Is it obvious I love all things Hamilton? Well I do. Recently, thanks to my mother in law, I had the opportunity to see the show in Utah. She and her bestie have season tickets to Eccles theater. When Hamilton announced it would be coming to the Eccles they found out they'd be allowed to get one extra ticket per season ticket before they were released to the public. Luckily my father and law and I were the beneficiaries of those tickets. I can't do anything halfway so I picked out a Hamilton inspired outfit for the show.
We ate dinner at Brio. My mother in law was chatting up a double date in the elevator on the way out of the parking garage. She talks up everyone. They told us they were going to Hamilton. "Oh we are going to Hamilton," my mother in law told them. "We are going to dinner first," they said. "So are we," she said, "We are going to Brio." "Oh," the lady says, "Do you have reservations because we called them and they are booked out?" "Yes, we do," my mother in law said. And that pretty much ended the conversation because that lady had some serious jealousy going on.
The show was amazing! The first ten minutes I struggled for a bit. I've listened to this show so often that I know every pause, every inflection. While the cast was extremely talented this was not the original cast and I'm not kidding when I say that I've pretty much memorized Lin Manuel. That first ten minutes every time Joseph Morales didn't match exactly I would cringe just a little and then about ten minutes in I just let it go, it was when the woman came out. After I relaxed it was pure bliss. Guys, this show is genius. The set and the costumes are so simple but what they do with them is just amazing. The chorus is so talented. The cast was amazing. Special shout out to Shoba Narayan and TaRea Campbell. They were incredible. Also Nik Walker and Marcus Choi, wow! Really everyone was amazing. By intermission I was enthralled and the second half I pretty much cried the entire time. This is such a great show and with a few tweaks (I'm thinking of you f-bombs) I could see this show being put on by any high school in America in ten years and it still being great. It really is a true gem! I'm so thankful for the opportunity I had to see it and only a small bit of regret that I didn't get to see the original cast.
Two weeks later we returned to Utah because on the day of ticket release, the second they released I tried for tickets, and I got three. I was hoping for four but what can you do. So we returned again, this time so that Dr. J could take our two oldest girls. They loved it. The first thing J told me when he walked out was that Shoba Narayan has the voice of an angel. He is not exaggerating. We left for home right after the show and the girls spent a good hour telling me about their favorite parts. And oh yeah, I made them dresses to go to the show. I would have loved to see it again and I would have loved to see people's reactions to the dresses, J said people loved them, but I'm so glad three more people in my family got to see it. Also because their tickets were so high I made sure to send them with some opera glasses. They still had a great view but they loved having the glasses. It just made them feel even more in character. Thanks Lin Manuel for this masterpiece.
And just for fun this is one of the t-shirts I snagged!