In the bustling city of Los Angeles, Hamilton has taken its residency at the famous Pantages Theatre from August to December 2017. Amongst the stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the tales of our Founding Fathers are shared with the audience through an 11-Tony Award Winner production.
Hamilton began its production in February of 2015, and was quickly brought to Broadway in New York that August. From there, it began selling out shows in Chicago and then all across the United States. Tickets are now hard to come by and expensive if you can get them, usually ranging between two hundred and three thousand dollars.
“I am going to see Hamilton next year,”said Gabrielle Pate from Texas. “I am surprised we were able to get tickets. In fact, this year, we bought season tickets just to make sure we got in to see this musical.”
Lin-Manuel Miranda is the mastermind behind the script, the music, and the lyrics for Hamilton. On Broadway, he plays the lead character of Alexander Hamilton (not in LA) telling the story of his rise through politics and then his demise brought so swiftly by his lifelong rival Aaron Burr, played by Joshua Henry.
Miranda weaves the rich history of the Revolutionary War and our Founding Fathers of America with modern song and dance. Rap is the main genre used in cadence, but pop and show-tunes-esque style songs can also be heard. The music of Hamilton has had huge acclaim since its release in October 2015, which made it to the top of the Billboard 200.
“This play was different from others that I have seen, such as Cats or Man of La Mancha, due to its historical factors and the change of music.” said Barbara Robertson. “Usually, show-tunes are catchy but this takes it to a different level that some may not be used to in the theatre.”
The Pantages boasts a gorgeous theatre with high-domed ceilings and chandeliers, as well as royal red seats for almost three thousand people. The theatre acts as the perfect setting for the historical musical, where the interactive stage blends and moves to highlight the actors in the best possible way.
Away from Broadway, the Hamilton cast changed to reflect the move. Understudies of the original cast are used in this production as well as a few of the main stars. For the performance on October 8, Joshua Henry, a returnee from the Chicago production, wowed the crowd with his performance as Aaron Burr, the man who killed Alexander Hamilton. His performance carried the musical along, adding the drama needed for the play.
The cast was mind blowing altogether, but several stood out as the stars of the show. Rory O’Malley is cast as the reigning King George of England. His show-tune segments brought much laughter to the audience to put a light-hearted spin on the oppression of England during the Revolutionary War.
Easily, the star of the night was Emmy Raver-Lampman, who plays an almost irrelevant character as Angelica Schuyler. Her spunk kicked
it up the fire throughout the musical, whether she was singing alongside her “fellow sisters” or sharing brief moments with Hamilton himself. Her character ends up moving the musical along in the direction it needed to go.
The cast of Hamilton has also been known to stand up for current issues in politics due to the political aspect of the play, as well as having a mostly minority filled cast. This has brought much popularity; especially with the lyrics covering the topics of immigration so heavily has the precedent of our American nation.
Hamilton has become one of the most talked-about musicals for a reason. It takes a stab at current politics by teaching us a history that many do not know about our Founding Fathers. It has made history hip for those of all generations with its modern music and lyrics.