‘Hamilton: An American Musical’, simply known as ‘Hamilton’, has very quickly become one of the most popular and well-known musicals of this century with references to it within multiple mainstream tv shows, movies and books such as Timeless, The Simpsons, Quantico and both NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles.
This award-winning show was written and composed by Lin Manuel Miranda who is best known for also starring in the Original Broadway Cast (OBC) as the leading man himself. The OBC also included Broadway stars Phillipa Soo, Leslie Odom Jr, Anthony Ramos, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Daveed Diggs and many other big names in the theatre world.
Hamilton is a completely sung and rapped through musical that follows the life of historical figure and founding father, Alexander Hamilton. As you watch the musical you meet characters like the powerful sister trio, Angelica, Eliza and Peggy Schuyler, the flamboyant King George, Aaron Burr and a whole array of intriguing personalities. You get to watch Hamilton as he leaves his hometown, pursues an education, fights in the war, meets his future wife and eventually writes the US constitution.
The whole show is quite a different concept to a stereotypical history based musical. The entire cast and ensemble wear 1800’s style clothing and all the props are historically accurate, but the music contrasts that by drawing from hip hop, R&B, pop and soul which attracts a much younger audience. That, in addition to the fact that the entire show is performed on a stage with 2 built-in turntables, make for an action-packed 2 and a half hours that people of all ages have fallen in love with.
‘Raise a Glass to Freedom’ is one of the stand-out lyrics within the song ‘Story of Tonight’ in which Alexander Hamilton, John Laurens, Hercules Mulligan and Marquis de Lafayette sing about their loyalty to the newly-started revolution while toasting their glasses (hence the beer mug). The musical number is all about how freedom and liberty will never be taken from them and soon more people will join their cause.
If you want to check out the show, you can find a pro-shot recording on Disney Plus or you can find more information at www.hamiltonmusical.com