Get Aboard The Hamiltrain
2015-12-10, 3:36 p.m.
Have you heard about Hamilton yet? Elizabeth already mentioned it, so let's go on about it even more!
It's kind of ridiculous how obsessed I can get with a few musicals. I was obsessed with Avenue Q when it came out, long before I finally saw it. I was on a Book of Mormon kick for months after I saw it this year and listened to it on repeat obsessively for two months. And then i was all, "I should stop this, seriously, it's been two months" and then like a week or two later, the Hamilton soundtrack came out on NPR and I remembered oh yeah, I've heard about this before and...SHA-BOOM.
What's it about? It's described as "the story of America then, told by America now." I'm gonna describe it as, "the founding of America, as told by a bunch of rappers doing musical theater and it's awesome. Is it that big of a deal? Yes. Here's the soundtrack on YouTube. Here's a character guide. There's annotated lyrics and more explanations and apocrypha and demos and Lin-Manuel Miranda doing his own annotations.
Seriously, I kinda can't think about anything else other than Hamilton, and a lot of other people are having the same problem. I love how like every other week Metafilter is having another Hamilton thread and people can't stop themselves from making jokes at every possible opportunity.
I am now all obsessed with reading biographies of the people in the show.
Now, I can't actually see the show. Probably not for YEARS since it would probably cost me two months worth of salary to fly out there, get tickets, and stay somewhere, assuming I could even get tickets and I can't exactly fly out there to do the $10 lottery draw (known as Ham4Ham, where they do memorable pre-shows you can watch online). I am NOT A CITY GIRL by any means, San Francisco frequently gives me the wiggins, and I do not want to go to New York because I figure it's even crazier than San Francisco except the weather's even worse, there's no hippies, and everyone's wearing black. I'm about 95-99% sure I'd hate the place and go curl up in a corner while screaming. However, I'd almost kinda want to go just to see this show. (Annoyingly, the one person I know of rich enough to go--a friend of my mom's--doesn't wanna because there's rap. Ugh.) But...realistically I'll have to wait for four years like I did to see Book of Mormon. Dammit. Oh well.
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