Recently, I was invited to attend a performance of the critically acclaimed, record breaking Broadway musical and it was as if I won the lottery (there actually is a lottery for this and other shows, but I didn’t win it).
In February 2015, Lin Manuel Miranda, creator and director of another Broadway sensation, In The Heights, put pen to paper and then onto the stage as he told the enchanting story of Alexander Hamilton.
Inspired by the 2004 biography Alexander Hamilton by historian Ron Chernow, Miranda decided to add a little pizazz to his performance. Much like his other show, In The Heights, Miranda set this story to hip, bebopping tunes with eye-catching, heart pounding choreography to match.
For the entire course of the performance you are at the edge of your seat unable to contain the excitement and emotion Miranda and his crew evoke. A show full of fun, love, laughter, drama, and a deep understanding of history, it’s one of those performances you can see over and over, never getting enough.
As the Broadway.com website describes it –
“Lin-Manuel Miranda takes the stage as the unlikely founding father determined to make his mark on the new nation as hungry and ambitious as he is. From bastard orphan to Washington’s right hand man, rebel to war hero, a loving husband caught in the country’s first sex scandal, to the Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy. George Washington, Eliza Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson and Hamilton’s lifelong friend/foil Aaron Burr all make their mark in this astonishing new musical exploration of a political mastermind.”
While tickets can be costly, it’s no wonder there’s such a “hype” about Hamilton. So far, the show has broken records, winning a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and 16 Tony nominations for the upcoming eponymous award show.
Yes, it’s that good. Even if you’re not a Broadway fan, or one for live performances, do yourself a favor. Surely, there will be something about this fan favorite that will have you coming back for more.
For more information about the show, or to purchase tickets*, please visit http://www.broadway.com/shows/hamilton-broadway/.
*Plan accordingly as these tickets have been noted to sell out months in advance.