'Hamilton' Is A Very Good Musical and Only That
I went to see Hamilton last night. Yes, I was one of the lucky ones to procure a ticket at face value and not have to wait until 2016 to see it. Arriving to the theatre, I had high expectations given the buzz that's been surrounding it. After all, it's was the New York Times that stated:
"Each element in the show is a jewel, and the whole is bold, rousing, sexy, tearjerking and historically respectful — the sort of production that strips things down and asks you to think afresh about your country and your life."
With praise like that, I was ready to be reborn in the church of Lin-Manuel Miranda. As the show began, I was immediately impressed. By intermission, I knew that it was indeed a very good musical. By the end of the show, I felt the same way. It was a great show. But something was missing....
Was my mind blown? Spirit re-awoken? Did it change my life?
No....it was just a very good musical.
There are going to be two types of audience members who walk out of Hamilton. The first will be the folks who agree with everything they've been told from the Times, Variety and every critic out there. The second will be the folks who will agree with the first audience members, because they don't want to be the ones to say they weren't that impressed with it.
Behind the hype and spectacle, Hamilton is a show with phenomenal lyrics, good music and above average choreography. It doesn't re-invent the wheel or present something that's never been done before. What it does do, is take many of the elements you love to see in musical theatre, combine it with Caucasian friendly hip hop and mixes it all together in a nice package.
I can already see the Hamilton-Heads? Hamiltonians? Whatever they want to be called, I can already see how militant they are becoming to lash out against anyone who doesn't recognize the brilliance in this musical that they do. It's like Rent all over again.
Look, if you don't think Hamilton is all that it's been told it is, if don't think it's revolutionary or that it's going to change the way we look at theatre, that's okay. I agree with you, as I'm sure many others do too. In fact, I'm sure they would've voiced their opinions too, if not for the wrath of the Hamiltonians.