It’s only January 4 and I’ve already checked an item off of my bucket list. Take that, 2017!
Hamilton did not disappoint despite all the hype. It’s everything it’s said to be and more. The book, lyrics and music by Lin-Manuel Miranda is a masterpiece and will withstand time to be one of the classics decades from now. When you have something like this to work with, especially the vividly drawn characters, whether it’s the original cast or whether it’s in New York matters a lot less.
It’s great theatre in all aspects: the entire cast, the ensemble, the stage/set/prop/costume design, the lighting, the orchestra, the choreography. There’s not a single lull throughout the show. Every number is engaging (and sometimes simply brilliant) as written, spectacular as choreographed, and breathtaking as performed.
It may also be the last musical I’ll ever see since Hamilton has in effect ruined all future musicals for me.
Here’s to Hamilton being, hopefully, the beginning of a new life for musical theatre.