Hamilton | The Georgetown Dish

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hamilton “An American Musical is a musical sung and rapped by the (great, there are not enough superlatives to describe it) Lin-Manuel Miranda. It took more than seven years to compose. It tells the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton. Miranda said he was inspired to write the musical after reading Ron Chernow’s 2004 biography Alexander Hamilton. Miranda says Hamilton was originally a hip hop album in her head. The show draws heavily from hip hop, as well as R&B, pop, soul, and traditional style show tunes. It features non-white actors like the Founding Fathers of the United States and other historical figures. Miranda described Hamilton as “America then, as told by America now”.

Photo of Neil Haskell by Joan Marcus

This is the story of America that everyone should see and hear. At the center is Hamilton’s history driven by ambition. He was from the Caribbean, an immigrant and a bastard child. He became an American war hero and George Washington’s right-hand man. After America won the revolution, he became Treasury Secretary. The musical begins with the company summarizing their early days as an orphan in the Caribbean (“Alexander Hamilton Lyrics”). He was born out of wedlock in the West Indies, his father abandoned him at an early age, and his mother died when Hamilton was twelve. Miranda makes us think with thirty-four songs, seventeen in each act. It makes us think about how the constitution was written and the role Hamilton played in drafting the Federalist documents (if you haven’t read them, you’ll want to go home and do it.) I left the theater remembering my parents’ address, where they took me home from the hospital when I was born in Harlem, New York, at 41 Hamilton Place.

The fantastic production will be at the Kennedy Center Opera House until October 9. This is by far the best three hour experience you can have at the theater and it’s not to be missed. This production is directed by Thomas Kail.

There’s a big cast and I won’t name them all but they’re all incredibly talented. They are all great. Pierre Jean Gonzalez as Hamilton is fascinating. Neil Haskell as King George brings levity with his big voice. Vanessa Magula as Eliza Hamilton and Ta’Rea Campbell as Angelica Schuyler, sing their hearts out and you’re with them along the way as they lift their beautiful voices. Jared Dixon as Aaron Burr, Marcus Choi as George Washington and Warren Egypt Franklin as the Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson, all bring their great voices, perform and dance on stage and captivate you every time. ‘they are there.

The music is exciting, the staging brilliant and the dancing wonderful. This cast is all multi-talented as actors, singers and dancers. This all comes with the brilliant creative team which includes; Choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, set designer David Korins, costume designer Paul Tazewll, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by Nevin Steinberg, and hair and wig design by Charles G LaPointe.

I left the theater smiling and remembered how great America is and still can be. Buy your Hamilton tickets today and don’t miss out on this experience. It’ll be just as awesome whether it’s your first, second, or third time seeing it.