Hamilton Review By Sophie Parsons and Helen Herrera

Hamilton Review By Sophie Parsons and Helen Herrera

Sophie Parsons, Editor

Hamilton is a trending musical on Disney plus, and we decided to review it to see if it was deserving all the attention. We have come to the conclusion it does, and that we recommend it for anyone who is able to watch it to do so. It is based in the 1700’s during the revolution. It stars Lin Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom jr., Anthony Ramos, Phillipa Soo, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Daveed Diggs, Jonathan Groff, Christopher Jackson, and others. The music that consists of this play is rap, hip-hop, R&B, and other popular genres. The musical is 2 hours and 40 minutes long but the soundtrack has 46 songs; many songs are fast paced to make the musical shorter because if they were not, the musical would be around 7 hours long. It was written by Lin Manuel Miranda who is also the lead role, Alexander Hamilton. It starts by introducing Hamilton with amazing choreography and vocals. The actors portray the historical figures perfectly with historical accuracy while also acting in their own style. We watch Hamilton get married to Eliza Schuyler (Phillipa Soo) and see Angelica Schuyler (Renee Elise Goldsberry) fall in love with him. He is asked to be George Washington’s (Christopher Jackson) right hand man during the war. While he is away Eliza has their baby, Philip Hamilton (Anthony Ramos). At the end of act 1, Hamilton’s best friend dies and he goes to law school after they win the war. He is asked by George Washington to be treasury secretary when he is president. In act 2, we meet Thomas Jefferson (Daveed Diggs) and James Madison (Okieriete Onaodowan) who constantly go against Hamilton while working for George Washington. Their on-screen rivalry is very interesting to watch and is very funny. They establish a national bank and Hamilton meets Maria Reynolds (Jasmine Cephas-Jones). They have an affair for months; her husband finds out and blackmails Hamilton for money in exchange to not tell anyone. Aaron Burr (Leslie Odom Jr.), Jefferson, and Madison confront him and also agree to not tell anyone, however, this leads to the Reynolds pamphlet where Eliza finds out. Soon after, Phillip dies; the acting is heartbreaking by everyone in this scene and makes us cry every time.  Hamilton and Eliza decide to get back together again, after splitting up after the affair, to mourn the loss of their son. About 3 years later, Aaron burr and Hamilton duel and Hamilton is fatally shot; the musical ends with Eliza “telling his story” and creating her own. The cast members tell this story spectacularly and singing is breathtaking. The Musical was written very well and it is obvious that a lot of time was put into the production. Overall, we think the musical was remarkable and would definitely recommend you all to watch it.