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Hamilton the Musical
There is nothing as refreshing as sitting down to an exciting musical. A great musical leads you on a path towards self-discovery and accessing the emotions you rarely experience. Based on the life of one of the greatest figures in American history; American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, Hamilton the Musical is an incredible musical that will definitely keep you captivated and entertained throughout the show. The musical takes you back in history to the era of the Founding Fathers letting you learn about the history of the great nation and the vices and values on which it was built.
Due to the incredible talent and the characteristic details displayed in the show, the show has achieved total success both critically and on the Box Office. With the book, lyrics and music done by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the show was largely inspired by Alexander Hamilton’s biography as done by the historian Ron Chernow. The show that has for a while remained popular among musical enthusiasts made its debut Off-Broadway in February of 2015 at the Public Theater. It is also around here that its engagement got sold out. Hamilton the musical was then transferred in August 2015 to Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theater.
The musical commences on act one with a summary of Alexander Hamilton’s early life. It gives a brief coverage of his orphaned life in the Caribbean. Born in the West Indies and out of wedlock after his father abandoned the family at a pretty young age, Hamilton became an orphan after his mother died when he was 12. He pushed his way into the American colonies by the time he was 19 and became a committed activist for American independence.
The first act covers a lot about his involvement in the revolution and fight for American independence including seeking out Aaron Burr, bonding with revolutionaries John Laurens, Hercules Mulligan and Marquis de Lafayette. The act also covers King George III’s message telling the colonists that he had the ability and the willingness to fight for them to submit to him. With the revolution in motion, Hamilton and his colleagues become part of the continental army. General George Washington realized that in order for him to be triumphant, he needed help. He offered Hamilton the Right Hand Man position which he accepted despite the fact that he would have loved a command and to fight alongside the forces.
Hamilton meets Eliza in 1780 at Philip Schuyler’s ball and the 2 wed soon afterwards. The revolution proceeds and despite several petitions to be made commander, George Washington declines and instead picks Charles Lee for the role. What follows is a series of events that include disobeying direct orders, slandering and an order for Hamilton to return home where he receives news of his wife’s pregnancy. Hamilton is given his desired command and he leads the Continental Army to victory at Yorktown and soon afterwards Philip, his son is born.
The second act has Thomas Jefferson return from France to the United States. James Madison seeks his help to put a stop to Hamilton’s financial plan. Madison is of the feeling that the plan gives too much power and control to the government. The merits of the plan is debated at a Cabinet meeting and Hamilton is advised by Washington to compromise something to win the congress’ approval. The act has details of Hamilton’s family, the struggle about the plan and setting up the basis of governance for the United States. It brings out defiance, allegiance, sacrifice and betrayal. This is also the act in which Hamilton meets his demise after being challenged to a duel by Burr. Although Burr wins the duel, he laments to being the villain of the story and to the fact that he has to go down in history as the man who put an end to the life Hamilton.
Ever since the show aired for the first time, Hamilton musical has risen to become one among the most successful Broadway musicals in history. The show that covers Alexander Hamilton’s history and the American Revolution has sold out its entire run. It is a pretty unique show that uses non-white characters to effectively bring out the story of America’s founding in a way that clearly brings out the story but in a unique and captivating way.
The 2015 Off-Broadway production of Hamilton Musical was choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler and directed by Thomas Kail. It premiered Off-Broadway at The Public Theater and was supervised by Oskar Eustis, the Public Artistic Director.
The Broadway production of the show which has been underway since 2015 received its Broadway premiere at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. It is produced by Jeffrey Seller and includes scenic designs courtesy of David Korins. The lighting is done by Howell Binkley while the costumes are done by Paul Tazewell. The sound on the other hand is done by Nevin Steinberg.
Hamilton Tony Awards
The Hamilton has been a rather successful musical that has won the hearts of many. Besides its critical acclaim and Box Office success, Hamilton has also been pretty successful when it comes to awards. The show has been nominated for a record 16 Tony Awards at the 70th Tony Awards. The nominations were 13 categories. It managed to ultimately win 11 of these awards. Some of the awards that Hamilton bagged at the 70th Tony Awards include:
Some of the songs that are featured on the Hamilton Musical.
In the first act
In the second act:
Director of Hamilton: Thomas Kail
Thomas Kail is a world renowned film and theater director whose recent work includes the well-received Hamilton, the musical. Born on the 20th of January, 1978, Thomas Kail has built a reputation for himself over the course of his career. He has won the hearts of many film and theater lovers with his outstanding direction skills and has managed to bag a number of awards too.
Thomas Kail was brought up in Alexandria, Virginia. He attended Sidwell Friends School from which he graduated in 1995 after which he proceeded to Wesleyan University and graduated in 1999. Soon after his graduation from Wesleyan University, Thomas began on his path towards a career in the entertainment industry. He joined New Jersey’s American Stage Company as an assistant stage manager. In 2007 and 2008, Thomas directed 24 Hour Plays benefit performances. He was also the director of A Bus Stop Play by Julia Jordan, a play that he directed in 2007. In the year that followed, Thomas landed another direction role in which he directed Zusammenbruch by Beau Willimon. The plays were both featured on Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre.
2008 was a good year for Thomas Kail’s direction career. He successfully directed In the Heights, a hit Broadway Musical that was critically acclaimed by various critics. For his role in the musical, he got nominated for a Tony Award in the category of Best Direction of a Musical. The musical premiered on Broadway and was officially opened at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on the 9th of March, 2008.
Another notable direction by Thomas is Broke-ology. The musical played between 5th October, 2009 and 22nd November, 2009 Off-Broadway at the Lincoln Center Theatre. The play was done so well that Kail was nominated for an AUDELCO Award in the category of Best Director of a Dramatic Production. 2009 saw Thomas Kail direct The Wiz’s New York City Center’s Encores production. Some of the other direction roles that Thomas has played over the course of his career include Lombardi by Eric Simonson, When I Come to Die by Nathan Louis Jackson which was played Off Broadway as well as Magic/Bird.
Of his directions, Hamilton remains one of the most successful and best performing musicals. Thomas directed the 2015 Off-Broadway production of Hamilton which was choreographed by Andy. Supervised by Oskar Eustis, the play premiered Off-Broadway at The Public Theatre.
Hamilton is a musical that follows the life of Alexander Hamilton, one of the American Founding Fathers. The musical was inspired by Alexander Hamilton, a 2004 biography by Ron Chernow. The play is divided into two acts. The first act features an introduction to Alexander Hamilton with a summary of his early life. We are introduced to his early life as an orphan living in the Caribbean. His father leaves the family and his mother dies when Hilton is just 12. He becomes an avid supporter of American Independence. The first act is mostly about the struggle for independence. The second act features various other details about his life which ends in a duel that turns fatal.
Hamilton Songs – Satisfied
When first listening to it, Hamilton’s Satisfied sounds like a typical song about unrequited love. It begins with Angelica Schuyler’s toast as the Maid of Honor at her sister’s wedding and rewinds to reveal that she fell for Hamilton when she first met him. It would have been easy for writer Lin Manuel-Miranda to make Angelica envious of her sister, but that’s not what he did.
Angelica is the most outspoken, driven and cunning of the sisters, so the song goes through her thought process. She describes herself as “the oldest and the wittiest”, and after deducing Hamilton’s lack of wealth, realises that while marrying him would raise him higher on the social ladder, it would also mean lowering her family’s status. She sees that Eliza is infatuated with Hamilton as well, and introduces the two, knowing she will be left alone.
This could seem like a strategic way to stay close to Hamilton while keeping her own status in check, but a core element of Angelica’s character is her love for her sister. In her verse of The Reynolds Pamphlet, she says “I will choose her happiness over mine every time”, and she does. She lets go of Hamilton to let Eliza marry him, and when news of Hamilton’s affair is released, she travels back from London to stay by her sister’s side.
Satisfied is the only song in Hamilton that conveys Angelica’s inner thoughts, and it’s important to note that her rapping is significant, as she is the only female character in the show to do so. In other songs, she keeps herself sounding composed and pretty. When she raps, she becomes more emotive and honest. This compares the way Angelica thinks to the way she presents herself to others, linking back to her concerns with status. A woman in that time was expected to be polite at all times, but in Satisfied we see that her inner dialogue is as rich and intelligent as the men’s.
Hamilton Songs - Burn
Burn, the beautiful ballad about Eliza’s heartbreak, shows that there is more than one type of strong women. Eliza’s voice is delicate and her words poetic, but just because she can play the obedient housewife doesn’t mean she is weak.
True to the real-life Elizabeth Schuyler, Eliza doesn’t say anything to the press about her husband’s public affair. Her silence wasn’t doing nothing - she burnt every letter he wrote her, making sure that they couldn’t redeem his reputation. By doing this, she cut him where it hurt the most - his legacy. She knew that was what he valued more than anything and used it to hurt him the way he hurt her.
Eliza is significant because of her kindness and generosity, but Burn demonstrates why those traits shouldn’t be exploited. Eliza is soft and forgiving where Angelica is fierce and sharp-edged, but they are two sides of the same coin. The themes of self-sacrifice and determination present in both Satisfied and Burn show the true strength of the show’s leading ladies. Clearly the music in the Broadway masterpiece Hamilton is as beautiful and gorgeous as the entire performance itself. Fans and patrons that get a chance to obtain Hamilton tickets will be forever rewarded with the experience and memories of a remarkable and impactful performance.
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