If you’re paying attention to pop culture today, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of Hamilton: An American Musical. This hip-hop and rap sung-through musical written by Lin Manuel Miranda won the Tony Award for best musical in 2016, and it’s become somewhat of a cultural icon. It’s still nearly hard to get tickets to nearly 2 years later. However, now that some of the buzz about the musical has died down, more and more tickets are becoming available, and multiple tours have hit the road, giving people across America the chance to see the show.
So, now that you might have access to Hamilton, is it really worth spending the money to see it? Well, here’s the real scoop about the show — so you can figure out what to expect from it, as well as the reasons why people love it (and why you probably will, too.)
Hamilton is a sung through musical, but it tells the true story of founding Alexander Hamilton, who came to America as an orphan from the Caribbean and rose up to become one of the greatest thinkers and fights in the history of the country. The story traces his romances with the Schuyler sisters, his rivalries with people like Aaron Burr, and his involvement in the war. While the show is based on historical truths, the scenes are fictionalized, sung and rapped versions of what the actual events would be like, giving the audience insight into the real history in a very entertaining way.
The Current Broadway Cast
Unfortunately, the leads of the original Broadway Cast of Hamilton (including Miranda) are no longer in the show. However, the current Broadway cast is still stellar. The cast includes: Michael Luwoye as Alexander Hamilton, Daniel Breaker as Aaron Burr, Bryan Terrell Clark as George Washington, Mandy Gonzalez as Angelica Schuyler, James Monroe Iglehart as Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson, J. Quinton Johnson as a Hercules Mulligan and James Madison, Joanna A. Jones as Peggy, Schuyler Lexi Lawson as Eliza Schuyler, Anthony Lee Medina as John Laurens, Euan Morton as King George, and a slew of actors who cover the ensemble roles and serve as understudies and swings.
Why People Love Hamilton
So, people have been talking about Hamilton for years, but just why is it so popular? We’ve distilled some reasons why people absolutely love the show, so you can decide whether or not you want to make the investment to go see it.
The songs and raps in Hamilton were written to tell the complete story. They rhyme, they’re clever, and they use words in truly unexpected ways. They’ve encapsulated an old-timey story in contemporary language. People listen to the album and finish knowing all the words. If you want to be wowed by writing, this is the show for you.
The music in Hamilton isn’t typical Broadway musical theater stuff. It has raps, hip hop tunes, pop ballads, and more. The music is catchy and it sounds like stuff you’d hear on the radio. People who would prefer pop music to show tunes end up digging this show.
Miranda is able to cleverly show America’s background as a nation of immigrants by having only people of color play the Americans. The cast, thus, showcases a huge variety of ethnicities and races–it’s a melting pot, just like America, and it’s a genius device excellently executed.