ALEXANDER HAMILTON! WE ARE WAITING IN THE WINGS FOR YOU!
In my experience, when my cousin Kyle is obsessed with something, it’s usually a fun adventure bus and I want to get on. Kyle is a huge fan of Bill Murray and specifically the movie Groundhog Day. His theory is that Groundhog Day is the meaning of life. Once you stop thinking about yourself and put others first, everything falls into place. To be honest, that’s a simplified version, but you get the idea.
Kyle started sending me Snapchats (a social media platform you will NOT find on this list) of him singing snippets of Hamilton and changing the words to suit his current situation. I was entertained, but not familiar with the tunes so I dove into Spotify (a platform you very well may find on this list) and took a listen. I was enthralled. It was so incredibly dynamic that I could not help but be hooked.
I quickly became a Hamilhead. I got my kids listening, my mom listening and told everyone I knew they HAD to hear this. I followed the cast on Instagram and Googling the snot out of every little piece of info I could find. I listened to the book the musical was inspired by and based on, I watched the PBS special about how far Lin Manuel Miranda went to write this. Dude, he wrote parts of it in Hamilton’s freaking bedroom. Super legit.
Lin Manuel Miranda, a twittersphere darling, always had witty and exciting things to say. He would post pics of the super famous who would come see his show and visit him backstage. The coolest part of that is Lin (yes, we are on a first name basis) would be star struck every time. This musical writing genius was star struck! It humanized him, and made him admire him even more.
I WANT TO BE IN THE ROOM WHERE IT HAPPENS THE ROOM WHERE IT HAPPENS THE ROOM WHERE IT HAPPENS. . .
If you have been conscious for the last few years, you will know that tickets for this musical extravaganza were next to impossible to come by in New York and THEN they won a billion Tonys (not an exact count) and they were super duper impossible to come by. As I have mentioned, I live in the upper midwest and not far from Chicago, where the first tour decided to land. (Thank God!) The morning tickets went on sale, I was on the computer for two hours (don’t tell my boss) and couldn’t get ANYTHING without obstructed view and I was trying for shows going on months after opening night. It was madness. I gave up. But then, a few months later, my mom called and said “if I got Hamilton tickets the day before Thanksgiving, could you go?” OMG. I would miss my child’s high school graduation to go! Are you kidding?! (Ok, I may not have done that, but desperate times call for desperate measures.)
On the day of the show I was dying with excitement. Kyle had seen it just a week or two before us and told me it was amazeballs, natch. My mom, my oldest daughter and I were going to Chicago and we were going to see Hamilton. For real. The tour. On stage. Live. To make a long story short, it was everything I dreamed and a lot more. I laughed through the first act, cheered at the “immigrants, we get the job done” line and bawled through the entire second act. I experienced every note on the edge of my seat from the last row of the balcony and loved every. Single. Minute.
I DID NOT THROW AWAY MY SHOT!
Now don’t throw away yours! If you are looking to go see this amazing performance or can’t get there and still want to feel the magic, here are a few things to quench your Hamil-love and get further into the show:
- Listen to the soundtrack before you go. Good job. Listen again. And again. And again. One more time with feeling!
- Know that you may not find the humor/sadness just listening. I know I didn’t until I saw it on stage.
- If you really want to find out how it was all put together, the influences, the poetic license taken, how this production came to be, the behind the scenes magic, pick up Hamilton: The Revolution. This book is a beautiful award winning tome of how everything was put together as well as every word of the show with footnotes on where the line or musical inspiration came from as well as historical love notes. If you can’t get to the show, this is the next best thing.
- For a full appreciation, watch PBS’ Hamilton’s America to see how Miranda went over and beyond to make this the ultimate historical experience. (Did I mention he wrote in Hamilton’s actual bedroom?!)
I’M PAST PATIENTLY WAITIN’ I’M PASSIONATELY SMASHIN’ EVERY EXPECTATION!
Get your hands on the soundtrack, the book, tickets to the show, anything. Side note: as far as I know Kyle is single ladies, and significant other screenings will be taken by appointment only.