Invigorating ‘Hamilton’ at the Hollywood Pantages revives 2021 theatre
“Hamilton” returning to the Hollywood Pantages for the remainder of 2021 is the ultimate spotlight to illuminate the pandemic-darkened stage. From the moment the Aug. 26 opening-night audience stopped the show to applaud our hero Alexander (played with aplomb by Jamael Westman) as he entered, to Eliza’s (Joanna Jones) final, soaring and bittersweet notes, “Hamilton” wowed LA once again—definitively resuscitating theatre’s comatose heart.
Though you may have contented yourself with Disney+’s film version of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s already iconic 2015 musical “Hamilton” during the past year-and-a-half, don’t "throw away your shot” at experiencing it in 3D life in this national touring production, including a live orchestra (conducted by Andre Cerullo, music orchestrated by Alex Lacamoire).
Above all, the music and abundant, rhyming lyrics in its 34 songs raise “Hamilton” to the heights it has enjoyed since its New York debut six years ago, before masks and vaccine cards were required to attend theatre as they are now.
But even with those minor inconveniences, nothing is better than the lively energy of an enthusiastic cast and crew and an audience trying their best to give it back to them. We’ve missed that since theatres darkened in March 2020. Now the tour-de-force that is “Hamilton” has ushered in the revolutionary revival of the stage we’ve been waiting for. Don’t miss it.
“Hamilton” continues at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre at 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, through Jan. 2, 2022. Most ticket prices range from $55 to $195 for shows Tuesdays through Sundays, including weekend matinees. Visit broadwayinhollywood.com for tickets and information.