First, let me give you a brief summary of the show, from Broadway.com:
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.
One of the things I love most about this show is the story. In addition to loving theatre, I also love history. Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote Hamilton, came up with the idea for the show, and used a lot of the information from Ron Chernow's biography on Alexander Hamilton. I would love to read this book now. My knowledge of Alexander Hamilton, before listening to this show, was that he was the first Secretary of the Treasury and he died in a duel with Aaron Burr, though I didn't know what it was about. Anything else I learned in school has been lost to time, but I am fairly certain that we didn't learn much more than that. I loved learning about Alexander, Aaron Burr, and all of the others. Now, I want to learn more about some of the other supporting characters that were clearly important to the Revolution and the other goings on of the time. Angelica Schuyler, for instance, is basically never mentioned in history books, but she was, it seems, fairly influential to not only Hamilton, but Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and George Washington. The Marquis de Lafayette, John Laurens, and Hercules Mulligan were also important participants in the Revolution, according to Hamilton. They are also not touched on very greatly, from what I remember in school. Hopefully, I'm just remembering this inaccurately, but either way, I would love to learn more about these people. They led fascinating lives. One interesting thing I've learned in my little bit of research is that John Laurens was most likely gay and he and Alexander Hamilton had, at the least, crushes on each other, but were more likely lovers. This was left out of the show, as far as I can tell from the soundtrack, except for one line about Hamilton liking Laurens a lot. There maybe more reference to it in the script or in the performances, but alas, I haven't seen the show myself. So, I can not tell you. But, if you enjoy history, you will enjoy this show.
|The Schuyler Georges|
|That's me, in the middle there.|
|Same, Jon, Same. These people are just too much.|
|Lin-Manuel Miranda and the cast of Hamilton|
So, now that I've bored you to death gushing about Hamilton, here are some videos to entertain you and, hopefully, fully convince you how great Hamilton is. I highly suggest you watch the Grammy's performance linked above as well. It's awesome.
This is the Hamilton cast performing their opening number at the White House.
My two year old's favorite, My Shot, also from the White House trip
My personal favorite Ham4Ham, The Schuyler Georges
Finally, an a capella group sings the score in seven minutes
I hope I have convinced you to give Hamilton a chance, even if hip hop isn't your thing. This is a once in a generation show that should be experienced by everyone! Have I convinced you? Or, are you already as obsessed as I am? Let me know below!
**All gifs from Tumblr, all videos from YouTube.