This past week I had the AMAZING opportunity to see Hamilton on Broadway. If you haven't heard about this groundbreaking new musical (how? have you been living under a rock?), it is a hip-hop musical based on the life of founding father Alexander Hamilton. And it is more epic than you could possibly imagine.
This list is NOT spoiler free, so if you haven't been listening to the Hamilton soundtrack nonstop like me and/or seen the musical then you may get spoiled. If it even counts as spoilers when it happened over 200 years ago....
1. When the first beat of "Alexander Hamilton" drops and you suddenly understand why this story had to be told through hip-hop.
2. When Hamilton and Burr meet for the first time and you realize this isn’t going to be a simple story about a hero and a villain.
3. When Hamilton doesn't throw away his shot.
4. When King George III struts out and promises to show the colonies his love with “a fully armed battalion”.
5. Every lead actor in the musical is a person of color (except King George), and how often can you say that about a musical or anything else??
6. Everything about Hamilton and Laurens' bromance
7. Every time Hamilton opens his mouth and 5,000 words pour out.
8. "I'm a trust fund, baby, you can trust me!"
9. When Angelica shuts down all the boys and tells them that when she meets Thomas Jefferson she’s going to “compel him to include women in the sequel" [to the Declaration of Independence].
10. In “Satisfied” when Renee Elise Goldsberry (Angelica) raps some of the fastest and most intricate lines in the whole musical. And she does it like a boss.
11. How they emphasize the fact that this country was built by immigrants (like Hamilton).
12. All of the choreography. Just all of it.
13. When Hercules Mulligan bursts out of the crowd of Red Coats like the boss spy he is.
14. In Act II when Daveed Diggs comes back onstage and you realize that he has transformed from Layfette the fighting Frenchman into Jefferson the fabulous Francophile.
15. All of the cabinet battles where Jefferson and Hamilton have literal rap battles to argue points during cabinet meetings.
16. Especially when Hamilton owns Jefferson by calling him out for talking about "freedom" when he owns slaves.
17. When Leslie Odom Jr. brings down the house in “The Room Where it Happens”
18. “Awesome. Wow.”
19. When you find out that Hamilton is actually the 1700s equivalent of a celebrity who responds to every twitter hater.
20. And then when King George and Jefferson dance around Hamilton, throwing pamphlets in his face, and singing “never gonna be President now” in “The Reynolds Pamphlet”.
21. In "Burn" when Eliza takes ownership of the narrative and destroys Alexander's love letters to her.
22. When Hamilton finally does throw away his shot.
And everything is terrible and everything hurts, even though you totally knew this was coming because it was the ONE THING about Alexander Hamilton that you remembered from your high school American history class.