire show.
I knew Hamilton was unique and amazing before seeing it, but now I’m utterly convinced it is one of my favorite musicals of all-time (behind Les Misérables).
If you have the opportunity to catch a show, DO IT! You can register for the daily lottery here. I have a hunch they will extend the show for a while, too. Good luck!