Electric, energetic, and exhilarating is Hamilton’s production. Thoma Kail’s direction flows rapidly from scene to scene with each packed to the brim with information from writer and lead actor Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Hamilton’s biographer, Ron Chernow.
Originally slated for a 2021 release, it was moved to July 3, 2020, for Disney Plus. The earlier release date proved to be quite beneficial as downloads for the Disney Plus application increased by 74% over the weekend as per recent reports.
Plot summary: The life story of Alexander Hamilton, one of the founding fathers of America, as told through theatrical song and dance numbers on Richard Rodgers Theater with the original Broadway cast captured live.
The cast did a splendid job for painstakingly memorizing over a thousand lines to rap and rhyme while trying to outspeak one another. And the smooth incorporation of rap leads to some interesting scenes that include a rap battle in a cabinet meeting. Lin-Manuel Miranda, the genius behind the lyrics, music, and the book played Hamilton vigorously. His passion for portraying the historical statesman showed determination and redemption for immigrants everywhere.
The show isn’t afraid to show its historical cracks, instead, it flaunts like casting black and Latin actors to play the founding fathers—subliminally showing a better representation of America. A feminist movement happens in the undercurrent of the show with the Schuyler sisters(Renee Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler, Jasmine Jones as Peggy Schuyler, and Phillipa Soo as Eliza Schuyler) leading the charge. In some scenes, Angelica looks like she’s going to pop her jugular veins trying to keep her cool while singing and rapping three lines-per-second. Her performance is captivating and I found her to be the show-stealer even with Miranda on the scene.
With this show in its arsenal, Disney Plus continues to be a worthy opponent in the streaming wars. Hamilton is sure to give you an enjoyable time with its amazing performances and socially relevant themes. Don’t miss this musical theater phenomenon.
Hamilton gets an 8/10