Amazing concept, poorly executed!
I came all the way from London to see Lin-Manuel perform this musical, it was my daughter's birthday present (she is only 10 and knows the whole musical by heart). To my surprise four of the original cast were not performing any longer. I paid a exuberant amount of money with the promise to see award winning performers and in exchange I saw a musical which concept was amazing but with actors that could not execute it properly. The actor that plays Hamilton CAN'T rap, which is the whole point of the musical. He was trying to sing instead and his performance, specially in the last monologue, which is one of the most touching moments of the musical was very poor. The new Aaron B. showed potential but he was out of breath in the first song. The new Thomas Jefferson/Lafayette is a great actor amazing energy, but came in late in lots of his parts, which makes me wonder if the sound system had a delay for the actors. Again it's a genius idea, but the new cast needs serious consideration. I'm just hoping the casting in London is done properly, just like it was for In The Heights. I hope I can make it up to my daughter one day :(
Music Great BUT........
I was fortunate to see the show 3 times with the original cast. They were terrific. They were all fluid and perfectly intertwined. Now that the Tony winners and many of the original dancers have left, the understudies have filled the void. While they tried, it just wasn't as good. I saw the show with 2 different under studies replacing the incredible Daveed Diggs who played Lafayette and Jefferson. In my opinion, their attempts to imitate Daveed just didn't work. It looked forced and unnatural. My biggest complaint though is with the inconsiderate theater goers who come back from intermission 5 minutes AFTER the second half starts forcing everyone to get up to let them get to their seats. Or the whispering during the show. Or the cell phone that's on with its distracting light. If you don't want to be aggravated with someone crawling over you, get a seat in the middle of any row. On the aisle, you'll be jumping up and down repeatedly. For what they're charging for these seats, the audience deserves better. And next year the price goes up to $850 for the orchestra and no original cast......no.
A Night to Remember
Hamilton lives up to much of the hype that surrounds it. While there were small moments that I felt the cast didn't put 100% into the performance, I was overall amazed by the production. From the lighting and set design to some amazing performances by the cast (including an understudy for George Washington who I think stole the show and beyond perfect performance by Rene as Angelica Schyuler), you will leave the show feeling both excited about what you've just seen but heartbroken by the ending of the story. It is definitely one of the best shows I have ever seen.
This was the absolute best musical I have ever seen. From beginning to end I was blown away!!!! The powerful and emotional singing of all the actors; the ensemble's mesmerizing movements and dancing; the addicting musical score and the beauty of the stage lighting made this the highlight of my life. Thank you to everyone involved!
The show was even better than I expected. Wonderful. I'm already looking for tickets to do this again!
I want to go back in the room where it happens!
This was completely amazing and I can not wait to go again. Went by so fast, Javier was awesome. The new Aaron Burr was great. Lexi Lawson was super. Bravo to the cast and the orchestra. I don't know how they put this together. I know why it took 6 years to write, it was a work of art.
Hamilton was awesome!
Hamilton was awesome, from the opening to the finale. I just can't believe how difficult the Richard Rogers theater was to get around. Definitely not for the people who have walking difficulties. The steps are steep and no elevator! They only have bathrooms on the first floor, so the lines were very long. Thank goodness the show was spectacular, for I will not be returning to this theater. The four stars is for the show not the theater.
Hamilton is an awesome experience!!
Hamilton is an amazing show. Even if you are not into Broadway musicals you should see this one. The modern music and multiracial cast make it fresh and fun. Plus you might learn a little about our country's history to boot! Even with the change in cast recently, the show still exceeds its hype. A MUST SEE!!
I read the book and Hamilton- revolution which gave a lot of insight into the incredible lyrics and other details. People cheered every number, all were so well performed, more than at any other show I've ever seen. I think I'd have appreciated it less without having the background knowledge. It was extraordinary on so many levels but listening to the cd and having everything in my head made it more memorable. Since people need to wait so long for tickets, I recommend they prepare before for the ultimate experience. I am sure that anyone without prior knowledge enjoyed the show also but not on the same level.I
Disappointed in the lead
We saw the show last night. I bought tickets nine months ago and was disappointed when half of the original cast left last month. But, I had heard great things about Javier Munoz so was excited to see him perform. However, for our performance, it was Javier's understudy and I felt he did not carry the show. He was flat, with little emotion. Definitely a talented singer, but for the hip hop parts it was monotone and spoken. The rest of the cast was excellent. However, I left very disappointed after waiting so long to see the show, paying through the nose for tickets, and incurring considerable travel expenses to get to NYC.
“HISTORIC. HAMILTON is brewing up a revolution. This is a show that aims impossibly high and hits its target. It's probably not possible to top the adrenaline rush. A MARVEL." – Ben Brantley, The New York Times
“BRILLIANT. HAMILTON is one of the most exhilarating experiences I’ve had in a theater. Bold, rousing, sexy, tear-jerking and historically respectful — the sort of production that asks you to think afresh about your country and your life.”- David Brooks, The New York Times
“HAMILTON is the most exciting and significant musical of the decade. Sensationally potent and theatrically vital, it is plugged straight into the wall socket of contemporary music. This show makes me feel hopeful for the future of musical theater.” - The Wall Street Journal