19 comments on “Hamilton the musical

  1. Hamilton was evil political slime who–for once in this life– got what he deserved.

    Given its subject matter the musical can only be a shitshow.

  2. BiS: Surprised no-one’s scored Mandelson the musical, yet.

    You could always settle for Ben Britten’s “Billy Budd” if you want an all-male show with sailors.

  3. Having just listened to a handful of songs it sounds like potted history for half wits. I suppose the choreography must make up for the lack of wit and style in the lyrics and the lack of music

  4. The soundtrack is on Spotify. I’m not entirely sure how the stats are compiled or exactly what they mean , but it says it has about 1.6m monthly listeners and the top track has been streamed about 58m times.

    As a comparison, The Beatles have 11.4m monthly listeners and Here Comes The Sun has been streamed 131m times.

  5. Yes, there’s a soundtrack album.

    Sold a million copies in just over a year (released Sept 2015, hit the million in January this year).

    https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/chart-beat/7655130/billboard-200-hamilton-cast-album-james-arthur-taylor-swift

    No singles released from it.

    There’s also a covers album (“The Hamilton Mixtape”) with various pop and rap artists covering the songs, which also sold well.

    The actual beginning of Hamilton wasn’t Drunk History, but this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNFf7nMIGnE – a live performance of one song (the only one then written) at the White House.

  6. Hamilton is the musical equivalent of Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time… You know, the sort of book you buy and set on the coffee table on the off chance someone who doesn’t know you very well will be fooled into thinking you’re an intellectual. That’s the kind of musical Hamilton is. Only in this case it’s there to try to fool people into thinking you’re woke.

  7. For some reason all the remoaners I know are inordinately proud of having tickets for this show. I imagine Newmania will be along to tell us how incredible it is

  8. I was taken to see it by a younger friend. Musical theatre is not my thing generally, so my expectations were low. The history is of course bunk but then it’s a musical not a documentary. The characterisations are shallow and anachronistic, but then it’s a musical. It’s colour-blind in its casting (though not gender blind like a lot of modern theatre). Dr Johnson’s wise question “Why do we hear the greatest yelps for liberty from the drivers of negro slaves?” came to mind as black actors represented said drivers. Having said that, the production is slick, the modern music works, the story was driven well by said music (technically it’s an opera, not a musical as the whole script is sung) and the cast was both talented and energetic. I was mildly entertained and no musical has ever done better than that for me (except perhaps the equally ludicrous Les Mis., which has great tunes as sometimes the Devil does and a hell of a lot more humour). To report fairly, my younger musical theatre loving friends with me adored it. They didn’t really see it as political and just loved the music. They had been listening to the original US cast recording for a year in eager anticipation of the show coming to London and had flown in from Warsaw to see it. I don’t think we should be too grumpy about it. It’s not as radical or shocking as Oh Calcutta! was in its time. I’d say the millennials are really quite conservative (except perhaps as to imaginary genders) compared to us in our day!

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