I was able to witness the greatness that is Hamilton on Wednesday evening. Oh em gee, there are not enough words to truly capture my feelings for this show.
In February of this year, I signed up for a conference in Chicago for work. I started looking for tickets online and wanted to attempt to see the show while I was there. After all, my hotel was across the street from the theatre. I would be an idiot if I didn’t try to capitalize on this.
Fast forward to May – my mother told me to find a ticket, and she’d buy it for my birthday. She still believes I am nuts for wanting to see the show without the primary cast, but she would indulge me anyway. I did some investigating and purchased a ticket that was listed as an ‘obstructed view.’ Folks, do your research. I found a website where people have uploaded the view from their seat for specific shows at specific theatres. They can even detail what you may or may not miss if you sit in that seat. I went with a chair that was obstructed, and I lost a tiny amount of action that took place on stage left. My ticket was $200 LESS than seats that were 5 spaces over from mine!
My ticket was for this past Wednesday, July 11th. Ironically, the anniversary of the duel between Hamilton and Burr. I was so excited about the show I was in the lobby of the theatre 45 minutes before the doors opened. I couldn’t sit still in my room. And it’s a good thing I was there early because 20 minutes after I got there, the line was down the street.
I will not bore you with all of the details. I will say the lead actors as Burr and Hamilton were fantastic. I also thought the woman in the role of Eliza did an outstanding job. However, I was not as impressed with the actors in the parts of Washington or Angelica.
To my surprise, the role of King George was very interactive and was phenomenal. I did keep thinking though of how it would have been to see Jonathan Groff in that role on Broadway. I am so sorry I was never able to see that.
For anyone who did wonder, there is no dialogue in this show. What you have on the cast soundtrack is it. Wait, there is one brief exception. However, what you have in the stage production is the flare, personality, and interpretation of the words and music. I loved it and would relish an opportunity to see it again.