I’m moving on Saturday and I’m beyond overjoyed that I was able to catch Hamilton the musical at Dr. Phillips Center. Everyone has heard the hype, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s show has opened musical theater up to a new generation. Tim and I were able to see the show together but my 14-year-old son Jason really wanted to come along and we didn’t have the extra ticket. He was so disappointed, apparently, he is learning about Hamilton right now in school. He has never, even once, wanted to see a Broadway production.
And do I ever wish he could have joined us. He wanted to be in the room where it happens and he missed his shot. Maybe, however, in the future, we’ll be able to check it out in Los Angeles or even on Broadway and that would blow us all away. Who could say no to this? Phew, okay I pushed it kind of hard there if you didn’t get that you absolutely must buy tickets to the show. There are still some left over the next few weeks. Even better if you are on a budget, the Hamilton Lottery is available for 40 shows in Orlando. You can sign up on the app or online about two days before the show. If you win, tickets are only $10 each and you can purchase two. There is also always a chance late notice tickets will go on sale so keep your eyes open.
Now more about the show itself. The actors were the most talented I’ve seen in any tour. Nik Walker as Aaron Burr was phenomenal. His energy was addictive. Everyone around us was snapping and tapping anytime he was onstage. His mother should be proud. My other favorite was Jon Patrick Walker (they are not related) who played King George. This role is just fun and sassy but unfortunately doesn’t appear often. When he does though you will be rolling in the aisles. His song, You’ll Be Back, is addictive and I’m still singing it today. That and The Room Where It Happens, sung by Nik Walker as Aaron Burr, are the two I can’t get out of my head. When you get tickets cross your fingers these two actors aren’t under the weather!
The simplicity of the costumes and set design in Hamilton is half the fun. The dancers wear tight pants and corsets or vests, all in a bland beige color and this is perfection. It is almost a lack of costume and then when Thomas Jefferson comes out in a flashy purple number you can understand his importance. Main characters wear color, the more important the more colorful. And the set design is brown and doesn’t change much. They rely more on props to convey their story. Obviously, the actors rely the most on their acting and singing skills which each one has in spades.
Orlando is lucky to have Hamilton the musical in town and you owe it to yourself to check it out. Whether you purchase your tickets online at Dr. Phillips Center or you download the Hamilton Lottery app for $10 tickets. Take your children, take your parents, take your spouse, take the girl you’ve been trying to woo. This is a surefire way to impress an important person in your life. Let me know what you think!
*Huge thanks to the team at Dr. Phillips Center for the two tickets so I could review the show! All opinions are my own.