Broadway Review - Hamilton

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On this website, I’ve reviewed a lot of movies. But you know what? I’m gonna start a new series of reviews. Since I’m a fan of Broadway shows. I figured I might as well start reviewing Broadway shows. As well as movies. So for my first Broadway review, let’s take a look at Hamilton.

Hamilton is a musical that tells the story of Alexander Hamilton and it was written by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Who played the titular role in the original Broadway cast. The musical has been praised by almost everyone who’s seen it. It even won a lot of awards. I got to see it live at the Pantages last month and I must say, I loved everything about it. I love how well this musical portrays the story of Alexander Hamilton. It does it by using modern music and a lot of rapping. At first I thought it was gonna a musical that tries too hard to be hip and cool. While it kind of is that, it doesn’t bother me. Especially since the songs are really great. If I had to choose a favorite song, it would have to be My Shot. It’s just very catchy. It also kind of foreshadows what happens at the end. Most of the songs are very catchy and they have great messages. Although, if you hate hip hop, chances are you’re gonna hate this musical. There are also some calmer music moments that get pretty emotional. Especially in the second act. The change of tone in the music really sets the mood in the story.

Each musical number is brilliantly choreographed. The Battle of Yorktown scene literally blew my mind. I had the biggest smile on my face while watching that. There are a lot of moments when an actor would stand in a certain spot on the stage and there would be a spotlight that perfectly shines on that spot. Brilliantly staged. There’s also a round rotating platform built into the stage that would be used during the musical numbers. So the actors would just stand and the platform would just have them go from one side of the stage to another. They even had an actor laying on a table and the platform was moving the table. Something that makes this show different from other Broadway musicals is that it doesn’t really have any change in scenery. By that I mean it sticks to one background the entire show. It just makes the show a little more creative in my opinion and gives the performers more freedom. They still use props and change the lighting at certain times when transitioning to another scene. I should also talk about how great the performers were. Michael Luwoye played Alexander Hamilton. While Lin had a little more fun playing the character in the original Broadway production, Luwoye plays the character in a more serious way. He does it very professionally. I thought he did a really great job. Raven Thomas as Eliza was excellent. She had a great voice and great emotion. The stand out performance for me was Jordan Donica as Lafayette. This guy really owns the role. He also played Thomas Jefferson and that was entertaining as well. I also really loved the actor who played George Washington. Every single actor in the musical gave such an amazing performance.

Hamilton is a must see musical! I love how it took history and turned it into something entertaining. I learned a lot while watching this. The music was great, the actors were great, and the staging was great. If you haven’t seen it yet, you should totally see it when it comes to a city near you. Definitely lived up to the hype. For these musical reviews, I’m gonna be rating them by using letter grades instead of numbers to differentiate them from my movie reviews. Anyway, I’m gonna be seeing the Aladdin musical in a couple of weeks. I will definitely be reviewing that. I’m excited.

Grade: A-

Comments

This is awesome, actually. I’m not a fan of theatre, but this was a really good review, you should review other music as well. - visitor

Good review of Hamilton by an
Alexander Disney Fan

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