Hamilton First Watch Recap – Best Songs, Performance, Character and more

Like many who watched, I was captivated by Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton,” the story of one of America’s Founding Fathers, Alexander Hamilton. Of course the show has a twist with a black cast portraying white historical figures with an added element of hip-hop, R&B and soul. The show is a perfect blend of the beginning of the US to modern day US.

I am not going to pretend like I’m well versed in music and especially Broadway musicals. The only one I have every seen in person is Jersey Boys, which I have been a huge fan of for a long time.

I first time I heard about Hamilton was from one of my best friend’s in 2018, maybe 2017. Literally all I knew was it is about Alexander Hamilton. He and I have many of the same interests so I took his word for it when he said it is truly amazing and his favorite Broadway Musical. Of course seeing it on Disney + excited me like many others.

From the opening line of Aaron Burr (Leslie Odom Jr.) in “Alexander Hamilton,” seduction ensued for me.

I loved the portrayal of the characters. It has strong male characters and equally strong females. The music is unbelievably good, from the sound to the lyrics. The story itself is compelling and unique because of the blending of the late 1700’s and early 1800’s to present day.

Normally I take more in depth approaches to many columns, but you can read the parallels and undertones elsewhere, which I did upon completion. I wanted to rather focus on some of my favorite characters, songs, performances, etc. Keeping this one lighter.

Favorite Scene – Satisfied

From the wedding to the song to the choreography, this was easily my favorite. When I saw the “rewind” sequence, the only though going through my head was “holy shit, that was dope.” This was also a great showcase of Renee Elise Goldsberry’s amazing singing and rapping skills.

Favorite Character – Aaron Burr (Leslie Odom)

He’s the damn fool that shot him. Burr opens up the show and from the first line, he was the hook, line and sinker. He was a perfect opener for “Alexander Hamilton” to begin the build of the song. I can’t quite put a finger on who he reminds me of in terms of his singing style, but it’s powerful. I love the snake in the grass role he has in all of it. Every story needs a great antagonist and great may be an understatement for Burr and Odom’s portrayal.

Favorite Acting Performance – Daveed Diggs (Lafayette / Thomas Jefferson)

His portrayal of another antagonist to Hamilton was brilliant with Thomas Jefferson. I loved his over the top singing, personality and flamboyance on stage. He was clearly the star of the stage in terms of performance.

Favorite Schuyler Sister – Angelica

Angelica, Eliza and Peggy are all amazing in their own ways. I loved them all. One of the clear parallels I picked up on before reading about it was that they were similar to Destiny’s Child. I got that vibe very quickly. If I had to pick one it is Angelica. I would marry her. I loved the character for how independently strong she is, while simultaneously being one of the most selfless characters in the show. I already mentioned Goldsberry’s skills, but I will reiterate, she is one beautiful bad ass.

Top 5 Favorite Songs

  • Alexander Hamilton
  • Schulyer Sisters
  • Satisfied
  • Washington on Your Side
  • You’ll Be Back

I do want to mention how great Jonathan Groff’s performance of King George was. I was dying laughing at You’ll Be Back. It flirted so perfectly with the balance of utterly scary tyranny to downright hilarity. Groff having spit all over his lips made it that much better.

 

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