Hamilton

Hamilton

Surely, everybody in America has heard of the new upstart musical Hamilton. Its music has captivated the attention of millions of citizens, and it has created a community of people, many of whom declare this musical to be the greatest of all time. After seeing this amazing Broadway production in Chicago over spring break, I can conclude that this musical, along with the songs and actors, rightfully lives up to its lofty reputation.

The story opens during Alexander Hamilton’s bleak childhood. He is born illegitimately and lives in a very unstable family. Despite this, he reads many books and develops an amazing ability to write. Eventually, the people in his small town of Nevis realize Hamilton’s ability and send him to America. Hamilton goes on to accomplish many great things as a founding father of our country. He wins the war for the Americans at Yorktown, helps draft the Constitution, and, most importantly, creates the banking system for the United States. However, though he was an accomplished man, Hamilton also has many rivals, including  Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr. At the age of 49, Hamilton gets into a duel with Aaron Burr, who shoots and kills him. This brutal ending puts Hamilton’s legacy under a shadow. Hamilton had essentially created the US economics system, yet he did not go down in history like many of the founding fathers. This musical was made  to revive his image and make him a famous figure to the American public.

Unlike many musicals, which use many opera-like songs, Hamilton conveys its fun story in an energetic, rapping hip hop style. It does not rely on extravagant sets or costumes to convey its message, but instead focuses on amazing actors that sing even more amazing songs. The actors accurately convey themes present during certain scenes of the musical. For example, during times of sadness, the actors elicit sympathetic reactions from the crowd by dressing up in black and hanging their heads.  However, a few minutes later, other actors will bring smiles to the crowd by singing silly songs. As is the case with any musical, the main attraction is the music. This is where Hamilton definitely excels. The composer, Lin-Manuel Miranda, spent over 6 years writing this musical, and it definitely shows. The lyrics, many in rap, flow naturally from one verse to another. Hamilton is sung in a clear manner that everybody can follow. Most importantly, the lyrics are historically accurate. This brings a new dimension to the musical by showing that learning history can actually be fun.
Because it tells an amazing story of a determined founding father accompanied with great music and actors, Hamilton has easily become one of the most amazing musicals worldwide. It is definitely a musical that everybody should get to see. Hamilton seems like it will never become old, no matter how many times a person sees it.

 

According to the official website, Hamilton is appropriate for ages 12 and above.