Hamilton Really is Everything

I went to see Hamilton, and it was better than the hype. After purchasing tickets back in June with the earliest available date being late October, I eagerly power-walked to Times Square this week for the event of a lifetime: Hamilton. This eponymous play about the life and times of under-appreciated Founding Father Alexander Hamilton has redefined Broadway success and the parameters of musical theater. Often narrowly described as a hip-hop musical, Hamilton is a genius smorgasbord of nearly every genre from the past century, with standout jazz numbers and British pop-rock tunes seamlessly melded under the umbrella of musical theater. It's simply...revolutionary (get it?). Hailed by pretty much every news source ever (with rave reviews from The New York Times to The Wall Street Journal) and lauded by an endless stream of celebrity attendees (from the First Family to Paul McCartney), Hamilton is without a doubt the best show I've seen in my entire life. It's all thanks to the brilliance of Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights), who not only wrote the book and lyrics but also composed all the music - and did I forget to mention he plays the lead? Combined with a similarly flawless cast (Daveed Diggs as the Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson is a continual scene-stealer; plus all three female leads kill it in their solo numbers) and a stunning, innovative design (that double-turntable set is heavenly), the show is guaranteed to sweep the Tony's next year.