After months and months of anticipation, the news is finally here! Hamilton is coming to the Pantages Theater in Los Angeles in August 2017! The smash hit Broadway musical centers around America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and went on to become the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Writer/Actor Lin Manuel-Miranda (In The Heights) penned the Broadway phenomenon which has gone one to become NYC’s hottest ticket, selling out virtually every show.
Yes, a show about American history but told in hip-hop and rap which brings to life the snooze fest you cliff-noted your way through school to pass. Get ready Los Angeles cause one heck of a history lesson is about to unfold in the actual greatest city in the world and here’s how it’s gonna change the game.
Opportunities for multi-cultural actors
Lin Manuel-Miranda’s casting choices for the show stemmed from there not being enough roles of people of color on stage. So, how does story about old white men who founded the country get revamped to reflect the Americans living today? You just do it, you cast anyone who can tell the tale, no matter the color. The story of how this nation was built is universal to any group of people struggling to overcome obstacles and gain the freedom to be anyone they wanna be. The original Broadway cast is Latino, Black, Asian, mixed and includes everyone who is America. In a very meta wink, King George is the only prominent character played by white man. Making it so we can see the same struggles our early nation went through as redefined to reflect the similar ones we are going through now. Alexander Hamilton is a figure that’s relatable to any one with ambition seeking to make their way from the bottom to the top. Can’t wait to see the diverse actors of Los Angeles get their shot at creating our city’s ensemble of our generation’s greatest musical.
Because it is our generation’s GREATEST musical
Essential to the state of our nation’s social commentary aside, Hamilton is a crazy theatrical feat. It crunches down a good portion of American history into rap verse that’s makes it digestible and a wonder to listen to. Miranda got more language per measure through rap while still being able to turn the political events into relatable personal moments. You get to see moments in history told from the eyes of not just Hamilton but Aaron Burr who serves as the guide through the story from the early days to the war to forming the country and down to the fateful duel between the two. Friends, enemies, wives and lovers also get meaty parts to give the perspective on the unfolding events of the musical. If it was sung like a traditional show, Hamilton would last four to six hours. Which it doesn’t but Hamilton fans wish it would.
Thanks to the internet and the release of the original cast recording, Hamilton already has a built in fanbase that loves congregating online and in person before a show for front row tickets. The culture of the fanbase has turned the ordinary lotto for discount tix into more of a fan meetup. Miranda and cast usually perform and interact with fans during what is now known as the Ham4Ham experience to celebrate the love for the show and raffle off the front row seats at a huge discount. What’s crazy is that fans outside of NYC live vicariously through periscopes, YouTube videos and Snapchats of the small show before the show where special guests show up, the cast performs songs from the show or other shows and just hang out. Hopefully, LA fans can find a place they can meet up and hang out with their cast over at the Pantages Theater for their run. I know I’ll be there for HAM4HAM LA!
In 2017 the talk of the town will be “Have you seen Hamilton, yet?”
It’s going to be the biggest cultural event in Los Angeles theater history that will draw everyone in.
Wait for it and listen to it HERE in the meantime: