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25 Epic Moments From Hamilton

It will "blow us all away"!

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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.


The man was nonstop and wrote in paragraphs, and as Miranda himself pointed out in his 60 Minutes interview, rap is the only music that captures the speed and density of Hamilton's writing. And no other style would be able to capture the energy of revolution so well.

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.


In fact, neither of these men is exactly a hero or a villain. They are both flawed men who actually start out as friends, but eventually find themselves at odds on almost everything, and are both too rash and proud to ever let anything go.

3. When Hamilton doesn't throw away his shot.


"Hey yo, I’m just like my country

I’m young, scrappy and hungry

And I’m not throwing away my shot!"

And don't you just love the pun there? This show has so much great word play!

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??


And this wasn't "color-blind" casting-- the casting call specified non-white actors for all the lead roles (again, except King George). Miranda has said he wanted this musical to be about America then told by and for America now.

Hollywood take note.

7. Every time Hamilton opens his mouth and 5,000 words pour out.


The man seriously did not know the definition of "concise". Every sentence was a paragraph to him. It's no wonder Burr told him to "talk less, smile more".

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.

16. Especially when Hamilton owns Jefferson by calling him out for talking about "freedom" when he owns slaves.


"A civics lesson from a slaver. Hey neighbor

Your debts are paid cuz you don’t pay for labor

“We plant seeds in the South. We create.”

Yeah, keep ranting

We know who’s really doing the planting"

21. In "Burn" when Eliza takes ownership of the narrative and destroys Alexander's love letters to her.


"The world has no right to my heart

The world has no place in our bed

They don’t get to know what I said

I’m burning the memories

Burning the letters that might have redeemed you."

You go girl!

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.

23. When Burr sings "the world was wide enough for Hamilton and me".


And you're sobbing because they were friends and now Hamilton's dead and Burr's life is basically ruined.

Burr really did come to regret Hamilton's death late in his life, saying almost the exact quote used in the song: "Had I read Sterne more and Voltaire less, I should have known the world was wide enough for Hamilton and me."

24. In the final number when it becomes obvious that this show is named Hamilton for Eliza Hamilton just as much as it is for Alexander Hamilton.


She is the one who decides to tell his story. She is the one who creates the first private orphanage in New York.

"Who lives, who dies, who tells your story."

25. After the musical is over and you discover that it was almost ENTIRELY HISTORICALLY ACCURATE.


Biographer Ron Chernow, the author of Alexander Hamilton which the musical was based on, even served as a historical consultant to make sure they got everything right.

I mean, who knew Hamilton was a:

"...bastard, orphan, son of a whore and a

Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a

Forgotten spot in the Caribbean by providence

Impoverished, in squalor

Grow up to be a hero and a scholar?"

...okay now I have to go listen to the soundtrack on repeat again. #hamiltunes

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