The magic of culture: Hamilton discussion

Books read
The joys of Hamilton.

Let’s talk Hamilton! If you’ve been living under a rock or don’t have Disney+ or know someone who has Disney+ you may still be in the dark to its awesomeness. To this, I say, you urgently need to catch up. Everything about this production is magic, from the brilliance of the son of an immigrant portraying and writing a play about an immigrant founding father to all the beautiful faces and voices that bring this moment, this turning point in our nation’s history to life is, simply put: amazing. But, I think I’m getting ahead of myself. 

Entry points

Hamilton has several points of accessibility at this point in time. In its infancy, it was a broadway play, available only on Broadway. It then expanded to take the show on the road. Tickets for these productions would set you back about $200 a pop. For me, that made it cost prohibitive to see the magic on stage. But, luckily enough, there are many other entry points. 

Probably the most popular with this audience, there is the biography by Ron Chernow. This has been sitting on my bookshelf for some time now. Because there are not enough hours in the day to read all of the books I’d like to consume in a given year, I have yet to read it. The other accessibility point that I’ve just discovered in downloading a new audiobook to listen to my on my walks is Hamilton The Revolution, which takes you behind the scenes in discovering how the broadway play came to be.

Given that this is a musical, you can let your ears take it away and listen to the soundtrack streaming on Spotify or other portals, I imagine. This gives you the play without the visuals. And, finally, Hamilton the video production was released on July 3, 2020 to be streaming on Disney+. It’s a live taping of the Broadway show, making it as close to the theater production that you’ll see (with the exceptions of a few f**ks! See the Twitter thread pictured here for this hilarious interlude). 

If I didn’t think I loved this man before, I definitely do now.

Why magic?

I say that this is pure and total magic because, approaching it as a creator, you can zoom out and see that this was created from scratch, bringing together so many brilliant minds, a historian, a playwright, a theater production company, who were all so captivated by the sounds of Lin Manuel Miranda and the story of Hamilton that represents so many of our stories to all come together to bring this to fruition in such a big way. Add in the book publishers and Disney execs who made this thing come to life in so many more ways than one and I don’t think we can ever truly appreciate the serendipity — nay, hard work and enthusiasm on so many people’s parts to make this thing a thing. It’s beautiful and, I’ll say it again, magic. 

I’m not gonna waste my shot

If you don’t come out of any of these entry points with a renewed vigor to consume your days away or, in my case, to create your days away, you’re doing something wrong. Pause, open your mind and your eyes and try again. You can do it. Don’t waste your shot ;). 

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