Filmed with the original cast at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in 2016, Hamilton
debuted on Disney+ on July 3. While originally slated for an October 2021 theatrical release, Disney moved the film up a year and a half due to COVID-19.
Before I watched this recording, I had very little exposure to Hamilton.
Of course, I had heard everyone in the world raving about it for years. However, I didn’t know the story, nor did I know any of the songs. I went into it essentially blind. While this film could never fully capture the raw energy of seeing it performed live, Hamilton
provides a great opportunity for those who have sat out this cultural zeitgeist thus far to now jump on the bandwagon.
tells the story of “Alexander Hamilton, Alexander Hamilton” played by Lin-Manuel Miranda. In grand fashion, Hamilton
depicts the formation of the United States as it declares independence from King George (Jonathan Groff), and its journey as it establishes a new government. Through this, we learn of Hamilton’s own personal shortcomings, as well as his rivalry with Thomas Jefferson (Daveed Diggs).
is a truly unique musical. It blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B, and classic Broadway together for an array of electric and pulsating songs. Lin-Manuel Miranda, as the show’s writer, is an absolute genius. I first became a fan of his with