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Hamilton

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Lin-Manuel Miranda's hip-hop infused tuner about Alexander Hamilton began at The Public Theater to rave reviews, then transferred to Broadway where it won eleven 2016 Tony Awards including Best Musical.

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A musical about the scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America: Alexander Hamilton. From bastard orphan to Washington's right-hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country's first sex scandal to Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy, 'Hamilton' is an exploration of a political mastermind. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Eliza Hamilton, and lifelong Hamilton friend and foe, Aaron Burr, all attend this revolutionary tale of America’s fiery past told through the sounds of the ever-changing nation we’ve become. Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

 
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100
The New York Times

"Yes, it really is that good...I am loath to tell people to mortgage their houses and lease their children to acquire tickets to a hit Broadway show. But 'Hamilton,' directed by Thomas Kail and starring Mr. Miranda, might just about be worth it — at least to anyone who wants proof that the American musical is not only surviving but also evolving in ways that should allow it to thrive and transmogrify in years to come." Full Review

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New York Post

"Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 'In the Heights' may have been a hit — but his 'Hamilton' is a phenomenon...But “revolutionary” the show is not. Truly radical art is divisive, and under its brash exterior, 'Hamilton' is warmly reassuring — a love letter to a land of opportunity where 'The 10-dollar founding father without a father/Got a lot farther by working a lot harder/By being a lot smarter/By being a self-starter.'” Full Review

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Theatermania

"Yes, it's as incredible as everyone says....With his new musical, 'Hamilton,' Lin-Manuel Miranda has an eye on both. He's created a work sure to be enjoyed by generations to come, proudly drawing on America's past as a guiding light to the future. It unequivocally asserts that the revolutionary ideals of 1776 are still valid in 2015. It is nothing short of a masterpiece, destined to change Broadway forever." Full Review

100
Variety

"This innovative show is shaping up to be just as much of a phenomenon uptown, playing in a Broadway house with four times the seating capacity, and to a more traditional but no less enthusiastic audience. That universal appeal to crossover audiences is one unmistakable sign of a groundbreaking show...Like any true landmark, 'Hamilton' stands up to repeated viewings. After six months, the show’s initial impact hasn’t dulled a bit; in fact, the qualities that made it so extraordinary the first... Full Review

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BroadwayWorld

"As with 'In The Heights', Miranda's ear-popping material kinetically fuses with the exemplary work of director Thomas Kail to explosively tell the story of a man considered one of the first quintessential New Yorkers - a poor immigrant with radical ideas who pushed his way to prominence for the betterment of society." Full Review

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The Hollywood Reporter

"Having already become a cultural phenomenon in its off-Broadway premiere run earlier this year at the Public Theater, 'Hamilton' — written by and starring Lin-Manuel Miranda, who previously made a name for himself on Broadway with 'In the Heights' — seems a shoo-in for smash hit status and a slew of awards attention...The musical is a triumph." Full Review

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New York Magazine / Vulture

"A second look suggests that something even more significant is going on. The breakthrough isn’t so much the incorporation of those contemporary genres; after all, Miranda already did that, throwing in Latin music to boot, in the charming 'In the Heights.' But 'Hamilton' not only incorporates newish-to-Broadway song forms; it requires and advances them, in the process opening up new territory for exploitation. It’s the musical theater, not just American history, that gets refurbished. And per... Full Review

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Time Out New York

"What is left to say? After every critic in town (including me) praised the Public Theater world premiere to high heaven; and after seeing this language-drunk, rhyme-crazy dynamo a second time, I can only marvel: They used up all the damn words. Wait, here are three stragglers, straight from the heart: I love 'Hamilton.' I love it like I love New York, or Broadway when it gets it right. And this is so right." Full Review

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The Huffington Post

"'Hamilton' is not just an excellent and rousing musical; it brings something new to the musical theatre, and does it so very compellingly that superlatives are in order. I--and I expect just about all my critical colleagues--would tell you to stop reading right now and get yer tickets, except there aren't likely many to be had for the next year or three." Full Review

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DC Theatre Scene

"When Hamilton opened Off-Broadway in February, I called it groundbreaking and breathtaking – and I was trying not to gush...Analyzing the importance of 'Hamilton' misses the main takeaway from the musical: It’s thrilling to watch. It seems always in motion, thanks to a creative team including director Thomas Kail, and especially choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler, who keeps the sexy ensemble very busy. They help enhance what are some terrific performances." Full Review

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The Wall Street Journal

"'Hamilton' is the best and most important Broadway musical of the past decade. Why important? Because it sounds as though it had been written last week instead of a half-century ago...So do whatever you have to do short of grand larceny to score a ticket to 'Hamilton.' It’ll make you want to stand on your seat and yell with delight." Full Review

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AM New York

"I must confess that I gave one of the less enthusiastic reviews of 'Hamilton' back in February, finding the plot to be too dense (it is, after all, a biography) and the hip-hop sound to be monotonous. On second viewing, I was determined to accept the show on its own terms, and I ended up being absolutely entranced by Miranda's inventive writing, Thomas Kail's masterful direction and Andy Blankenbuehler's nonstop movement. I may be the last critic to join the 'Hamilton' fan club, but better l... Full Review

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The Clyde Fitch Report

"'Hamilton' joins the ranks of great American musicals...Considered as an American musical dealing directly with Americana an argument could eventually be made for 'Hamilton' as the nation’s greatest musical...If a musical even close in quality to this one emerges this season, we’re lucky. If a musical even close in quality emerges in the next 10 years, we’d better count our lucky stars." Full Review

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Talkin' Broadway

"Does 'Hamilton' live up to all — any — of this hype? And does it need to? From my perspective, the answers are, respectively, a definite no and a solid yes...Though much has been made of the myriad musical and lyrical references that pockmark the evening, they're more about calling attention to themselves than contributing to a consistent texture or sensible narrative. To my reckoning they brand 'Hamilton,' even in its slightly altered, more precise uptown incarnation, as unsatisfying and un... Full Review

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Chicago Tribune

"The Founding Father never had a friend so loyal and true as Lin-Manuel Miranda, whose audaciously ambitious and supremely executed new musical is surely the most entertaining, provocative and moving civics lesson in Broadway history...Many of the songs are quite staggeringly beautiful — richly melodic and passionately performed ballads of fear, hope, determination and pain. They feel traditional and revolutionary at the same time." Full Review

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Deadline

"Every great musical improves on second (and third, and fourth) hearing; 'Hamilton' is no exception. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s magnificent adaptation is not, to use that tired cliché, a game-changer. It is, in truth, the quintessence of a Broadway musical destined for the record books...Like 'Rent' 20 years ago and 'A Chorus Line' 40 years so, 'Hamilton' is accessible without pandering and inspirational in sneaky ways that permeate a skeptic’s shell." Full Review

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New York Daily News

"With 'Hamilton,' Broadway is officially the coolest place on the planet. And the smartest. And most exhilarating. Yes, composer, lyricist, author and leading man Lin-Manuel Miranda’s magical musical tour of the life of the '10-dollar Founding Father,' Alexander Hamilton, is that great. It’s even richer and more eloquent since its run earlier this year at the Public Theater." Full Review

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Front Mezz Junkies

"I was intoxicated by 'Hamilton', exquisitely directed by Thomas Kail...It has an energy, a beat, a rhythm, and a rebelliousness that swept me up and kept me thoroughly engaged and enchanted. It’s a powerhouse three-hour telling of this pushy historical figure...Act One is an adrenaline-fueled history lesson in politics, war, revolution and love but Act Two is the clincher, which gives this show its emotional core and depth. It is truly amazing what Miranda has done here." Full Review

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Theatre Reviews Limited

"With a refreshing book, profoundly innovative music that includes hip-hop, jazz, blues, R&B, and Broadway, and scintillating lyrics, 'Hamilton' exceeds all expectations of theatergoers and rocks the stage with engaging performances and exhilarating choreography...The diverse cast is uniformly outstanding and brilliant...Andy Blankenbuehler’s choreography is innovative and precise." Full Review

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TheaterScene.net

“‘Hamilton’ does for the American Revolution what ‘Les Miserables’ does for French 19th century history. However, its contemporary sound turns ‘Hamilton’ into a theatrical revolution that is just short of titanic. From the expert cast to the impeccable design team to the splendid score and text, ‘Hamilton’ makes musical theater history. Just a warning: don’t come tired! ‘Hamilton’ is fast moving and jam-packed with information. You will want all your faculties about you.” Full Review

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The Associated Press

"Revolutions are messy, sudden, often brutal things. They're not meant to mature gracefully. Thankfully, no one told the creators of the pulsating 'Hamilton,' which arrives on Broadway sharper, tighter and cleaner than just a few months ago....It's all like nothing you've ever heard or seen before. In one song, the main ladies sing euphorically, 'Look around at how lucky we are to be alive right now! History is happening in Manhattan.' We couldn't agree more." Full Review

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Bob's Theater Blog

"This ambitious, inventive show remains strong across the board: the entertaining, informative and emotionally involving book is filled with moments of humor and pathos, the characters are vividly drawn, the lyrics are extremely clever, the choreography supports the action brilliantly, the cast is uniformly strong and the direction is fluid and assured...The good news is that the newcomers to the cast are generally fine and the production is as sharp as ever." Full Review

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The Wrap

"It’s the question most asked of theater critics these days: 'Is ‘Hamilton’ really that good?' Yes, 'Hamilton' is that good, and the still youthful Lin-Manuel Miranda can be mentioned in the same sentence with Sondheim and even Cole Porter." Full Review

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Newsday

"With the delirious praise swirling around 'Hamilton' since its Public Theater run, there was danger that Lin-Manuel Miranda's hip-hop masterwork would seem anticlimactic - or at least overhyped - at its Broadway premiere. Instead, the show is even more nuanced, more cohesive in individual performances and its more focused finale. Most important, Miranda and director Thomas Kail have fine-tuned it without losing a shiver of its audacity and thrill." Full Review

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CitiTour

"The show creates a swirling intellectual and emotional portrait of one individual that matches, if not bests, any we’ve previously seen on stage. To accomplish this rare feat, Miranda is aided by the seamless direction of Thomas Kail, the extraordinary, and the stirring orchestrations of Alex Lacamoire, who finds the precisely right sounds for Miranda’s wonderfully wide musical vocabulary…Its inventiveness is practically unparalleled. Miranda’s book is a marvel, as well." Full Review

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Clever, Great writing, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You love theater. The hype is all justified; this show is one of the best of all times, and I've been going to the theater since the 1960s.

Don't see it if You're not rich.

93
Absorbing, Enchanting, Exquisite, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if You can get tickets

Don't see it if You loved the original cast and expect their replacements to be as good

24
Indulgent, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if The hyper energy of "Hamilton" felt like a jack hammer outside my window in the middle of the night with no end in sight. A naked Emperor.

Don't see it if The set has been used several times before at New Jersery's Papermill Playhouse and how the show won best featured actor is still a mystery.

96
Revolutionary! everything you've heard is true.

See it if Groundbreaking. Challenges the way you see and hear musicals. I was pretty familiar with the score but was enthralled with the choreography.

Don't see it if you can't afford it. I could buy subscriptions to seasons for the price paid and next time I will.

98
Epic, Exquisite, Must see, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if I went in knowing it would be good, but really, it is so so good. Incredible. So deserving of every accolade it has recieved. I cried.

Don't see it if you have purposefully avoided it this long or told yourself you wont like it (for whatever reason) you probably wont, i'll take your tix...

95
Absorbing, Intelligent, Masterful, Great writing

See it if You enjoy the cast recording or history. Incredibly written show

Don't see it if You don’t like the cast recording or you only enjoy classic broadway shows

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Ambitious, Clever, Intelligent, Refreshing, Great writing

See it if you are already obsessed with the show, you buy into the hype, you want to see a truly unique musical experience & be part of a phenomenon.

Don't see it if you'll be devastated if you don't love it (it ALMOST lives up to it), you don't care about the hype, you can wait for ticket prices to fall.

96
Ambitious, Must see, Entertaining

See it if You want a sure-fire, innovative, intelligent musical with humor and heft. For all ages. Impressed by the number of kids in the audience.

Don't see it if Even if you think you would rather play a video game you will probably like this show.

Also Second time around, new theater, new cast, same great entertainment. G... Read more Read less

97
Absorbing, Ambitious, Dizzying, Must see

See it if Like hip hop, love creative staging and dynamic performers

Don't see it if You hate modern music, dislike rap and are hard of hearing.

100
Clever, Delightful, Refreshing, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy great music and clever writing.

Don't see it if you don't like rap music and history lessons.

100
Immersive, Transformative, A simply stunning, staggering work of original art, Intelligent and edifying, Imaginative and creative

See it if you can afford tickets to this stunning, well-choreographed, intelligently-written, and beautifully-performed work of life-changing art.

Don't see it if you dislike your history served with creative license, rap and rhymes, lightning-fast pacing, and intelligent nods to true life. Just go!

Also I’ve always considered Hamilton a love-letter to writers and thinkers ... Read more Read less

96
Absorbing, Delightful, Exquisite, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You Like great musical theatre. Original cast was great. Second set of cast was really great. I learned historical facts I did not know.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy hip-hop music and lyrics. cannot follow fast moving dialogue, don't like american history, and are a bit old fashioned.

87
Ambitious, Clever, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if if you want to see a genre of musical theatre (rap) that has not been explored much. It is extremely well done.

Don't see it if you have trouble listening to rap music and understanding the lyrics.

100
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You love Lin Manuel Miranda's brilliance & want to be bowled over. Saw initial Public theater production, love innovative productions.

Don't see it if You can't follow a fast paced, sometimes overwhelming performance.

95
Ambitious, Masterful, Great writing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you are alive!

Don't see it if you don't like things simply because most other people do.

93
Absorbing, Epic, Masterful, Must see

See it if you are a living, breathing person... because lets face it - EVERYONE wants to see!

Don't see it if everyone wants to see this... maybe if you really really hate rap/ hip hop/ have hearing aides....

95
Clever, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Must see

See it if you can get tickets!

Don't see it if There's really no reason NOT to see this show...except that it's nearly impossible to get tickets to it!

100
Epic, Reliable, Worthy, Deserving

See it if you have eyes and ears.

Don't see it if you have preconceived, dated notions about race on stage or a disposition to hate due to overzealous hype.

96
Absorbing, Epic, Must see, Resonant, Riveting

See it if You want to see something completely original, unique, creative, and utterly entertaining!

Don't see it if You really hate rap, need elaborate staging.

99
Absorbing, Masterful, Must see, Refreshing, Great singing

See it if The only reason I'm not giving this 100, is because of audible issues in Act 1. This show rocked. Worth my 11-month wait and $210 ticket!

Don't see it if See it! The nearly 3-hours goes by. More rapping/singing than dialogue & we know the ending, but, so worth it. I had to console a girl next

Also To me, she was crying so much. Heck, I almost did, too! I loved Lin-Ma... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Masterful, Entertaining

See it if you love exciting, thrilling, engaging theater. Truly brilliant!

Don't see it if you don't like theater.

98
Ambitious, Dizzying, Intelligent, Great staging, Almost perfect

See it if you want to see the closest thing to perfection you are ever likely to get in a Broadway Musical. There is good reason it is so popular!

Don't see it if you can't deal with contemporary music (Rap and Jazz) or if you are not interested in American history presented in an exciting way.

Also It is not every day that you come out of a show, at a loss for somethi... Read more Read less

85
Great acting, Must see, Overrated, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you can afford it. If not, there are planty of shows you can afford that are just as good.

Don't see it if you are doing so because it is the hot ticket, or if you expect it to change your world

95
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Must see, Great staging

See it if you're looking for brilliance, on every level. It's LOUD, big, FAST, dizzying, w/exceptionally amazing lyrics & music, staged masterfully.

Don't see it if you're looking for old-school "1776". This no "1776". Saw original cast @ The Public: a MASTERPIECE. Can't afford their broadway tkt prices.

95
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Must see, Riveting

See it if You love rich, bold, absorbing storytelling; great music and intelligent lyrics; history

Don't see it if You can't afford it; otherwise see it. It's that good.

Also This may be the hardest working and best looking ensemble (as in "the ... Read more Read less