Hamilton: An American Musical is a musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda that tells the story of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. Inspired by the 2004 biography Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow, the show casts non-white actors as the Founding Fathers and other historical figures. This is the filmed version of the original Broadway production.
I’ve been looking forward to seeing this for so long and bought a month of Disney+ purely so that I could watch it on repeat.
I didn’t know all too much about it beforehand in all fairness, I had only seen the amazing reviews. You can tell that Lin-Manuel Miranda is behind the music and lyrics as you can hear a slight Moana melody to some of the songs. He’s such a talented man.
And Renée Elise Goldsberry, wow! Her voice is incredible. I enjoyed finding out that Daveed Diggs was in it too as I’ve just watched Netflix’s Snowpiercer. And Jonathan Groff! I love him. His role as King George III is hilarious. The whole cast is superb and the stage direction is simply mesmerising.
Casting non-white actors as the Founding Fathers and other historical figures, it’s obvious why there are some controversies around the play because of our history, but I love what Miranda has created. The opportunity he has given to POC is something to be applauded, making something that feels so fresh and passionately-created.
I didn’t know much about the story that it tells but it is told it in such a unique and interesting way. The songs are brilliantly written and there’s a great mixture of hip hop, R&B, pop, and soul that make this musical feel modern, relevant and inspiring.
The lyrics tell the story so well and make you feel all the emotions. I laugh at ‘You’ll Be Back’, I cry at ‘It’s Quiet Uptown’, I play ‘Take A Break’ on a repeat, and I can’t stop singing ‘Say No To This’, ‘The Room Where It Happened’, and ‘My Shot’.
I may have to extend my Disney+ subscription just so that I can watch this a few more times.