Top 5 best moments from the Broadway musical Hamilton
As a theatre kid, I was of course thrilled when I heard that they were going to be showing Hamilton on Disney+. Hamilton is an iconic, moving and inspiring show, one that seems to have affected all kinds of people from all walks of life. It speaks to the immigrants and ambitious, it has the perfect mixture of heart wrenching emotion, pure musical bops, and humor. And millions of people listen to the music on a daily basis. Not only that, but it has taught many about a pinnacle time in American History. And it is primarily performed by POC. As an ambitious dreamer myself, I often listen to Hamilton, and I’m not ashamed to say that many of the songs make me weep. So, thank you Lin Manuel Miranda, you have made something incredible.
Every King George moment
Jonathan Groff unleashes his inner comedy genius when he plays King George, with just the right sprinkling of scary. He is only on stage for nine minutes, but he definitely makes his mark! His songs are the perfect song to sing to your cat, when they reject your snuggles, which I have done.
The room where it happens
Leslie Odom Jr is nothing short of remarkable in his performance as Aaron Burr, and I truly had to stop myself from making this entire list about him. In fact, you could make a list for each individual cast member! Watching Leslie, you are shown a whirlwind of intense emotion, as an actor he excelled in displaying raw emotions of guilt, fear, love, ambition and longing. But his talent doesn’t stop there, in his songs his musical talent is apparent, especially in The Room where is happens, an energetic Jazz number, that get’s you moving and feeling.
Guns and Ships
Daveed Diggs does an incredible job, with his TWO roles, playing Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson. Both of which are incredibly energetic, and passion-fuelled roles. He adds a beautiful layer to the musical, a sense of humour, completely different from King Georges role. And whenever he is on stage, you are sure to be captivated by his performance.
Phillipa Soo is responsible for many tears, in a good way. Her singing ability is stunning, and it is especially shown off in Burn. And her tears for Phillip, could move even the coldest hearts. But none of the moments in the show has left people talking quite like her gasp at the end. Many people have speculated what you meant and have added their own spin to the story. Some say It’s Eliza seeing their Legacy, which is arguably the main theme of the musical, and others say it’s Eliza seeing Lin on the other side of death.
Lin Manuel has commented on it saying “I think it’s different for each Eliza. I think those are all valid and all fair. I do think she is seeing across a span of time in that moment
The world was big enough
This song is about the time were I am hyperventilating, especially when Hamilton is repeating the line “I’m running out of time”. That sentence resonates with me greatly, and I bet It does for a lot of people. It sums up the trials of the story in this sequence and is portrayed beautifully by Lin and Leslie, both giving their hearts completely to the performance. And there is a moment during Leslie’s line that never fails to chill my entire body, you will no it when you see it.
It is an interesting character study in what makes a villain and what is a villain. It is also again a dive into legacy and the almost insatiable need many have for it. The need to leave your fingerprints.
Hamilton is a very important musical, and if you haven’t seen it, then please do it. And then watch It again, and then again. Art is one of the defining features of humanity, and Hamilton shows us at our very best and it’s songs will be sung for centuries