Call me a cheat, but I wasn’t about to pass up the opportunity to write about the greatest musical of our generation. When the news came out that Hamilton was being put onto Disney + for everyone to see, I was so excited! Despite the fact that I got to see the show live, having it more accessible now and knowing that the rest of the world can enjoy it too just makes me smile.
Normally, in my reviews, I discuss the plot and then go into the reasons as to why I liked or didn’t like it. This time around will be different because I feel like many of you already know the story of Alexander Hamilton and how he helped shape America. Instead I will take this time to explain why this musical is as amazing as everyone says it is and why you should all drop what you are doing right this moment to go and watch it!
History can be quite a dire subject. Even though I liked it for the most part, there were only certain time periods that really grasped my full attention. What is refreshing in Hamilton is that the story was given a modern spin. The characters talk about the past today which makes it more fun and engaging. While some details were changed for entertainment purposes, the general idea remained true and the way in which the story was actually told is unlike anything I had ever seen before.
Lin Manuel Miranda is an absolute legend! Creator, composer and writer, he put his blood, sweat and tears into this and it shows every step of the way. It literally took him seven years to make everything perfect. Every single word is told through song and rap making it unique and adding a whole new dimension to an otherwise mediocre story.
It was always my dream to see the original Broadway cast in action, especially after listening to them countless times on the soundtrack. Putting their voices to faces made everything full circle. You simply can’t beat the likes of Leslie Odom Jr. (Aaron Burr), Phillippa Soo (Eliza), Jonathan Groff (King George), Daveed Diggs (Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson), Renee Elise Goldsberry (Angelica), Chris Jackson (George Washington), Anthony Ramos (John Laurens/Philip Hamilton), Jasmine Cephas Jones (Peggy/Maria Reynolds) and Okieriete Onaodowan (Hercules Mulligan/James Madison). It’s hard imagining these characters being played by anybody else.
I also really appreciated the new footage that includes close ups of the actor’s faces, aerial shots etc. When I saw the show live, I was sat all the way at the back and missed out on a ton of details. These extra shots definitely add to the overall experience.
Most of all, I am so happy that this musical was finally put out into the world. So many people were stripped of the opportunity to see this live (not to mention tickets were ridiculously expensive). Having it now at our disposal whenever we want it is great. Everyone should watch this at least once and I dare you not to come away feeling all the feelings.