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Yup, pretty delightful. I've heard the cast recording a dozen times, but seeing the scenes made some things land a lot more strongly.

Still a bit sad the tickets I bought to see the show this past April were for naught, but this was good. And I hope the current cast and crew are making ends meet while the theater industry is basically all furloughed.
 

I saw that cast (except for Burr, that night was the understudy) in NYC during the initial run. It was one of the best if not the best Broadway show I have seen.
 



HawaiiSteveO

Explorer
Yup, pretty delightful. I've heard the cast recording a dozen times, but seeing the scenes made some things land a lot more strongly.

Still a bit sad the tickets I bought to see the show this past April were for naught, but this was good. And I hope the current cast and crew are making ends meet while the theater industry is basically all furloughed.

ugh , hopefully you got your 💰 back at least. I’ve heard the recording as well many times, agree on seeing it. I don’t imagine they were inexpensive...

I wasn’t aware that the King George numbers had a touch of comic relief to them on stage, his first song is menacing.

Burr, Angelica, Eliza (wow🤩), GW, pretty much everyone. The Philip parts really landed as opposed to just hearing it.

‘great unfinished symphony’ 😢 really stuck out to me as well at the end.
 


Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
I saw the show when the touring company came to Boston, and have heard the soundtrack umpteen times. It was cool to do a watch party of it last night (online, bvecause hey, it is a streaming service), with one person who had zero exposure to the show before, and geting their impressions was cool.

A couple of the ahistorical bits bugged me more than on the first viewing, but that doesn't mean it isn't a top notch show.
 

Alzrius

The EN World kitten
It's great to finally be able to see this. I've been listening to the soundtrack for a while now, but seeing the actual production with its incredibly talented cast was a whole new experience!
 

HawaiiSteveO

Explorer
A couple of the ahistorical bits bugged me more than on the first viewing, but that doesn't mean it isn't a top notch show.

I had read a little bit about that, but it didn’t really bother me as it’s a musical and I assumed certain dramatic licenses were taken.

That being said, as a 🇨🇦 I’ve never been terribly interested in 🇺🇸 history and the show definitely made me interested in learning more about it!
 

Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
I had read a little bit about that, but it didn’t really bother me as it’s a musical and I assumed certain dramatic licenses were taken.

Oh, I know. I just fount it a bit more annoying on this viewing, when I notice that some pretty major themes in the show are based on those not-terribly-historical bits.
 

HawaiiSteveO

Explorer
Oh, I know. I just fount it a bit more annoying on this viewing, when I notice that some pretty major themes in the show are based on those not-terribly-historical bits.

Like bursting into song constantly or cabinet rap battles 😆?

Seriously though I suppose following up on those is part of the intended appeal (?) to create interest in something in the first place. As mentioned I’ve added it to my ever growing list of things to read up on 👍
 



Eltab

Hero
I'm going to see Hamilton eventually, some way or other. My two trepidations are
(a) I got a History minor for love of the subject and I notice mistakes
(b) rap music gives me a headache (it's not like I can just wear earplugs!)

Hopefully the show will live up to its publicity.
 

Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
(a) I got a History minor for love of the subject and I notice mistakes

Well, that you'll have to live with.

(b) rap music gives me a headache (it's not like I can just wear earplugs!)

So, musically what Hamilton does is mix Broadway with hip-hop, not rap, if you understand the distinction. So, there's rap in the vocals, like in lots of hip hop, but the overall musical style isn't "rap music".

Here's the opening number (so, no real spoilers) as a representative example.

 

trappedslider

Adventurer
 


HawaiiSteveO

Explorer
So, musically what Hamilton does is mix Broadway with hip-hop, not rap, if you understand the distinction. So, there's rap in the vocals, like in lots of hip hop, but the overall musical style isn't "rap music".

Here's the opening number (so, no real spoilers) as a representative example.


In the most general sense, hip hop refers to both the overall lifestyle, as well as the actual beats / rhythm of the music . It includes four elements: DJing / turntabling, Rapping / MCing, graffiti painting, and B-boying which is hip-hop style, dance, and attitude. Rap is more the poetry / words .

Hamilton is a mix of rap, R&B, and Broadway show tune songwriting.

If you’re a music buff, the song writing is top notch and there is a lot to unpack and appreciate. For rapping, there are some ear popping, brilliantly accentuated complicated rhyme schemes that show rap’s strength and flexibility.


As far as historical accuracy is concerned, Hamilton is a work of historical fiction, including dramatizations and imprecisions.

 
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