|Elijah Malcomb, Joseph Morales, Kyle Scatliffe, Fergie L. Philippe |
and Company © Joan Marcus 2018
You probably know that the musical, written by the unbelievably talented Lin-Manuel Miranda, tells the story of Alexander Hamilton and the beginnings of the United States as we know them today. The Founding Fathers (and Mothers) are played by a beautifully diverse cast of performers, doing every justice to the original production, directed by Thomas Kail, choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler, with music supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire.
The opening number tells the story of Hamilton's youth in the Caribbean up to his arrival in America, in just about four minutes. And from there, the show is off and running, and the audience is all in. The performers on this tour are terrific. Joseph Morales is Hamilton, and we'd actually seen him in the role in Chicago in May of 2017. He was an understudy then, but did an awesome job, which he's still doing now.
|Nik Walker as Aaron Burr|
© Joan Marcus 2018
|Shoba Narayan, Ta'Rea Campbell and Nyla Sostre |
as Eliza, Angelica... and Peggy © Joan Marcus 2018
all while beautifully executing the choreography and being totally engaged with the action. David Korins's scenic design and Howell Binkley's lighting clarify the locations without clutter, and Paul Tazewell's costumes are evocative without being overly complicated.
And of course, the musical itself is a masterpiece. Miranda's use of language is masterful, with references to classic musical theater as well as to classic rap and hip-hop. And his wordplay, with its double and triple rhymes and multiple meanings, is so clever that there's always something new to notice, even after hearing it hundreds of times. The narrative is engaging, both as the story of a flawed hero and of the difficulties of establishing a new country.
|Joseph Morales as Hamilton with the Company|
© Joan Marcus 2018
If you don't have tickets, it's not too late! This page seems to be the best bet if you want to look for tickets on more than one date. You can't look for more than one date at a time, but you can keep going back to the page to check other dates.
And if you just can't justify $180+ for a ticket, there is also the ticket lottery for a limited number of $10 tickets. That's right, see Hamilton for a Hamilton! Find details here and enter every day. Seriously. Someone has to win!
And before or after you see the show, find out more about your new favorite musical by checking out our extensive Hamilton guides: Part One: What You Need to Know, Part Two: So Now You're Obsessed, and Part Three: A Personal Note.