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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. ... Read more

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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95
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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

100
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

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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

100
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

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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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

95
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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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 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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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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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

100
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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NorthJersey.com

"The first question critics usually consider when a hit off-Broadway show moves to Broadway is whether it works as well in a larger space. 'Hamilton' does. Emphatically...It’s an event that hasn’t been over-hyped. The show is spectacularly unique, an endlessly clever history lesson that links us to the country’s Founding Fathers in an ingenious and compelling theatrical way...There are probably a half-dozen more things I could rave about, but, essentially, 'Hamilton' is just a really, really ... 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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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 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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WNBC

"Miranda’s sweeping, largely sung-through musical about Alexander Hamilton, an orphan who became George Washington’s right-hand man, took on a second life as a master class in musical theater creation...Miranda’s music and lyrics are too textured to be absorbed in one sitting. Turns out, once you’ve gotten over the first wow, there’s plenty more wow to be uncovered." 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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99
Riveting, Great writing, Great staging, Full of energy

See it if you revel in words, history, choreography, and human understanding. It's worth the hype.

Don't see it if you only want to hear the original cast

93
Lives up to the hype

See it if You want to finally feel like a broadway ticket was worth the price but wait if you can until it opens sales again as resale prices r crazy

Don't see it if the price is a hardship - if that is the case go see one of the myriad of other great shows off Bway

Also The show really does live up to the hype - it is a great history lesso... Read more Read less

80
Ambitious, Intelligent, Relevant, Great writing, Great staging

See it if You enjoy the perfect balance between cutting edge and traditional shows

Don't see it if You want traditional casting or story telling

95
Absorbing, Ambitious, Epic, Entertaining, Historical

See it if You like history, rap, charismatic performers, and are open to seeing things in a different way than you have before. You love hit shows.

Don't see it if You don't like to see things in a new way & aren't open to color-blind casting of real-life historical figures.

95
Ambitious, Intelligent, Masterful, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a musical that has both breadth and depth and plot. It's thoroughly enjoyable even for those who don't like musicals.

Don't see it if You are offended by people of color and rapping. Or if you have no interest in history.

95
Great acting, Intelligent, Must see, Refreshing, Great staging

See it if rousing, intelligent, subversive and life-affirming takes on history and political philosophy. top-notched acting, lighting and choreography

Don't see it if the new actresses were not as good as the new phenomenal male leads. some seats were cost-prohibitive. front mezz was great value!

100
Exquisite, Must see, Profound, Refreshing, Riveting

See it if beautiful theatre made with love. Unique, gorgeous staging facilitates the score while handing the show to the actors. Triumphant, rare, wow

Don't see it if when you get the chance, go.

70
Absorbing, Great acting, Indulgent, Overrated, Entertaining

See it if You want to see what all the fuss is about. You like big musicals with smart lyrics.

Don't see it if You do not like hip hop or rapping.

Also The show is smart but far from revolutionary. Also the songs get in th... Read more Read less

75
Ambitious, Intense, Refreshing, Overrated, Great singing

See it if You want to see a production impeccably staged. The choreography is stellar. Strong voices, standout performances from every cast member.

Don't see it if Not a fan of an extensive history lesson. Score will either win you over or turn you off. Was turned off by disrespectful audience members.

96
Absorbing, Ambitious, Epic, Masterful, Great writing

See it if You want to be part of Broadway history.

Don't see it if Everyone should see it.

92
Clever, Intelligent, Must see, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You can get tickets!

Don't see it if You have a difficult time comprehending rap lyrics. On second thought...listen to the cast recording a few times and then go see it.

Also I saw it first at the public and loved it, but I loved it even more wh... Read more Read less

85
Ambitious, Clever, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if You want to see a different kind of musical and are curious to see what all the hype is about. The score has real terrific pieces in it.

Don't see it if You're going to be disappointed because the hype makes it a little bit of a let down. If you don't like rap this isn't for you.

90
Masterful, Must see, Disappointing, Cliched, Overrated

See it if If you enjoy rap and history.

Don't see it if If you expect it to live up to expectations. It's great. But it's not the best show ever written.

88
Don't believe the hype

See it if Love the rap format and oftentimes clever lyrics.. but the story of our Founding Fathers, though interesting, not all that entertaining

Don't see it if If you need to sell an internal organ to buy a ticket..wait until they release a block (8-10 months in advance) to get a seat at face value

Also Definitely worth seeing --just calibrate your expectations given all t... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if The best show I have seen in years

Don't see it if no reason not to see it

94
Ambitious, Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if #1 for many reasons

Don't see it if You get a upper mezzanine seat and you have bad knees

98
Ambitious, Dizzying, Great writing, Great singing, Great staging

See it if ...you can. Yes. It's transformative.

Don't see it if you want to remain cynical about joining the adoring throngs or cynical about America.

98
Masterful, Must see, Great writing, Great singing, Great staging

See it if Are waiting to see if the hype is real. (Oh it is). Great theater experience. Amazing from start to finish

Don't see it if Can't follow great quick dialogue or rap music. Even haters love the show

98
Great acting, Must see, Great writing, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you want the best history lesson you will ever witness. Best cast recording for a show. Non stop rap lyrics keep you awake. Great Writing.

Don't see it if only if you can't follow fast paced rap lyrics. If thats the case listen to the cast recording first at your own pace, then go see it!

100
Original, Masterful, Must see, Profound, Refreshing

See it if Better than the hype. Unbelievable.

Don't see it if Everyone loves it. No reason not to like it.

89
Great acting, Disappointing, Overrated, Great singing

See it if You like rap music. Great actors and dancers.

Don't see it if You don't like rap music. Definitely overrated. Very past paced except for a few slower songs that can almost put you to sleep

95
Original, Must see, Profound, Resonant, Great writing

See it if You want to see a contemporary take on history. You want to see historical figures presented as real, relevant people.

Don't see it if There's no reason not to see it. Even if you have to Wait For It, it's worth it!

95
Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Exquisite, Great acting

See it if You are alive

Don't see it if You are dead

95
Original, Edgy, Intelligent, Great singing, Revelatory

See it if You are a fan of history and can't get enough, or if you don't know history and you want a fresh perspective: if you want to be moved.

Don't see it if If you want the same old thing in musicals

100
Original, Intelligent, Masterful, Must see, Riveting

See it if love musicals, history, hip-hop, drama, politics, or love. It's a musical with a little bit of everything and it's so well-done!

Don't see it if you hate history or dislike hip-hop...otherwise it is a must see!