The lifestory of Alexander Hamilton, founding Father and New Yorker has been made into Broadway show ‘Hamilton’ and boy is it getting good press and wildly enthisiastic audiences.
Alexander Hamilton who was brilliant, brave and far-sighted but ultimately silly enough to allow himself to be blackmailed and then got himslef killed in a duel with his deadly political rival Aaron Burr. Right now he’s about to be replaced on the nation’s $10 bill by a woman, so as his name is on everyone’s lips again, the hottest ticket in town is a show about his life. Above all else he was an immigrant, a lonely, unloved, immigrant, who made good spectacualrly making him a quintessentially New Yok City kind of man.
When the Republic ws establishing itself it was a messy time politically with factions galore, petty squabbles, intrigue and dastardly plots of every kind. The show bounces along, energized by the colorful narrative of that time, the swiftly changing fortunes of all involved being echoed in a mashup of musical styles and rhythms.
Then there’s Hamilton’s love-life to add into the story line, a mixture of the sometimes sublime, sometimes sordid escapades of this complex man all of which is brilliantly conveyed by a strong cast.
Overall the show is a brilliant re-imagining of the concept of a musical with a mashup of genres that is breathtaking. It puts together Hip Hop, blues, Broadway and jazz into a dazzling display of sound and shifting perspectives that is new and endlessly innovative. Go ands see it. This is one of those shows that doesn’t come along very often. It’s new and so, so good that for years people will start conversations with “Did you see Hamilton, it was amazing”. So make sure you can say ‘Yes’ to that.