• Cecilia Ridgeway

“I’m not throwing away my shot!” Hamilton review

Hamilton came to Madison’s Overture Center this fall! Hamilton is a Broadway musical, famous for not only using rapping to teach history but also because of its extremely diverse cast. Hamilton was written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, who also starred in it as Alexander Hamilton, “a founding father without a father,” as the musical stated in the opening song. It premiered on January 20th, 2015. The musical is about Alexander Hamilton, a smart young adult who loves to read and write but can be a bit conniving. He was a real person who lived during the American Revolution, born in Charlestown Nevis Island. After a hurricane hit his island, he was sent to the colonies to attend college and earn an education, but that’s not what he wanted. He dropped out of college just a few months before he graduated to join the American Revolution where he became George Washignton’s “right-hand man”. Hamilton was performed at the Overture Center from November 19th through December 8th, which excited many fans.

Even though it wasn’t the broadway voices that many had known, most of the cast blew the audience's mind, with their creative dance moves and angelic voices.

I was very excited and almost started crying just from the fact that I was actually there seeing this iconic show. I was probably most excited when the Schyuler sisters, Hamilton’s future wife and her family, came onto the stage. Their entrance was so fast I almost wish I had more time to enjoy the sister trio, but their song made up for that by showing off their amazing vocals. I thought Peggy Schulyer’s actor was really great, and even though I couldn’t see their faces, I could tell that she didn’t upstage her sisters yet she still had an important presence.

I was a bit disappointed by the Alexander Hamilton actor even though he was the main character. He didn’t show much emotion in his voice and I was left wishing it was someone else playing him. I was a bit surprised that the show didn’t have any dialogue, but I got used to it flowing into each song consecutively pretty fast.

While I was underwhelmed by the Hamilton actor, I was pleasantly surprised by everyone else. Every time an actor belted out a note or made me laugh my heart skipped a beat. The stylings of Hercules Mulligan, Marquis de Laffayette and John Laurens definitely left the whole house cracking up. “The acting and singing was phenomenal and the emotions the actors displayed hit just right to get the same emotions and reactions out of the audience,” Natalie Mullen (9) said.

If I was going to pick one actor who was my favorite in the whole show I would have to pick Elizabeth Schuyler, Hamilton’s wife. Her voice was so sweet and pretty. It soothed me but empowered me at the same time. I could always tell what she was feeling just by her voice, like when she met Hamilton for the first time or when he publicly announced that he had cheated on her. Especially when Phillip, her son, died, I felt completely heartbroken, and even shed a few tears.

Overall, my Hamilton experience was really amazing. It’s not every day you get to time travel through history, and I’m glad I got to experience it through a musical.

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