Since the official opening of the Hamilton musical to rave reviews last week, the internet has been providing us with some gems of Hamilton fan art, memes, and gifs inspired by the show. Here are some of my favorites from what I’ve seen so far! If you’ve seen (or made) others that I should add to this list, hit me up in the comments section or on Twitter @itshamiltime!
Twitter user @drpeccidesign shared some awesome images, juxtaposing lyrics from the show with images of Hamilton. These two were my favorite.
Last week, Publius-Esquire published this sketch of Thomas Jefferson (Daveed Diggs) and Alexander Hamilton (Lin-Manuel Miranda) from the show. (They both look too smiley here to be mid-rap battle!)
She also did this one of Aaron Burr (Leslie Odom Jr.) and Alexander Hamilton (Lin-Manuel Miranda) back-to-back with duel pistols. (This makes me wish that I had some artistic ability!)
On February 18, Twitter user @corellianjedi2 published this image, juxtaposing lyrics from the show against an unfocused backdrop of Hamilton’s face.
Of course, a short Hamilton montage is now available from the Public Theater with some highlights from the show!
Tickets to Hamilton on Broadway go on sale March 8th via Ticketmaster!
After seeing Hamilton for a second time on Friday, January 23, 2015, a few additional aspects of the show stood out to me:
The choreography: Watching the show for a second time allowed me to take in more of the exuberant, dynamic choreography. The amount of movement on stage and the use of all aspects of the set made the Newman Theater seem large enough to set the stage for the American Revolution and the battles over the American founding. Quite an accomplishment for choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler, who also did the choreography for In the Heights and Bring It On. Blankenbuehler gave a brief interview published by Dance Magazine this month that provides some additional insight into his process for developing the show’s choreography
The ensemble was extremely talented and their performances contributed significantly to the dynamism of the performance. Everyone moved seamlessly, enabling the show to transition rapidly through three decades of American history. The performers in the ensemble included: Carleigh Bettiol, Ariana Debose, Sydney James Harcourt, Sasha Hutchings, Thayne Jasperson, Jon Rua, Seth Stewart, Betsy Struxness, and Ephraim Sykes.
Burr as the narrator- Odom’s Burr was a complex, morally ambiguous, and undeniably charismatic narrator. The show furthered his role as narrator by inserting him into various events in Hamilton’s life, Forrest Gump style (i.e. the Laurens-Lee duel, Hamilton’s wedding, the Reynolds Affair). Odom did an incredible job of humanizing Burr and expressing his inner conflicts.
Angelica Hamilton- Renee Elise Goldsberry (who also played the recurring role of ASA Geneva Pine on the CBS show Good Wife) brought her great voice and stage presence to several songs. The deep friendship and affection between Hamilton and his sister-in-law has long been a subject of historical speculation, and although the show took some liberties with history to bolster artistic effect (Angelica Schuyler eloped with John Church in 1777, three years before Alexander Hamilton met both sisters), I thought Angelica’s character worked very well and I enjoyed Goldsberry’s moving performance Friday night.
I thoroughly enjoyed the score and all of the songs and am already excited for the album. Some of my absolute favorites (without giving anything away) were:
“Alexander Hamilton”- way to start off with a bang. Loved this opening.
“You’ll Be Back”- Brian d’Arcy James had insane chemistry with the crowd as the hilarious yet manically sinister King George
“In the Room Where it Happens”- Leslie Odom Jr.’s rendition of the song during the second act was incredibly catchy and also made for some great character development. This is one I’ll be humming all the way back to Los Angeles.
“The Reynolds Pamphlet”- Daveed Diggs’ cocky exuberance made this song.