Seriously, that musical is amazing.
I took a trip up to London to meet up with a friend and go for some ramen, before heading off to the theatre to see Hamilton, the musical about the founding father of the USA, Alexander Hamilton.
I have just got out and suffered a surprisingly packed train (considering it was around 10:30pm when I got on the train and it’s a weekday) and got the bus home, showered and I am now sitting in the warm and preparing to head to bed.
However first I need to talk about the spectacle I just saw a few hours ago.
In short, it was AMAZING!
To break it down, act 1 follows Alexander Hamilton’s journey from nothing, through the American Revolution and becoming Geroge Washington’s right hand man, while act 2 focuses on his downfall and the political intrigue that surrounds him. While my preference is act 1, act 2 was also incredibly well performed!
So, I’ll start with what I liked:
The music. Of course I loved the music. It’s a musical. A musical that I love. I got the shivers multiple times through the performance because I loved it so much. It was amazing. I loved it. Act 1 got me pumped.
The emotional performance. This is an aspect that I loved about it as the sadder moments brought me to tears where just listening to them never did. I found myself crying when Phillip dies, when Eliza burns Alexander’s letters and the ending. Act 2 made me cry (in a good way, similar to how MGS makes me cry. I get emotional).
The cast. No, really, the cast were fantastic. I felt like the vast majority really filled their roles incredibly well. They were charismatic, silly when it suited the tone, serious when things got darker and their singing voices were great. I loved everyone, but I will, however, name favourites:
- Lafayette/Jefferson: The actor who played these characters was probably my favourite, or at least top two with the next. For me, he really stole the show with his performances and had me chuckling at his relatively over-the-top reactions and dorky “happy dancing” at points like when Hamilton supports him over Aaron Burr.
- King George: The King was incredible. He wasn’t kidding at the start when he told the audience to enjoy “his” show. I think everyone in the audience loved it when the King came on stage to sing his parts. He filled the roll perfectly and really made me smile every time he came out on stage.
- The Schuyler Sisters: All three Schuyler sisters were great. Especially my main gal Peggy, the good girl amidst her two sisters who want to go out into the city to watch all the guys at work (work!).
- Laurens/Phillip: Less so for his performance as Laurens, but more so for his performance as Phillip Hamilton, Alexander’s son. He made me chuckle when he rapped for his father, then ran up and gave him a hug, but simultaneously made me cry after he got shot in his duel and died in his parents’ arms. I was crying like a baby in that scene…
However, this leads me onto what I didn’t like about it. Believe me when I say that my only gripe is very minor, as I did really enjoy it, but nothing’s perfect: Hamilton was largely upstaged and out-shone by the rest of the cast. I felt like Alexander Hamilton, who is meant to be very charismatic, just lacked the charisma of the other big characters like Jefferson, Mulligan, Burr, King George or Washington. He could sing well and he had some stage presence, but next to some of the others I just felt like the focus was taken away from him, the protagonist, because the rest of the cast had more presence.
All in all I LOVED it. It was amazing and I’m so glad I went. I think in total it cost me about £100 including train fares and ticket prices, but not including the money I spent on merchandise. What can I say? I needed a shot glass that reads “I am not throwing away my shot!”
Totally worth the cost and I wholly recommend it.