Even With A New Cast, Hamilton The Most Important Piece Of American Theater
While I’m an avid fan of Broadway theater, there is one musical that has been getting non-stop hype (and commanding exuberant resale ticket prices) since it debuted off-Broadway. This show, unsurprisingly, is Hamilton.
While I saw Hamilton with the brilliant original cast- and once since then- this week I had the opportunity to see it again with the most current cast. Even with all of the replacements- including the understudy that I saw for the lead role- this show is absolutely the most important piece of American theater to date.
By now, everyone knows why Hamilton is such a success. There is the innovative rap music that tells the story of Hamilton’s life, the integration of traditional Broadway songs, the bare bones staging, the brilliant choreography- the list goes on and on.
But what makes Hamilton even more important now is the fact that America is in a period we never expected to be in. Back when I last saw the show was, ironically, election night. When the line “I’m gonna compel him to include women in the sequel” was said, the audience erupted in applause, because they were confident Hillary Clinton was going to be our President. Clearly, that didn’t happen, and now some of the lines and themes in Hamilton are resonating louder than ever in a Donald Trump led America.
Take, for example, the following lines:
- “The world turned upside down”
- “Immigrants- we get the job done”
- “If you stand for nothing… what will you fall for?”
- “Everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig tree, and no one shall make them afraid, alone in this nation we’ve made.”
- “When my prayers to God were met with indifference, I picked up a pen, I wrote my own deliverance.”
- “Every action’s an act of creation.”
- “When you knock me down, I get the f**k back up again.”
- “When you got skin in the game, you stay in the game. But you don’t get a win unless you play in the game.”
- “I wrote my way out of hell. I wrote my way to revolution.”
While there are innumerable more quotes that I could cite, Hamilton is no longer just “a musical.” Instead, in the current world we’re in, this brilliant, beautiful musical is so much more. It is a call to action, a life changing, inspirational experience, and, in my humble opinion, the most important piece of American theater to possibly ever be written.
I urge you, if you are close to a city where Hamilton is playing, run to see this show. You will not regret it. I, for one, look forward to seeing it again and again.