Hamilton is a beautiful musical that took almost the mythical tale of the American founding fathers and given that history a new lens. What seems like an odd casting choice for the group of white political figures; actually becomes a resoundingly powerful message of how this is OUR HISTORY. Where racial division divides us, our flawed humanity unifies us. Hamilton fleshes out these figures paints them in a manner that you really can yourself in their shoes or find aspects you find admirable or relatable. I also am really in love with the musical portrayal of Aaron Burr showing someone who went down in the history books as a villain and displaying him as this passive insecure person (I’ve thought of potentially comparing and contrasting the relationships of Hamilton/Burr and Mozart/Salieri because that’s a dynamic that I really enjoy dissecting).
Why can’t we tell the story of the passionate, driven, wise men and women that played a role in shaping America while also acknowledging them as petty, arrogant, and ultimately flawed individuals that they were. It honestly going to be a generation defining musical so I’m glad that millions of people went and watched this and…LEARNED ABSOLUTELY FUCKING NOTHING! How does Hamilton preach the ideas of: putting ourselves into the narrative and that history is important but it matters who tells the story; and people go to show probably the biggest disregard for history in its aftermath. I just get this growing sense that we’re putting such a reductive outlooks of who people were and what things used to be like that most people are satisfied with letting the past die. As they say, those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it so I’m glad Hamilton is a great ode to the fact that there’s always someone’s story to tell. So how are you going to tell it?
Top 10 Hamilton Tracks (no particular order)
- One Last Time
- Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story
- Dear Theodosia
- Wait for It
- My Shot
- It’s Quiet Uptown
- Your Obedient Servant
That hurt, I’m not confident in my list and I’m sure you’re going to let me know why I’m wrong.