Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Review: Hamilton

Hey readers!
It's time for my review of Hamilton.
At Christmas I was surprised with a ticket for Hamilton for Boxing Day. This is possibly the most hyped musical of all time and I can gladly say it is the best musical I have ever seen. The music, by Lin-Manuel Miranda, is phenomenal! My favourite songs are 'My Shot', 'What'd I Miss' and 'The Room Where It Happens'. The cast are all stunning and seem to have great chemistry. The cast included Lin-Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hamilton, Leslie Odom Jr. as Aaron Burr, Phillipa Soo as Eliza Schuyler Hamilton, Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler Church, Christopher Jackson as George Washington, Daveed Diggs as Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson, Okieriete Onaodowan as Hercules Mulligan and James Madison, Anthony Ramos as John Laurens and Philip Hamilton, Jasmine Cephas Jones as Peggy Schuyler and Maria Reynolds and Jonathan Groff as King George. The show is about the scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America: Alexander Hamilton. From bastard orphan to Washington's right hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country's first sex scandal to Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy, Hamilton is an exploration of a political mastermind. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Eliza Hamilton, and lifelong Hamilton friend and foe, Aaron Burr, all attend this revolutionary tale of America’s fiery past. The way the story is told is amazing. The choreography is amazing and has a massive impact on the story. The sets, costumes and lighting are all very well done. My favourite costume is King George's. Lin-Manuel is insanely talented and he seemed to have a connection with Alexander Hamilton and personally I think that's what made his performance so remarkable. Leslie Odom Jr. has  such a lovely voice which is obvious to anyone who listens to him sing 'Dear Theodosia'. Philippa Soo, Renée Elise Goldsberry and Jasmine Cephas Jones are outstanding as Schuyler sisters. They could definitely start their own girl group and I am hopeful that they will all get Tony nominations. Daveed Diggs is an astounding performer and is probably one of the best supporting actors I have ever seen in a show. Jonathan Groff has perfect coming timing and a lovely voice. I think that he really deserves a Tony nomination. The show had me laughing and in floods of tears. It's such an amazing show! I could go on more about how much I love it, but I'll stop there. The only criticism I have for the show is that I got so confused with Peggy Schuyler and Maria Reynolds as they were played by the same actress. Until I looked on Wikipedia, I thought that Mario Reynolds was Peggy. Maria plays a crucial point to the storyline, so thinking she's one of the Schuyler sisters confused things a bit.

The featured star of Hamilton is, drum roll please... LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA!

Lin-Manuel Miranda must be one of the most talented people of Earth to have written all of Hamilton and then star in it. He is an astonishing actor, an exceptional singer and a marvellous dancer. He has to win the Tony for Best Leading Actor!

Now for my final verdict on Hamilton. I give Hamilton... 

I know Hamilton is mostly sold out, but the odd tickets pop up every now and then so I urge people to try their very best to see this amazing show.

Join me next time when I will be reviewing Lazarus.

Thanks for reading!

-The Reviewer

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