Subject to my opinion, of course. 😉
What’s up everyone? I’m back with another post. (p.s, I really hope you’ve been having a lovely week.)
So the reason behind this post comes from the moment I was engaged in my usual activity of listening to The musical, when I realized I’d never talked about it on my blog! Well, I obviously had to change that. Thus, this post is born.
Well, what is the best musical ever, you may ask?
H A M I L T O N.
But it’s true! Granted, this is the first musical I’d ever taken the time to really listen to, and granted, it’s been around for a while now
(2015, if you can believe it), BUT. –
It is phenomenal. I’ve been listening to it for perhaps a year and a half, two years, and I’m still totally hooked. I’ve never been one for musicals, HOWEVER, I must say that I am one for Hamilton. The voices of the actors are incredible (Leslie Odom Jr., anyone? Chris Jackson?
PHILLIPA and RENEE?! ANTHONY and JAZZY?! LIN?! ahem) and the lyrics are so cleverly put together. It is evident that Lin Manuel, the creator of the musical, put so much time, effort, and love into crafting this masterpiece.
So… What is Hamilton?
Hamilton is an American Musical composed and written by Lin Manuel Miranda. The show centers around the life of an American Founding Father, Alexander Hamilton. (Guys and girls and others… THERE’S HISTORY INVOLVED! Gotta love it.) The musical has songs/parts that are both sung and/or rapped.
Why is it amazing?
- There’s an original cast member, Daveed Diggs, who takes on (what I assume to be) an outstanding French accent for Part 1 of the musical. He raps. In a French accent.
- The show will make you go through a roller coaster of emotions. I laughed, cried, felt extreme joy, anger, sadness, interest and EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN.
- The lyrics are quite humorous at times, and it is slipped in there so impeccably that it doesn’t feel forced or out of place.
- While there is cursing, it is well placed, and seems natural to the situation/song the characters are in. It’s definitely not misused, in my opinion.
Any inappropriate content for children?
(All opinion:) Kind of. If you are listening with a child, “Say No To This” is not suitable for children, and “Stay Alive (Reprise)” is very sad. A few songs have explicit curse words (“Washington on Your Side.”)
*Profanity ahead…* Common curse words include damn (very prevalent), hell, and shit. The words “bastard” and “whore” are also used in certain songs throughout the musical.*End of profanity.*
I hate using those words, I apologize, but I’d hate for you (if you don’t believe in cursing) to be playing some songs in front of a child or children and out of nowhere comes a curse word you were unaware of. Just a heads up. Definitely do a little research and preview the soundtrack before playing it in front of kids! Or don’t. It’s up to you. But I’d recommend it.
The Hamilton soundtrack has 46 songs on it, excluding Lauren’s Interlude (don’t listen to it online unless you’re in the mood to cry.) Adding the interlude means that there are 47 songs altogether in this musical about Alexander Hamilton. Who was 47 when he died.
*let that symbolism sink in*
It’s so much fun finding all the added symbolism and references in the musical. If you do some research on the life of some of the characters, it’s even more fun. Pay attention.
So there you have it! Almost 2 years and I’m not sick of it yet. That’s the first time that’s ever happen and possibly the last time it’ll ever happen again.
Thank you to everyone who ever contributed anything to the musical. You, my friend, are fabulous.
Now that you know a little bit about the musical, or are just reading this to fuel your passion for it once more… why are you still here? 😉 Go listen to Hamilton! Let me know what you think.