O…M…G! We saw Hamilton in New York yesterday and it was great!
We took the two hour bus trip into Manhattan and walked out of
Port Authority towards Broadway. On the way, we stopped at
the Drama Book Shop at 250 W 40th—what a world—where there
is a whole book store for drama! Granddaughter bought a book and
we continued walking toward lunch before the show.
A friend had made reservations and we ate at a very handy place at
6th and Broadway called . . .drum roll: the Brooklyn Diner. Fun! As
our friend pointed out—good diner food –with tablecloths! I had a
blackened salmon burger. (I figured you would ask.)
Then on to the show only a few blocks away at the Richard Rodgers
Theatre on 46th street. We were there to see the matinee performance
at 2 pm.
I had heard some of the songs from the internet—-and then we were
excited to learn that the musical won the Grammy award this week–and
well, the whole buildup was fun. Our granddaughter had wanted to go to
see Hamilton since last July—all she talked about–and in the end that’s
all she wanted for Christmas.
I knew there were some sad parts in the show—but I was tearing up long
before those—because the opening was so spectacular–the songs, the
music, the excitement–crying for joy I guess.
It’s the story of Alexander Hamilton, aide de camp to George Washington.
All the big names are part of the scenes–Lafayette, Aaron Burr, Thomas
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s score is brilliant. There must be 10,000 words in all
the songs and they are poetic and witty and catchy and, and the work of a
Do you want to know my favorite character and song? It’s King George III
played by Jonathan Groff.
He comes out all prettied up in red velvet and sparkly crown and is grumpy
to think that the Colonists wanted to leave England’s rule! Imagine! And,
like a spurned lover he sings a song called “You’ll Be Back”. Ha!
But that’s only if I must choose only one song. They are all super–and we
heard every single one of the words enunciated—in songs that had lyrics
stuffed into them like sardines. Heard every word! Didn’t miss a laugh.
Thank you to hard working actors——–and dancers. Choreography
non-stop performance. Riveting.
After the show granddaughter hung out at the stage door in case anyone
came out—-oh, with about 400 other wanna-sees–and had some good luck.
I feel like I had a smidgeon of good luck, too, because as I was having a cup
of coffee across the street next to the Paramount Hotel, I saw Lin-Manuel
Miranda walk by after the show!!!
Great day—and it was timely to see such a patriotic show on Presidents’ Day week.