So, what are you supposed to do for your mom’s 40th birthday? Well, if you’re me, you buy two tickets to Hamilton and drive six hours to Chicago for a day. I have no idea what I’ll be able to pull off next year, but it’s my new goal to top this trip.
Now, for all you Hammies out there… it’s impossible NOT to sing along to the soundtrack right?? (And if you don’t try to sing everyone’s part at the same time, are you even a fan?) Well, that was my biggest issue with actually watching it live. I had to keep my mouth shut through the entire thing. I know every word to this musical. That was rough, but the guy next to me never told me to shut up so I’m taking my win and running.
I was disappointed that I couldn’t get tickets earlier with the original cast in New York, but the Chicago actors did a fantastic job! It was a little weird hearing someone other than Lin sing Hamilton’s lines and Aaron Burr not being Leslie Odom Jr. but it worked.
Seeing the show live gave me some answers to questions I’ve had for a long time too… like the fact that we all know John Laurens dies but we don’t know how or when. Well, go see the show because they answer that question. (HINT: Eliza reads Hamilton a letter.)
The humor in the show is excellent. Small remarks made in the background, facial expressions, dance moves and literally anything the King says or does had me laughing at loud. I would’ve recorded parts but we all know that’s illegal and they don’t let you blog from a jail cell… so you’ll just have to deal with it, sorry.
If I lived closer to Chicago, I’d for sure go see this again and again and again. Right now, I’m waiting on it to come to Nashville. (fingers crossed!) BUT I walked away with enough Hamilton merch to last me until that happens.
And I’m just going to leave my favorite Hamilton line with you because I feel like it:
“Here’s an itemized list of 30 years of disagreements.” -Alexander Hamilton
“Sweet Jesus.” -Aaron Burr
I will forever try to gain this level of pettiness.