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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.
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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.
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Of course, not everyone is centered in New York or has access to funds for the very expensive tickets - but you can easily experience Hamilton through its recently-released soundtrack (available on Spotify). At least 95% of the show is composed - there's little dialogue, so you can bask in the glory of the music while following the historically accurate plot line.
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No spoilers for those who snoozed in their high school US History course, but you'll want to stick around for the ending. If you can't dedicate the approximately 2.5 hours to a full listening, some of my favorites include: My Story, You'll Be Back, Helpless, Satisfied, Say No To This, The Room Where It Happens and One Last Time - but really, every single number is divine.
Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to listen to the soundtrack in its entirety for the thousandth time.

Who else is obsessed with Hamilton?

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Currently on a ridiculous Hamilton kick. Can't listen to anything else and I would give anything to go see it.
You'll Be Back is my FAVORITE. Satisfied and The Schuyler Sisters are a close second. I wish I could go see it, but the tickets went so fast and they were over $300. It must have been AMAZING.
I'm still on that Hamilton kick @coyotecrescendo and @funkytown411 YESSS the Schuyler Sisters are the bomb and I just want to recreate their harmonies!!!