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‘Hamilton’ hype is well deserved

By Alina Afzal Qureshy

 A hip hop musical about Alexander Hamilton, founding father, may not sound that great, but Lin Manuel Miranda managed to make those three hours in the theater the best three hours of my life.

Even now, several months after seeing “Hamilton,” I can’t decide what was my favorite part of the show.

The choreography was amazing; every movement conveyed different emotions and feelings. During Eliza’s melancholy solo “Burn,” her sorrow and anger at her husband’s infidelity and foolishness is visible in every movement and word. During Burr’s slick and jazzy solo “The Room Where it Happens,” his envy and ambition are apparent as he circles Hamilton, Jefferson, and Madison – his desire to become a political power player like them obvious.

The costuming was on point, as well. As the show progressed and the characters grew older, their clothes changed according to what the fashions and their circumstances would have been at the time. Eliza and her sisters went from wide skirts at the beginning to narrower, higher waisted gowns at the end. Hamilton went from being a poor youth, wearing darker clothes, to a wealthy war veteran and lawyer, changing into a green silk outfit. Even the background characters had good costumes that helped them to both blend in with the historical happenings and stand out from the main cast.

And of course, the most important part of any musical: the songs. Although I’d listened to the “Hamilton” soundtrack hundreds of times by the time I saw the musical, I still listened as if I was hearing them for the first time. And in some ways, I was; there are many melodies and lines that connect songs, all symbolizing something about Hamilton and his life. For example, the line “I am not throwing away my shot” from the song “My Shot” is repeated throughout the show. The song is all about Hamilton not wanting to throw away his chance at doing something important. These lines signify Hamilton’s endless ambition and drive to succeed. But at the end of musical, during Alexander’s and Burr’s famous duel, he ends up throwing away his shot anyway, shooting at the sky instead of at Burr and dying because of it.

Lin Miranda, of Puerto Rican descent, recognizes the role of immigrants in America, emphasizing that Hamilton himself was a poor immigrant from the Caribbean, and with the line “Immigrants, we get the job done,” in the song “Yorktown.”

All in all, I can definitely understand the hype behind “Hamilton.” It’s an amazing show, with an amazing cast

One comment on “‘Hamilton’ hype is well deserved

  1. Angelina Villarreal on said:

    I would like to say that as someone who was able to see the show I completely agree with you%. Although I had never heard the soundtrack before, I think that just made my personal experience with watching Hamilton so much more of a surreal experience. I fully appreciate that someone else at Steinmetz has seen Hamilton since I don’t know anyone else who has seen it. Thank you so much for your thoughts and review of “Hamilton.” It really makes me feel like Steinmetz also appreciates the arts.

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