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It's always a challenge to be fair to a play that is based on a book you loved and have read. Ron Chernow, the author of the amazing biography Hamilton, writes with power, grace and authority. The play is a very creative tour de force, but a derivative at best. The first Act could use some work. The second Act was brilliant. Always good to be at the iconic Fisher Theater.The sound system could use some tweaking.
C. Marie from New Orleans, Louisiana
DISAPPOINTED IN VOCALISTS: 3 AND HALF STARS
I went to the Thursday night showing. I get it: the lyrics are fast and tongue twisting and some actors rap with a french accents. However, I wasn't impressed. The cast needed to enunciate their words more. I was shocked the caliber of vocalists weren't as high as the cost of the tickets (I was 14 rows back from the stage). Also, the music often drowned out the voices of Hamilton and Burr (this should be fixed BEFORE the show). In this regard, I felt cheated; I couldn't enjoy the show anymore because I was stressed about IF the cast members would be intelligible in the next scene and IF I'd be able to hear them. I know the lyrics by heart but my family does not, and it was heartbreaking when one turned to me, threw up his hands in frustration and said "I have no clue what they're saying". Solid acting. Beautiful dancing. The Eliza and Angelica actresses NAILED their parts. But the lyrics in particular are what make the show unique and we couldn't hear half of them. I'm devastated.
Ben from Dallas, Texas
Lin-Manuel Miranda has channeled Shakespeare with Hamilton! Each character is real, witty and relatable! This is well worth the time to enjoy musical theater at it's best. Rivals Rogers and Hammerstein and Andrew Lloyd Webber!
Charlotte Web from Hartford, Connecticut
I saw this show in 2018. It’s the best show I’ve ever been to, and I hope to see it again! Would definitely recommend!!
Dan Kilgore from San Antonio, Texas
Lots of hype around the show maybe raised expectations too high. The show was good, but not spectacular. Hard to follow the rap pace, plus the phrasing used in rap, so the story gets lost. Choreography is minimal and the majesty of typical musical numbers just isn’t there.
Have been a season ticket holder for 10 years and would rank this show in the bottom 25% of shows.
Laquita T. from Louisville, Kentucky
MY FIRST SHOW
This was my first show that I have ever attended. I did not know what to expect, but I am a fan. I loved the show from beginning to end!! Nothing short of amazing the cast was so great the dancers, lighting, music I loved everything about it!!!
Marcella Simon from Baltimore, Maryland
BETTER THE SECOND TIME AROUND
I saw it several months ago in London and I came back wiser after hearing the CD a few dozen times and reading up on the history. It was magnificent in Baltimore, the touring company interpreted a few songs differently but it added to the overall production. When people criticize, I don't think they understand it is not meant to be biographical or a social critique of the time. It is an allegory that is based on history. It presents America as a vision and an ideal, that is still alive today despite always being threatened by forces within and without. One that we always have to work toward. To that end, it succeeds brilliantly.
This is what our reviewer, Nicola Quinn, had to say when she saw Hamilton on Broadway in 2015: Lin-Manuel Miranda was inspired by his love for 90's rap and hip hop, and Broadway - it's in this mash-up that we experience music which moves by lyrics, beats
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