The idea came into Lin’s head while reading the 2004 biography on a man he believed embodied hip-hop. In 2009, he was invited to a poetry jam at the White House. He performed a song about the first Treasury Secretary. Everyone laughed. Six years later, on February 17, 2015, the show came in with a bang. Hamilton is a show with rap and hip-hop. It’s a show where everything is sung, and music is the best way to tell history. It started off-Broadway, but by August 2015, it moved to Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theater. In 2016 Hamilton set a record for 16 Tony nominations, and won 11 of them.
I’ve always loved Broadway. But I didn’t start to appreciate it until spring of 2017. I had heard of Hamilton before, but didn’t bother to take a look at it. One day, a friend told me that I should listen to it, just one song. That day, I went home and I listened to the opening song. Now, I usually listen to the soundtrack of a Broadway show after I see it. Then I will listen to a different one after seeing another show. Although, after listening to that first song, I could tell that something had stuck with me. I started listening to more and more of it. Soon enough, I became obsessed. By the time I had gone to camp, I had memorized a lot of the songs. At camp, I met many people just like me. Some of them even went to see the show. Talking to them forced my urge to see the show to grow and build. After getting back from camp, I would always ask my mom, “Did we win the lottery?” “Were you able to get us tickets?” In addition to chorus, I joined a small singing group at school. There was always music playing. Hamilton was almost always on.
One day, after school was over, I headed over to the club meeting I had that afternoon. I checked my text messages. I saw that my mom had sent me many Hamilton stickers. Then I scrolled down and I saw the words, “Guess what.” I had already guessed, but I still felt the need to call her. It rang, and rang, and I waited for her to pick up, but it went to voicemail. I began to freak out. I ran outside and called again. Ring, ring ring, ring ring…then it stops. For just a moment, there was silence. But, then I could hear her voice, “Tomorrow night, WERE GOING TO HAMILTON! WE WON THE LOTTERY!”
I was bored out of my mind. We had ran to catch the train, and now it was just sitting. Because of switch problems, our train wasn’t moving. Then, of course, when we did finally move, the train moved backwards. I looked at my watch, it was 5:25 pm. The show was going to start in almost one hour. After a little bit more time the train once again began to move forward. When we arrived at the station, we immediately started walking to the theater. The place was amazing. The Hamilton logo was everywhere around the building. We were the first ones in line. Don’t get me wrong though, the place was filled to the brim with people within the next ten minutes. When we got inside the theater, we got our tickets. I got a sweatshirt, then we got some water and M and M’s.
I slowly walked into the theater and laid my eyes upon the stage. It was magnificent. There was no curtain, no set changes, just the stage, and one set. We walked down the aisle along the orchestra. We were in the second row, middle seats. I have never sat so close that I could see the actor’s sweet. We were front and center. It wasn’t much time before they started the show. The first act mainly focused on introducing the characters. The first act kept going back and forth between Hamilton’s personal life and him fighting in the war. I absolutely loved the music! I have never seen a show that mixes rap, hip hop, and the traditional style of Broadway music. Even though I had listened to the soundtrack many times before going to the show. Although I was already familiar with the show, the way I saw each song changed because I was able to see the actor’s expressions on their face. It changed the whole meaning of the song. Some of the most popular songs are in the first act. Because the first act mainly introduced the characters, it didn’t really follow a storyline for the most part.
In the second act, three characters are gone and three new ones come in. You can probably guess that it’s the same actor playing different roles in different acts. During this act, it follows more of a storyline more than the previous act. What I discovered here is that it kept switching between Hamilton’s personal life and politics. I definitely think that the second act was better than the first. Also, my favorite song is in that act was“The Room Where It Happened.”
It was such an amazing show! I would definitely suggest to start listening to the music.
“I’m past patiently waiting. I’m passionately smashing every expectation. Every action’s an act of creation. I’m laughing in the face of casualties and sorrow. For the first time I’m thinking past tomorrow.”-Lin Manuel Miranda aka Alexander Hamilton