Watching this musical was a very long time in coming – more than a year, in fact. But it was definitely well worth the wait.
Listening to just the soundtrack couldn’t touch on what it was like to watch this live. From the opening song right to the end, I was completely hooked.
I did, however, find it quite difficult to follow the song Farmer Refuted, when Hamilton is singing over Seabury. Non-Stop was easier to follow with the different sets of words being sung.
It was really nice to see more elements of humour that weren’t as obvious in the soundtrack alone. King George was one of the better aspects and it was very much like he was stealing the show, from his little speech right at the start of the musical (it’s all about ME), to staying on the stage during the song The Reynolds Pamphlet.
Even if I didn’t like the character so much, I very much enjoyed the portrayal of Jefferson in this musical and I found the actor did a really good job of engaging with the audience in a similar way to how King George had.
I did find it a little difficult to get used to the actor playing Aaron Burr, as his accent made it seem like almost everything he said was a joke.
I did think a lot of the scenes were done really well, such as when everyone bar one of the actors froze…and I also really liked the lighting and general atmosphere, all of which contributed to making the experience a really good one.
I did get quite emotional especially towards the end of the musical. The songs were definitely well-performed…and I can’t honestly say I disliked any of them, although I did especially enjoy Non-Stop and King George’s appearances. And it was also really good to see how the actors never broke character, even when Eliza’s veil slipped off her head and she didn’t so much as break stride.
This was a very enjoyable experience and it was particularly nice to be able to watch this with my family. I would dearly love the chance to watch it again, as just listening to the soundtrack is really not the same thing.