Hamilton, History, And The Importance of Perception.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hamilton and the real Alexander Hamilton.

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The original cast of Hamilton: An American Musical, at curtain call.

 

By now you’ve probably, at the very least, heard the name of the newest musical to sweep the world and capture practically everyone’s attention. I remember hearing about it back when it made it’s Broadway debut at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York. I saw gifsets on Tumblr, obvious references to the play, images, stories. When it debuted on Broadway it took the world by storm. Admittedly, it took me a month or two to jump on the bandwagon so to speak. I listened to the musical’s album in December, and suddenly, oh, I thought, this is why everyone is raving about it. It’s brilliant. From the lyrics, to composition, to the cast and how they throw themselves into the music and the roles, I found myself remembering why I was so in love with Broadway and musicals and theatre. (I did theatre when I was younger.) But even then, Hamilton: An American Musical, (Or just Hamilton, as I will be referring to it in the rest of this entry.)  is unique. There has never been a musical quite like it, although I hope there will be more in the future, because it’s approach is brilliant. And I will add my name to the list of people calling Lin-Manuel Miranda, the musical’s  writer/composer, a genius. It’s a modern musical that manages to combine old and new, and bring newer (ish) music styles, such as using hip-hop, R&B, rap (HELLO THERE DAVEED DIGGS, A TRUE MVP.), and pure soul and love of music,  to a competitive and epic platform, and pull it off in such a way that the audience is left, if you will excuse the first of the NUMEROUS Hamilton related puns/references in this entry, helpless, when it comes to falling under it’s spell. Add to all of this the absolutely stunning (in every sense of the word and it’s faucets) cast and crew ,(The chorus of this musical is amazing as well.) who threw their hearts and souls into their roles and the play, (HI THERE 16 TONY NOMINATIONS AND 11 TONY WINS! Plus, 3 of the 4 main acting awards went to the play. Daveed Diggs for Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson, Leslie Odom Jr. for Aaron Burr {sir), and Renee Elise Goldsberry for Angelica Schuyler-Church.) and you have an easy understanding as to why this play took the world over.

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What’s that haters? I’m sorry, they can’t hear you over the sound of ELEVEN TONY WINS.

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RIP David Bowie. You, Ziggy, and King Jareth (Especially Jareth for me.) will live on forever in our hearts.

Taking an off topic moment to acknowledge and mourn the passing of a true pop culture and just all around legend.  David Bowie passed away January 10th, after a battle with cancer. I am completely blindsided with this. I didn’t even know he had cancer to be honest. I hadn’t read up on him lately. He was so many things to so many people, but to me, personally, I will always remember him as King Jareth. And the world without King Jareth seems rather bleak to me. At least for awhile. The world lost a legend today, and the world is indeed in mourning.

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So long King Jareth, and know you will be missed dearly.