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Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Finally Got to See Hamilton!

I have been a fan of Hamilton the musical since I first listened to it on Spotify. As much as I would have wanted to see the show myself, it’s not something that I have not been able to do so I have been trying to be content with whatever Hamilton footage I could find online. Mostly it is footage from their performances of the songs from other places, such as The White House or during the Tony Awards or other award shows. It is not comparable to the real thing, but it was the best that I could find at the time.

When they finally announced the release of Hamilton’s film version on Disney Plus, I was devastated that I could not see it since our country does not have that streaming service yet. I tried finding out if we can purchase the film instead but so far, no such luck. Thankfully, with the help of people with Disney Plus accounts, VPNs, and all that, I was able to watch the filmed version of the musical from the comfort of my home during the pandemic. 

If the music itself blew me away, the film did it even more. The choreography, the images, the acting, they all worked so well together with the music to make such an amazing performance. I loved that the camera angles ensured that you not only got to see the musical from the audience's point of view but that you could see the show up close and personal during the moments that you needed it the most. There were several small moments that I felt would have gone unnoticed if not for the great camera work on this one.

I am so happy that they were able to film this with the original Broadway cast. It gave me an understanding of why this musical has won so many awards and why there is such a magic to it that resonates with the people who have seen it. I love that it is not your traditional Broadway musical and makes it appealing to the younger generation who may not necessarily be interested in musicals if the style of this one was of a more traditional genre.

There are so many great moments in the filmed version. My favorites songs would still have to be Helpless and Satisfied. There is so much about the choreography that was so amazing and as fans have noted, are mirror images of each other when played side by side. The Battle of Yorktown was also another great and impactful performance in the show. Of course, we cannot forget another personal favorite, One Last Time.

Emotionally, I loved It’s Quiet Uptown the most. There is so much going on in that scene. The betrayal that Eliza Hamilton felt when her husband cheated on her, the loneliness and heartbreak that they felt when they lost their son, the forgiveness when they knew that they could only hold onto each other during that time…it was all there. I felt like crying along with them when I watched that part.

The musical is a bit of a long watch, but I was glad that I was able to see and enjoy it with my niece, who is also a fan of the musical (and of Lin Manuel Miranda). I am still hoping that once this pandemic is over, we can watch this musical live. Hopefully here in the country. That would be a dream come true. 

If anyone has news on when we can purchase the movie from wherever, please leave me a message in the comments section!


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