In this song Mad King George III sings a creepy love letter to his restive colonies threatening to send troops to keep the relationship going. The song deliberately riffs on multiple Beatles songs as a reference the 1960s pop style known as the “British Invasion.” Yup, the British Invasion. Clever Mr. Lin-Manuel Miranda, clever. Speaking of who’s clever,… Continue reading “You’ll Be Back”
This song presents a public confrontation between Bishop Samuel Seabury speaking out about the dangers of starting a war for independence and our hero Alexander Hamilton. The debate actually happened, but took place through a series of anonymous pamphlets. Seabury wrote under the name “A Westchester Farmer,” and Hamilton’s response was titled “Farmer Refuted” (and… Continue reading “Farmer Refuted”
Burr rejoins us as narrator to introduce us the Schuyler sisters: the pivotal Angelica and Eliza…oh, and Peggy. Poor Peggy doesn’t get many lines but it’s only a matter of time before someone comes out with a hit show telling Hamilton from her perspective, as “Wicked” retold the Wizard of Oz….
The opening song had Hamilton born, orphaned, losing another guardian to suicide, surviving yellow fever and a devastating hurricane, and spending his early teens thriving in business and as a writer to the point where his community decides to send him to study on his own in America. Then, for three songs in a row… Continue reading “The Story Of Tonight”
My Shot is Hamilton’s “I want” song, the one you know from every Disney musical. (Think Ariel singing how she wants to be “part of our world” in The Little Mermaid or Frozen’s Elsa singing about self acceptance while she magically builds herself a palatial ice condo after moving out of her folks’ place.) In… Continue reading “My Shot”
My 7-year old twin boys were the ones to introduce me to Hamilton. Thanks to the ease of asking Amazon Echo to repeat a song and their early love for this one, the first month or two that I heard Hamilton it seemed the show was just this song over and over again. Which as… Continue reading “Aaron Burr, Sir”
The opening song sets it all in motion and covers the first 16 years of Hamilton’s life. I guess you’ve got to move fast if you are going to turn a 800 page history book into a two-and-a-half-hour show, even if it does pack more than twice as many words into every minute as most other… Continue reading “Alexander Hamilton”
Curious what the Hamilton fuss is all about? Or do you already love it but don’t have the chance or the Ben Franklins to see it live in New York or Chicago? If so, you’re in the right place. Come on in for a virtual performance over the course of the next month and a… Continue reading Opening Night