I’ve mentioned before that I’m a long-time season ticket holder to the performing arts center here in Orange County. It’s a little smaller, but a spot-on rival to the Pantages Theater in Los Angeles. Every year, I look forward to seeing the six shows included in the Broadway series, and this year was no exception. After last night’s performance of Hamilton, we have two more shows in this 2017-2018 season. And then we start again!
I’m not a fan of the Marvel movies, or the Star Wars installments, and I will gladly let several million other Americans see the movies when they come out. Black Panther, Spiderman, Deadpool, Captain America, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and every one of the Avengers.
This list begs the question: how much original content is there in movies and television today? I don’t go to the movies as often as I’d like, but I pay attention to pop culture (I’m a charter subscriber to Entertainment Weekly!) and I read and hear about all the new things. All the shiny new things that aren’t really new after all.
Anticipating Hamilton and then finally seeing it makes me smile. I now believe there really are people who can create original material. The musical is based on a book about Alexander Hamilton and the format is very fresh and innovative. Rap music, dancing presidents and founding fathers, history at your fingertips. Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda is a genius and is helping a generation learn about the beginning of our country—and how some of the same problems plague our country still today.
I listened to half the soundtrack before seeing the show and my theater-mate Shannon memorized every word. (I swear if they’d offered an audience member the chance to get on stage and sing along, she’d have physically levitated through the air from our fifth-row seats to get on that stage first!) I’m tongue-tied trying to come up with adjectives to describe the show. Amazing choreography and singing. The costumes were beautiful. Aaron Burr was more of a star last night than Alexander Hamilton, and I’m fine with that.
If you have an opportunity to see the show in your area, I recommend spending the extra money if you can. Absolutely beautiful in every way, and you’ll be supporting people like Lin-Manuel Miranda who, as a kid, quite obviously enjoyed his public school arts and music classes.