New York | 2h 40m | Open run

Hamilton (NYC)

From 44 critic and 9,730 member reviews
Members say: Clever, Entertaining, Absorbing, Must see, Ambitious

About the show

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. 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.

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

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

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


"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


"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

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

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


"The landmark new musical presents a soulful, electrifying retelling of America’s birth. Its ingenious use of hip-hop, a medium and a culture in many ways born from that oppression, to reclaim American history is nothing short of revolutionary...The musical’s ability to combine the sensational with the theoretical is one of its greatest strengths." Full Review

Act Three - The Reviews

"This show, despite a major cast change, is a 10 out of 10. It's crisp, loud, and strong. I saw the swing cast - and even with these 3rd stringers - the show was magnificent and I cannot imagine it being better...To be fair - it's dense - very dense...I think the ensemble may just be the hardest working ensemble on Broadway today...It's a bona-fide hit and I am incredibly thankful for the ticket and will treasure my experience even more because of it." Full Review


"Director Thomas Kail keeps the story moving along with fluid precision and at an exhausting, nonstop pace at all times. The fusion of direction and choreography complement each other in the frenetic goings-on in this nearly three-hour, monumental show. 'Hamilton' has truly started a Broadway revolution and will continue to influence the American musical theater for years to come." Full Review


“Miranda puts eloquence in every mouth…‘Hamilton’ does offer enough musical theater touchstones to please the purist...Tom Kail’s direction and Andy Blankenbuehler’s choreography make for a seamless, sure-handed musical replete with stunning stage pictures...So Miranda has become one of those comparatively rare musical theater writers who follows his first success ('In the Heights') with a much greater triumph.” Full Review

Entertainment Weekly

"Lin-Manuel Miranda has turned a Founding Father’s largely forgotten narrative into one of the most joyful, kinetic, and extravagantly original musicals ever imagined for the stage...The play’s intrigue comes mostly from its potent stew of friendship and romance and outsize ambition; it’s as if 'House of Cards' were folded into a sort of 'Days of Our Colonial Lives' fever dream, then filtered through the minds of Tupac and Sondheim. It’s that strange and that spectacular, and you’d be crazy t... Full Review

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


"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

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

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

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

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


"You will never enjoy a story of the American Revolution more than this one as written and told by Lin-Manuel Miranda...This was not so much about the story for me as it was about how the story was told by this beautifully sculpted and colorful; mainly African-American and Latino cast...This production is truly masterful, and brings a modern twist to nearly 300-year-old history...This show fills the stage, and will fill every one of your senses." Full Review

Must see, Masterful, Intelligent, Clever, Ambitious

See it if See this to be woke. I am not a LMM fan, but the show is alive, fresh, and electrifying. Worth the hype. 100%

Don't see it if There is no reason not to see this show.

Dizzying, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you want to be sure it lives up to the hype. It DOES. Very satisfying writing, music, & performances. Lin Manuel Miranda instant legend.

Don't see it if Rapid-fire dialogue & music make you dizzy. Very simple set & basic costumes only--the real feature here is the writing & ideas put forth.

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Great acting, Great singing, Great writing, Great staging, Clever

See it if it's the hottest ticket in town and it lives up to all the hype.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in seeing the future of theatre.

Masterful, Ambitious, Enchanting

See it if See it... it's Hamilton

Don't see it if You don't want to pay $$$

Great staging, Epic, Ambitious, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you enjoy theater that is challenging, new, dynamic, musically and theatrically ambitious.

Don't see it if you want something tame, boring, old or predictable.

Great writing, Great singing, Must see, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if you like great singing, dancing and acting; you appreciate American History, or you want to see THE BEST most innovative show on Broadway!

Don't see it if Just see it, but don’t pay crazy high prices to resellers. Sign up on the Hamilton website to receive information on the next ticket release

Exquisite, Entertaining, Enchanting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if What more can you expect? Going in with high expectations was matched by a superlative production. Not a weak link anywhere .Go, Go, Go,

Don't see it if There is no option if you love theater. Maybe the cost?????

Great acting, Great singing, Exquisite, Absorbing, Clever

See it if Come on, do you really need me to tell you?

Don't see it if You can’t get tickets.

Ambitious, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if after hearing all the hype ws expecting to be disappointed. NOT AT ALL! lived up to the reputation. wonderful staging, costumes, actors all!

Don't see it if absolutsely opposed to any rap. or hate time period pieces or history.

Intelligent, Must see, Masterful, Ambitious, Great writing

See it if you want to see an amazingly creative show, appreciate history and exciting entertainment, want to be in on the conversation

Don't see it if I can't imagine why, but don't see it if you don't want to.

Also I just finally saw this show and am already ready to see it again. I l... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you want to understand how a mixed race Broadway musical won the Pulitzer Prize

Don't see it if We saw it in Seattle after thoroughly reading the libretto (recommended). It is absolutely brilliant, entertaining, educational and stunning

Fantastic show all around! clever lyrics and great choreography make it a great way to learn some history while being thoroughly entertained., Must see, Entertaining

See it if Like musicals and history, but I would say just go and see it. You won’t be disappointed.

Don't see it if You don’t like rap music or fast passed shows.

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Entertaining, Must see, Great staging, Great singing

See it if you want to immerse yourself in a different theatrical experience and style of musical

Don't see it if you do not enjoy rap music

Must see, Masterful, Great writing, Funny, Absorbing

See it if You don't hate musicals. This is the best I've ever seen, and I've seen a lot. Even my 60-y.o. parents who hate rap loved it.

Don't see it if You hate musicals.

Also I was worried that I wouldn't enjoy the musical that much because I ha... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Must see, Great singing, Great acting

See it if you want to see absolutely the best and most clever musical. Miranda is a genius, you might want to see a genius at work.

Don't see it if If you hate hip-hop or have difficulty hearing/understanding lyrics that are fast and furious.

Must see, Masterful, Great writing, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you have any capacity to appreciate musical theatre or good storytelling

Don't see it if you absolutely cannot stand rap (although my dad hates rap and he LOVED it)

Also Lin-Manuel Miranda's writing is absolute musical theatre GENIUS. His l... Read more Read less

Must see, Intelligent, Epic, Entertaining, Clever

See it if love a brilliant production by a genius! I wish every student had the opportunity to see the show. It's entertaining education.

Don't see it if want to remain unaware.

Entertaining, Ambitious, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if historical with the music options .. great lyrics and superb acting and staging

Don't see it if if they don't like rap or hear well!

Great acting, Entertaining, Must see, Incredible

See it if if you can get tickets, a history buff and or wanting to see a show like no other that’s been entertaining people for a few years.

Don't see it if not a fan of fast paced hip-hop and rap music.

Thought-provoking, Epic, Relevant, Must see, Great acting

See it if You enjoy clever thought provoking entertainment

Don't see it if You can not handle listening to rap

Thought-provoking, Must see, Intelligent, Great staging, Enchanting

See it if You are done living under a rock! you are a history buff, love rap music, or haven't seen it yet.

Don't see it if JUST SEE IT. Believe the HYPE

Absorbing, Great acting, Exquisite, Clever

See it if You want to see true genius at work

Don't see it if You do not care for history -

Ambitious, Absorbing, Masterful, Refreshing, Thought-provoking

See it if you have the chance. Seriously.

Don't see it if If the hype has turned you off, the show will probably still win you over. If you have trouble following rapidfire lyrics, maybe skip.

Intelligent and educational, Dynamic score, Innovative writing, Must see

See it if Lin-Manuel Miranda compresses Chernow’s 800-page biography of Hamilton into a musical of rap and song. Words come fast and cover many years.

Don't see it if Even if you don’t like rap mixed with various music styles, you should see this unique tradition-breaking musical.

Must see, Profound, Riveting, Epic, Absorbing

See it if You love a fresh take on Broadway musicals...or if you hate Broadway and are willing to give it one last shot!

Don't see it if You want a traditional big show tunes musical.