[Editor’s Note: If at any point while reading this you think, Wow, she’s a spoiled brat, you are correct.]
Yesterday I discussed the process my mom and I went through as we planned to come to NYC (we’re here now!). I’ll be honest: I’m always up for a trip, but I wasn’t super excited about going to NYC again (my mom and I went for a few days in July 2010). The fact that it will be the Christmas season was definitely a bonus, but still, my passion level was at about a 6 out of 10.
AND THEN. A few days later, I discovered the musical Hamilton, and if you’ve been paying attention to this blog at all, the rest is history.
My brain quickly put together: Hamilton is on Broadway, and Broadway is in NYC. Suddenly the trip was a 10 out of 10. I immediately looked at their website, and my passion plummeted to a 0. They were sold out. For months.
This roller coaster of emotion continued. I discovered #ham4ham, a lottery in which Lin-Manuel Miranda and cast perform a little bit to street crowds, then offer 21 front row tickets in a raffle – if you win, you pay $10 (because Hamilton is on the bill). Awesome!, I thought. Until I read on and saw that every single day, an average of 700 people show up to put their names in the raffle. I calculated our odds to be .003%. Noooo. Continue reading
Even though Entertainment Weekly has called Hamilton “the biggest cultural smash on Broadway this decade” it can be hard to convince people to give the two and half hour, 46-song musical soundtrack a shot. For the sake of the joy and inspiration everyone is guaranteed to find in the story of Alexander Hamilton as told by Lin-Manuel Miranda, I’ve created a Cliff Note’s version of the musical’s story, links to key songs included.
[Side note: You won’t see the actors while listening to the cast album, but I think it is extremely important to note that the majority of the actors and actresses are people of color. Miranda himself is Puerto Rican, and the men who play Aaron Burr, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson are black. Hamilton’s wife and her sister are played by a biracial Asian woman and a black woman respectively. I am so in love with Miranda’s goal of telling the story of America’s past with the voices of America’s present.]
Alexander Hamilton was born on a Caribbean island, the bastard son of a Scotsman and a prostitute. He becomes an orphan when his dad skips out and his mother dies, and the cousin who takes him in winds up committing suicide. When he was a teenager, a hurricane devastated his hometown, and after writing about his experience, a fund was collected to send him to America. Dude has a serious chip on his shoulder, and he is determined to prove his worth by demanding everyone’s attention and hiding his self-doubts (“Alexander Hamilton“). Continue reading
A Very Potter Musical is a parody that pokes fun at its subject while never losing sight of the fact that everyone loves Harry Potter. A group of college students from the University of Michigan created a three hour musical and uploaded it in short scenes to YouTube. It quickly went viral and spawned two sequels and a theater company.
The Harry Potter books will always be first in my heart, because they are the foundation for all things Hogwarts. But when it comes to visual representations of the stories, I believe the cheap student-made production far exceeds the multi-billion dollar movie franchise. Continue reading