I have scoured the internet to find fellow Hamilton lovers in Dubai to no avail. Therefore, I have decided to entice you all to join me here in this pit in hell where the soundtrack is always playing and someone is always crying over how expensive Hamilton tickets are.
The thing is, Lin-Manuel Miranda is a genius and everyone needs to be aware of this fact. He has had previous success with his first musical called In The Heights. He wrote the first draft of it in 1999 when he was just a sophomore in college. He wrote the lyrics himself and also starred as the male lead, Usnavi. It had a lot of success off-Broadway and continued to be very successful on Broadway. The show was nominated for 13 Tony awards and won 4 of them. It also won a Grammy in 2009.
He worked on other projects since and he did great work on all of them. But none of them will ever compare to Hamilton: An American Musical. According to Miranda, this play took him 6-7 years to finish, with one of the songs, My Shot, taking a year by itself as it was constantly revised by him till he felt it appropriately reflected Alexander Hamilton’s wit and intellect.
It all began when Miranda read Ron Chernow’s biography of Alexander Hamilton in 2008 while on vacation and the idea came to him. He said that Alexander Hamilton’s story is very representative of a hip-hop story. He started from the bottom and clawed his way up the social ladder till he became one of America’s founding fathers and its first Treasury Secretary. And so, naturally, LMM decided to write a rap musical about him. Seven years of hard work, the musical was a smashing hit and sold out off-Broadway. It continued on to Broadway and did even better, selling out venues months in advance with ticket prices rocketing all the while. Miranda described it as, “A story about America then, told by America now.” Hamilton garnered a record-breaking 16 Tony nominations, of which it won 11.
As of right now, the cheapest Hamilton ticket you could possibly get is no less than $300. Yeah, I’m going to sit in bed, crying, with the cast recording of the Hamilton soundtrack on repeat, too. Speaking of the cast recording – it’s amazing. It is everything you could ever want in music. The genre varies from hip-hop to R&B, to pop, to jazz and the lyrics are so intelligent and multi-layered that it’ll take a couple of listens at least for you to catch on to all the quips and funny references (there is so much shade thrown between the characters, it gives me life).
So go listen to that. I’ll wait here for you to come back so we can fangirl together. Also, you’re welcome. Thank me (and Lin) later.