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Hamilton - Lin-Manuel Miranda’s astounding hip-hop musical transcends the hype

By: stagedoorscribbler - January 1, 2018

Hamilton - the musical

It’s nearly three years since super-musical Hamilton opened in New York. What followed were astonishing rave reviews and many months of anticipation as we waited for this extraordinary glow to cross the Atlantic.

Now, at last, British theatre-goers are in a position to find out first hand what all the fuss is about. They are not disappointed. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s astounding hip-hop musical landed on stage at London’s Victoria Palace Theatre and instantly proved to be everything it is cracked up to be. It transcends the hype and marks a paradigm shift in the on-going journey of theatre.

Focusing on the remarkable story of Alexander Hamilton, it explores the strange history of one of America’s more unusual founding fathers.  

The show famously asks (and answers) the question: “How does 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?”

The result is a superb piece of musical theatre that celebrates the triumphs of immigration and the power of humanity to make astonishing achievements. When it made its debut Hamilton was seen to echo the concerns and triumphs of the Obama era. 

In the age of Trump however it proves even more powerful, a wake-up call that displays the mindless ignorance of the bigots in an America marred by racism and violence.