‘Tis the season for year-end posts, so I thought I’d highlight 15 of my notable moments from the year. This is part 2 of 15. Previous parts are here: 1
If you’ve follow me on twitter, you know I’m a passionate fan of the musical Hamilton. I was fortunate to see the production Off-Broadway at the Public Theater on March 27, 2015. Knowing Lin-Manuel Miranda’s previous work (I saw In the Heights with the original cast), I knew I couldn’t miss a chance to see his history-inspired musical. This was one of the first times I’ve seen a show without listening to the cast album in advance. I was literally on the edge of my seat the entire time, it captured my heart instantly. I’ve never felt like I’ve witnessed a piece of musical history until that night.
Since March, waiting six months for the cast recording to be released was painful. I had memories from the show stuck in my head – the King’s theme, the visual of “Hurricane,” and remembering that Burr was my favorite character. When I listened to the cast recording the entire way through for the first time, I had other memories pop back into my head. The most emotional was the last song – “Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story” – I was bawling both in the theater and when listening to the cast recording.
I’ve been singing the praises of Hamilton since March, but it was only when the cast album was released could I share this joy with a wider audience than my sister. Before then, we were just those annoying people constantly tweeting about Hamilton. Now, we’re among thousands shouting our love for this musical work that demonstrates history can be relevant. History isn’t static – it evolves -and we learn new things from it as we find new ways to explore its meaning.
I’m looking forward to seeing the show in April, when I’ll be making a return trip to NYC to see the Broadway production! Until then, you’ll find me dancing to “Wait for It” in my apartment.
If you haven’t listened to the cast recording yet, why not? Billboard just named it the #2 Best Album of 2015. If you love history, you’ll love it. If you love musicals, you’ll love it. If you love good music, you’ll love it. What’s stopping you?