Hamilton

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One of the Founding Fathers, Alexander Hamilton's story is an extraordinary one. Born out of wedlock in the West Indies, and orphaned by the time he was 11, he arrived in New Jersey in 1772 to begin his grammar school education. From there he played a major role in the American revolutionary war, rising through the ranks to become an aide to George Washington. But that was only the beginning of the great man's story, with the proceeding chapters in his life taking in everything from sex scandals, fatal duels and the creation of the American Constitution.

Reviews

Don Grigware

Remarkable in every sense of the word. I'm not a fan of hip-hop but within the first few minutes, it helped me clearly understand where the show was heading. A triple threat cast and outstanding staging and choreography.

sweet - Don Grigware - BroadwayWorld.com - ...read full review


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The cast is incredible. The performances are electric, layered, alive in ways that make you feel for them immediately. They make you laugh, and most certainly they make you cry...Hamilton is more than a show, it's a message. It's a shout into the darkness against the darkness we as a country are finding ourselves in. It's important, it's necessary. From the story, to the cast, this is a perfect example of art making a statement and proving just how impactful and needed musical theater continues to be. Go see it. Take your family, take your friends. You will not regret it. You'll be singing it on the way home.

 

sweet - Garon Cockrell - ...read full review


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What makes this so amazing? It is the music – a treat in itself listening to the sound track. The music is energetic and intricate, blending hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and Broadway. There are the rhyming words, which hang together so well that Shakespeare must be nodding in approval. I found that familiarity with the music before seeing the production greatly enhanced my enjoyment.

sweet - Barbara Keer - ...read full review


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“Hamilton: An American Musical,” acts as a spectacular piece of theater, a rallying cry to action and a reminder of unity, making it easily one of the best and most important shows of this generation

sweet - Olivia Mazzucato - ...read full review


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Given the show's record 16 Tony nominations, 11 wins, the mountain of hype that surrounds it, record box-office grosses and the cost of tickets, expectations will continue to be off the charts. All of which makes cloning Hamilton a delicate process. There is no room for an almost-as-good road version of Aaron Burr. These guys have to crush it — and then some. It's a pleasure to report that they do. The production that opened Wednesday night at the Pantages fires like a brand new show — crisp and exciting and full of breakout performances.

sweet - Deborah Wilker - ...read full review


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That language speaks to Los Angeles, a multicultural city that is about 50% Latino and echoes with inflections from Armenia to Iran and from China to Chile. But “Hamilton,” which won 11 Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize, also nods to tradition and is a reminder that theater, which long ago was surpassed by movies for captivating the wider culture, remains a potent force.

sweet - Jeffrey Fleishman - ...read full review


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This specific touring company on display Wednesday night exceeds expectations and feeds the deserved hype and cultural oversaturation Hamilton has been receiving since its inception. The cast makes the foreseeable legacy of the musical stronger and pumps even more soul into the brilliant narrative crafted by Miranda, director Thomas Kail, and musical supervisor Alex Lacamoire.

sweet - Dino-Ray Ramos - ...read full review


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Outside the Pantages Theatre, you can hear the same concerns that have come to counter the Manhattan phenomenon: Fears that the show was overly hyped; stubbornly crossed arms that perhaps it still is. Nevertheless, it's a show that remains a modern masterpiece, operating on the highest level of its company's creative cylinders. This is still the Hamilton that changed musical theater (repercussions: TBD) and its resonance has not eroded with the accolades; to limited surprise, its poignancy has only evolved since 2015.

sweet - Marc Snetiker - ...read full review


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Wednesday's show pulverized any doubts anyone in the audience might have had about “Hamilton's” unique strengths. But what's really remarkable about this show is that it succeeds not by satisfying musical theater's age-old conventions, but by defying many of them.

sweet - Paul Hodgins - ...read full review


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Hamilton, at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, was truly wonderful. It lived up to the hype and was better than I could have imagined.

sweet - Yvonne Condes - ...read full review


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The show matches that sense of urgency, packing so much history and emotion into nearly three hours — including a devastating pair of second-act tragedies involving Hamilton's wife Eliza (Solea Pfeiffer) and son Philip (Ryan Vasquez) that not only pulverize the audience, but reinforce the mystery of how Hamilton's own legacy might continue (as Washington sings it, “You have no control / Who lives / Who dies / Who tells your story”). “Hamilton” is sung-through from beginning to end, sped along by music supervisor Alex Lacamoire's propulsive orchestrations, yet dense in the amount of material it covers, and easy to follow, thanks to its clever wordplay and tight internal rhymes.

sweet - Peter Debruge - ...read full review


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People who have already been obsessing over the original Broadway soundtrack may be disappointed to find the Los Angeles' version's relative lack of bombast, due in part to the sheer size of the Pantages. There is a definite loss of intimacy between those on stage and the audience, especially all the way up in the back of the mezzanine. Choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler also sometimes lacked the dynamism of the music of larger songs like “The Battle of Yorktown”. Additionally, the production was not helped by the orchestra's volume, which occasionally drowned out the singers, including Emmy Raver-Lampman's powerful performance of “Satisfied” as Angelica Schuyler. Nevertheless, the cast carries the show well. - RECOMMENDED

sweet - Jess Linde - ...read full review


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“Hamilton” is a true ensemble musical, and I found myself admiring more than ever Andy Blankenbuehler's choreography, which unifies the cast and translates the drama into physical language that's as lyrical as any of the songwriting. The dancing is heart-stoppingly coordinated with Howell Binkley's lighting, and the tableaux on David Korins' nimble set of exposed brick and wooden scaffolding are etched with rousing bodily fluidity.

sweet - Charles McNulty - ...read full review


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This show is indeed genius. The remaining “how” is how to afford and obtain tickets.

sweet - Dany Margolies - ...read full review


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The sound quality inside the Pantages is presumably state-of-the-art, but (as I predicted in my column a month ago) the live experience also brings aural distractions in the form of audience reactions, especially when there are 2,700 people in the room. Listening to the score in advance  is still the best way to hear and appreciate all of the sometimes fast-moving lyrics and to understand in greater depth what's happening, scene by scene. However, there were certainly moments at the Pantages that I had not yet appreciated by only listening to the score. One of them was the profound silence of those 2,700 people during the pauses as Eliza Hamilton (Solea Pfeiffer) sings "Burn." Another was a cheeky lighting effect in one of the appearances of King George (Rory O'Malley) and his deployment for a few moments outside his own solos.

sweet - Don Shirley - ...read full review


Erin Conley

Hamilton somehow not only lives up to the hype, but exceeds it. Directed by Thomas Kail, it is simply a masterpiece on every level. It is the kind of show that raises the bar for the entire art form of musical theater and the kind of show you feel lucky to be experiencing, somehow aware that because it exists, everything that comes after it will be different. You only wonder how Miranda will ever be able to follow up a project he and the rest of the creative team spent many years perfecting, resulting in a finished product that never puts a foot wrong.

sweet - Erin Conley - On Stage and Screen - ...read full review


Don Grigware

Remarkable in every sense of the word. I'm not a fan of hip-hop but within the first few minutes, it helped me clearly understand where the show was heading. A triple threat cast and outstanding staging and choreography.

sweet - Don Grigware - BroadwayWorld.com - ...read full review


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The cast is incredible. The performances are electric, layered, alive in ways that make you feel for them immediately. They make you laugh, and most certainly they make you cry...Hamilton is more than a show, it's a message. It's a shout into the darkness against the darkness we as a country are finding ourselves in. It's important, it's necessary. From the story, to the cast, this is a perfect example of art making a statement and proving just how impactful and needed musical theater continues to be. Go see it. Take your family, take your friends. You will not regret it. You'll be singing it on the way home.

 

sweet - Garon Cockrell - ...read full review


Avatar

What makes this so amazing? It is the music – a treat in itself listening to the sound track. The music is energetic and intricate, blending hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and Broadway. There are the rhyming words, which hang together so well that Shakespeare must be nodding in approval. I found that familiarity with the music before seeing the production greatly enhanced my enjoyment.

sweet - Barbara Keer - ...read full review


Avatar

“Hamilton: An American Musical,” acts as a spectacular piece of theater, a rallying cry to action and a reminder of unity, making it easily one of the best and most important shows of this generation

sweet - Olivia Mazzucato - ...read full review


Avatar

Given the show's record 16 Tony nominations, 11 wins, the mountain of hype that surrounds it, record box-office grosses and the cost of tickets, expectations will continue to be off the charts. All of which makes cloning Hamilton a delicate process. There is no room for an almost-as-good road version of Aaron Burr. These guys have to crush it — and then some. It's a pleasure to report that they do. The production that opened Wednesday night at the Pantages fires like a brand new show — crisp and exciting and full of breakout performances.

sweet - Deborah Wilker - ...read full review


Avatar

That language speaks to Los Angeles, a multicultural city that is about 50% Latino and echoes with inflections from Armenia to Iran and from China to Chile. But “Hamilton,” which won 11 Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize, also nods to tradition and is a reminder that theater, which long ago was surpassed by movies for captivating the wider culture, remains a potent force.

sweet - Jeffrey Fleishman - ...read full review


Avatar

This specific touring company on display Wednesday night exceeds expectations and feeds the deserved hype and cultural oversaturation Hamilton has been receiving since its inception. The cast makes the foreseeable legacy of the musical stronger and pumps even more soul into the brilliant narrative crafted by Miranda, director Thomas Kail, and musical supervisor Alex Lacamoire.

sweet - Dino-Ray Ramos - ...read full review


Avatar

Outside the Pantages Theatre, you can hear the same concerns that have come to counter the Manhattan phenomenon: Fears that the show was overly hyped; stubbornly crossed arms that perhaps it still is. Nevertheless, it's a show that remains a modern masterpiece, operating on the highest level of its company's creative cylinders. This is still the Hamilton that changed musical theater (repercussions: TBD) and its resonance has not eroded with the accolades; to limited surprise, its poignancy has only evolved since 2015.

sweet - Marc Snetiker - ...read full review


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Wednesday's show pulverized any doubts anyone in the audience might have had about “Hamilton's” unique strengths. But what's really remarkable about this show is that it succeeds not by satisfying musical theater's age-old conventions, but by defying many of them.

sweet - Paul Hodgins - ...read full review


Avatar

Hamilton, at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, was truly wonderful. It lived up to the hype and was better than I could have imagined.

sweet - Yvonne Condes - ...read full review


Avatar

The show matches that sense of urgency, packing so much history and emotion into nearly three hours — including a devastating pair of second-act tragedies involving Hamilton's wife Eliza (Solea Pfeiffer) and son Philip (Ryan Vasquez) that not only pulverize the audience, but reinforce the mystery of how Hamilton's own legacy might continue (as Washington sings it, “You have no control / Who lives / Who dies / Who tells your story”). “Hamilton” is sung-through from beginning to end, sped along by music supervisor Alex Lacamoire's propulsive orchestrations, yet dense in the amount of material it covers, and easy to follow, thanks to its clever wordplay and tight internal rhymes.

sweet - Peter Debruge - ...read full review


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People who have already been obsessing over the original Broadway soundtrack may be disappointed to find the Los Angeles' version's relative lack of bombast, due in part to the sheer size of the Pantages. There is a definite loss of intimacy between those on stage and the audience, especially all the way up in the back of the mezzanine. Choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler also sometimes lacked the dynamism of the music of larger songs like “The Battle of Yorktown”. Additionally, the production was not helped by the orchestra's volume, which occasionally drowned out the singers, including Emmy Raver-Lampman's powerful performance of “Satisfied” as Angelica Schuyler. Nevertheless, the cast carries the show well. - RECOMMENDED

sweet - Jess Linde - ...read full review


Avatar

“Hamilton” is a true ensemble musical, and I found myself admiring more than ever Andy Blankenbuehler's choreography, which unifies the cast and translates the drama into physical language that's as lyrical as any of the songwriting. The dancing is heart-stoppingly coordinated with Howell Binkley's lighting, and the tableaux on David Korins' nimble set of exposed brick and wooden scaffolding are etched with rousing bodily fluidity.

sweet - Charles McNulty - ...read full review


Avatar

This show is indeed genius. The remaining “how” is how to afford and obtain tickets.

sweet - Dany Margolies - ...read full review


Avatar

The sound quality inside the Pantages is presumably state-of-the-art, but (as I predicted in my column a month ago) the live experience also brings aural distractions in the form of audience reactions, especially when there are 2,700 people in the room. Listening to the score in advance  is still the best way to hear and appreciate all of the sometimes fast-moving lyrics and to understand in greater depth what's happening, scene by scene. However, there were certainly moments at the Pantages that I had not yet appreciated by only listening to the score. One of them was the profound silence of those 2,700 people during the pauses as Eliza Hamilton (Solea Pfeiffer) sings "Burn." Another was a cheeky lighting effect in one of the appearances of King George (Rory O'Malley) and his deployment for a few moments outside his own solos.

sweet - Don Shirley - ...read full review


Erin Conley

Hamilton somehow not only lives up to the hype, but exceeds it. Directed by Thomas Kail, it is simply a masterpiece on every level. It is the kind of show that raises the bar for the entire art form of musical theater and the kind of show you feel lucky to be experiencing, somehow aware that because it exists, everything that comes after it will be different. You only wonder how Miranda will ever be able to follow up a project he and the rest of the creative team spent many years perfecting, resulting in a finished product that never puts a foot wrong.

sweet - Erin Conley - On Stage and Screen - ...read full review