Hamilton: An American Musical is a sung-and-rapped through musical about the life of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, with music, lyrics and book by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Incorporating hip hop, R&B, pop, soul, traditional-style show tunes, and colour-conscious casting of non-white actors as the Founding Fathers and other historical figures, the musical achieved both critical acclaim and box office success. I know that we mainly review shows in Greater Manchester area however after seeing Hamilton I needed to express my feelings about this show as it was simply the most magnificent show I have ever seen.
Everything from the sublime choreography of Andy Blankenbeuhler to the incredible directing of Thomas Kail blew me away. Being a long-time fan of the show, I was lucky to be able to get tickets in London in February in 2019 and all of my expectations were met superbly.
I must say that the acting was amazing. Jamael Westman who portrayed Alexander Hamilton played his role perfectly. His lack of previous theatre experience shocked me as he is so talented and belongs in this industry. His stage presence was so strong I was always drawn into his performance all the way through. Safiso Mazibuko playing Aaron Burr was so enjoyable to watch as his character developed through the performance and I must say his vocals were next to none especially in "The Room Where It Happens" where I was in awe at his ability.
All three Schuyler sisters were impeccable too. Ellena Vincent (1st cover Angelica Schuyler who played the role on the night I saw the show) brought the overwhelming confidence and sass to the character I was elated to see. Rachelle Ann Go’s rendition of "Burn" brought me to tears in the audience as she belted out her number and I could feel her raw emotion. If I’m being pedantic, he American accents seemed to slip sometimes throughout the show, yet her stunning vocals and engaging performance made me brush over this as I loved her performance.
As well as them, my personal favourite performance had to be Jon Robyns as King George III. His dead pan face during "You’ll Be Back" and his second to none comedic timing were brilliant and I couldn’t not smile watching him on stage.
The choreography throughout the whole show never failed to impress. Especially in numbers such as the energetic "My Shot" and "Yorktown" to the more deep, emotional songs like "It’s Quiet Uptown" always had me fixated into the show. Whatever emotion they wanted to portray was created perfectly!
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Overall, Hamilton was the best production I have ever seen. It took me away from the real world into the world of Alexander Hamilton and his heart breaking story and I never wanted it to end! The casting in the show could not have been better and I must applaud the cast for their dedication and appreciation of the art we all love. Hopefully I’ll have the honour of seeing it again one day.