To be a broken record:
I cannot believe that I have lived to see this happen. That I am alive at a time when this is happening. When this game-changing show – about a man I have loved since I was 14, 15 years old – a man I have written more about on my site than another individual, including Cary Grant and Elvis – is becoming THE THING. Teenagers are into it. Teenagers are reading the Chernow biography. And those who may have a tendency to sneer at all of the Founding Fathers (merely because they haven’t been properly educated) are also discovering it, and discovering, too, the nuance in those Origin Stories that have been lost in the self-loathing cynicism of the last 40 years. Not to sound bitter. Or, yeah, I’m bitter. It’s one of the reasons I have written so much about all “those guys” in the way that I do.
I have … envy about the Hamilton thing … or anxiety … not sure the word. It’s like when you’re into something really cool, an early adopter, and nobody understands and maybe even they make fun of you for it. Like me wearing Doc Martens in high school. Or being into Nirvana because of Bleach. And then a couple of years later, everyone is wearing Doc Martens, and everyone figures out what you already knew: Nirvana is awesome. I can’t explain it better than that. But I am HAPPY that this show is what it is. That my dead boyfriend is not only having his moment in the sun (he already had it with the Chernow bio, as well as the celebrations on the bicentennial of his death in 1804) … but with THIS. A show that Eminem went to see, for God’s sake.
I feel so fortunate I got to see it and I am trying to finagle a way to see it again.
The song in the clip, by the way, is the opening number of the show. Ron Chernow, who acted as adviser to Lin Manuel-Miranda, came to see the first run-through. Or, a rehearsal, where they performed this number for him. Chernow said later, “I couldn’t believe it. They actually got the entire first 40 pages of my book into that song.”
Listen to the ovation when Lin Manuel Miranda enters. My God. I can’t remember a Broadway show in my lifetime that has gotten that kind of response.
And to Supernatural fans: of course you will recognize Leslie Odom Jr., who plays Aaron Burr, arguably the best role in the show. Hamilton does not exactly rehabilitate the man (how could it? Burr killed the hero), but it does help explain him and get inside of what Hamilton must have looked like to Burr.
Congratualations to all involved.
And yeah, to be a snot about it: to those who are just discovering now that Alexander Hamilton was an extraordinary man:
1. It’s about time.
2. Welcome. You finally get it.