Yesterday I got to see an amazing piece of art: Hamilton the musical!!!!!!!!!!
I’m still a bit in shock that it happened at all; it was only figured out that we could go about two days before the show and it was such a good decision on our part!
Hamilton is one of the few shows that I knew basically everything about it before actually seeing it and weirdly enough I’m glad that I knew so much about it. I would’ve expected to feel no big difference seeing it live versus knowing the songs and seeing videos online- with most musicals I typically only know a couple of songs and maybe have watched a video or two at most before I see it out of fear of this.
I couldn’t have been more wrong.
Seeing it live was breathtaking and reminded me yet again how live theatre is one of the most impactful experiences you can have in terms of art in my opinion. I’m glad I knew so much about it because I could appreciate the show that much more. Hamilton has so much going on between all the rapping, the character changes, keeping up with the historic plot, and the incredible choreography (as a choreographer myself I was completely mesmerized by the ensemble dance), so it was nice to have some background knowledge so I could take in all the little things going on as well. Things like costume changes, visual metaphors, the way the choreography emphasized the words, etc were things I would’ve completely missed without background knowledge.
It pays off to do your research I guess.
I can’t get over either something my mom said in the car ride home. She said that this would be a musical we’d end up taking our kids to one day. It was a crazy thought first of all just to imagine us (my sister, best friend, and I) with kids, but also crazy to think about time like that. The way art can survive generations and still be just as powerful. My mom compared it to Les Miz for her in terms of how she saw it as a kid when it came out and it’s still around and doing great today.
It’s pretty cool to think we got to watch a show about history that’s also making history.
Kind of ironically on the note of history, writing this blog was the first time I ever almost repeated a title of a blog post of mine. I was going to title this post, “Making History with History,” but it turns out I used this title for a post I made about this time last year also about Hamilton from right after the Tony awards. History really can repeat itself…