The two hours, three laptops, two iPads and three phones that it took to get the Hamilton tickets were absolutely worth it.
I was one of the lucky ones that got to attend Hamilton An American Musical at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood. I’d like to say that I was ready but the stuffy nose and puffy eyes would state otherwise.
My expectations were high, like I had already pictured the whole thing in my head kind of high and somehow the entire cast met every single one of them. I urge you to believe the hype; I understand that when something hits the mainstream it’s easy to actively avoid it, (I’ve done and I’m sorry Sam Smith) but this is not a thing that you should avoid. Lin Manuel Miranda has created a masterpiece and it is worthy of being witnessed.
I fell in love with the cast album first; I remember the feeling I felt the moment I heard “Alexander Hamilton”. I remember reading the lyrics as I listened to the album because I wanted to catch every single word. I remember getting to “Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story” and sobbing like a baby. So again, my expectations when seeing the production live were HIGH.
Though the cast album was phenomenal; I need you to understand that nothing compares to hearing the music live.
The touring cast of Hamilton is magic in a bottle. Not only were the main cast members extraordinary but the ensemble was breathtaking. Completely aware that I could discuss Hamilton for 7,569 more words so I’ll hit you with some random but necessary things to note:
When Angelica (Emmy Raver-Lampman) sings the second “to the bride” in “Satisfied” it completely broke me and that’s when the tears started.
Every single male lead sneaks in vocal runs in their songs that will have you holding your breath.
I am forever perplexed at their ability to cause me to openly sob in one scene and have me laughing out loud on the very next scene.
The ensembles ability to perfectly harmonize is the reason why I continued to cry as I drove home.
You don’t know heartache until you listen to Solea Pfeiffer sing “Burn”
… and Joshua Henry deserves an entire paragraph. No, Joshua Henry deserves a sonnet dedicated to the magic he exudes on stage.
Again, I have listened to the cast album hundreds of times but it was inside of the Pantages Theater, watching Joshua Henry sing his soul out, that I started rooting for Aaron Burr. Multiple times throughout the show did my friend and I hold hands because we couldn’t believe the power behind the character that Joshua Henry was portraying. Not only were his vocals absolute perfection (and the cause of multiple arm-hair-raising moments) but his acting stole every single scene he was in. Joshua Henry is the reason why I need musical theater in my life, his talent is undeniable and deserves to be shared with the world.
“Look around at how lucky we are to be alive right now”
Hamilton is necessary and if you enjoy openly sobbing in front of strangers, then this is the perfect musical theater performance for you. In terms of the crying, I should probably state that the tears were good ; they were so good.