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Hamilton The Musical: What's the Deal?

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History springs to vibrant life in an original new musical about one of America’s most intriguing Founding Fathers.

As usual, the media is abuzz over the incendiary language and scandalous behavior of a famous politician. But this politician lived over two centuries ago. As revolutionary as the events it portrays, "Hamilton" ensures that no one will look at historical icon Alexander Hamilton the same way again.

Critical Commendation

According to most who’ve seen “Hamilton” — either at its off-Broadway debut at the Public Theater or the current production at the Richard Rodgers Theatre — the show is enamoring. The New York Times applauds the show’s avant-garde style and realistically complex, character portrayals. Musical theater aficionados have hailed “Hamilton” as the harbinger of an exciting new era for Broadway.

A New York Daily News reviewer sums up the show’s impact on the institution by gushing, “With ‘Hamilton,’ Broadway is officially the coolest place on the planet. And the smartest. And most exhilarating.” Several rounds of theater lovers have been lured to the Richard Rodgers by the unbridled enthusiasm surrounding “Hamilton” and, unlike hopeful attendees of past shooting star productions, they have not been disappointed.

Bringing New Life to a Legend

The innovative Broadway musical takes its source material from Ron Chernow’s best-selling biography, Alexander Hamilton. The book tells the story of the immigrant orphan who persevered to become a founding American statesman, advocate of its Constitution, creator of its banking system, and finally become embroiled in scandal that ended with his death in a duel.

Although the elements of rags-to-riches and scintillating scandal in “Hamilton” appeal to contemporary sensibilities, it is the production’s colorful, break-all-the-rules energy that captures audiences and critics alike.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, who brought us the buoyant and profound “In the Heights” in 2008, has created another hip-hop extravaganza with “Hamilton,” in which he also stars as the title character.

Daveed Diggs plays both Thomas Jefferson and General Lafayette, Phillippa Soo plays Hamilton’s wife, Eliza and Christopher Jackson plays George Washington. Renee Elizabeth Goldsberry, Leslie Odom, Jr. and Jonathan Groff round out the talented cast that imbues historical figures with ethnic and emotional diversity — not with the gray-headed stoicism portrayed in the history books.

Although “Hamilton” bears a “hip-hop” label, the show is too dynamic for a single genre, and incorporates jazz and R&B to convey complexities of feeling and musical showmanship. Couple that with vigorous choreography and you have the evocative show that’s inspired the foot-stomping approval of audiences and reviewers.

No Need to Rely on Hearsay

Your stay at the Manhattan NYC is the perfect opportunity to experience musical and national history in the making — the Richard Rodgers Theatre is just a few short blocks away. Relax in a guestroom or head down and socialize in the vibrant, majestic lobby until show time, and then take a memorable walk through the most exciting piece of history to go to theater. Make sure to plan ahead!

(Main image credit: Emily Mathews/flickr; 2nd image credit: Eli Christman/flickr)