After watching the original cast at the Public and on Broadway several times, I got to experience the Hamilton tour in Los Angeles at the Pantages Theater during previews and again at the September 10, 2017 show. I’m going one more time in December, but wanted to share my thoughts on the LA production.
The touring production went all out with the set design and costumes. The set design was elaborate, perfectly complementing the choreography. The ensemble was fantastic both times I saw the show, and they utilized the spacing of the stage in such a cool way.
You have to appreciate costume designer Paul Tazewell’s eye for detail, especially with how the costumes subtly change over time to show the trends of the decade involved.
I really enjoyed watching the touring cast put their own spin on the show. Each actor added their own unique flourishes to the characters and songs. Julia Harriman, who was substituting for Eliza on September 10th really captured the spirit of Eliza Hamilton and has an amazing voice. Emmy Raver-Lampman, who was always an eye-catching dancer in the ensemble of the original Broadway cast, made a fantastic Angelica. The entire cast was able to make the material their own rather than imitating others who have performed it before.
Whether you saw the show and want more Hamilton, or you didn’t get tickets, check out my post on how to get your Hamilton fix in Los Angeles.