Don’t Read This Unless You’re Ready for a New Obsession

Okay, but don’t say I didn’t warn you….

hamilton the musical

Heyo I’m just like my country I’m young, scrappy and hungry, and I’m not throwing away my shot!

A lot of you have probably heard the word Hamilton being tossed around recently and are maybe wondering what on earth everyone is talking about. Well let me tell you: Hamilton is hip-hop musical about the life of American Founding Father, Alexander Hamilton.

There’s a sentence you don’t hear every day, eh?

And what’s probably even more surprising? It is a fucking masterpiece. Zero exaggeration. It is phenomenal in every single respect.

My boyfriend started playing the music from Hamilton around our apartment last week, and to be honest I wasn’t paying it much attention- I am in my last semester of university I do not have time to get sucked down into a new rabbit hole right now. But “You’ll Be Back,” the hilarious song sung by King George (Jonathon Groff) after the colonies declare independence, cracked me up every single time, so eventually curiosity got the better of me.

That curiosity ended with me sitting in the middle of the main building on my campus crying over bloody Alexander Hamilton, of all things. Seriously. I’m a freaking history major. I knew how he died, I knew the entire time how it was going to end, and yet…

So now you’re all sitting there thinking “okay but you’re one of those crazies who actually likes history, so of course you liked it.” Well first of all I actually kind of despise dealing with early American history. I recognize its importance and all, but I get bored pretty quickly.

But beyond that, if this was something only a history nerd would enjoy, I somehow doubt it would be outselling every other show currently running on Broadway. And yet that is exactly what Hamilton has managed to do. The show is sold out through August, and is mostly sold out through October. *sobs violently*

The music to this show is a work of genius. All you need is one listen through, or a quick look at any of the lyric pages on Genius– all of which have been extensively annotated- to understand just how amazing Hamilton is. Not convinced? Here are a few of my personal favorite songs to get you started off:

Highlights!

The Schuyler Sisters – In which the Schuyler sisters walk the streets of the greatest city in the world.

You’ll Be Back – In which King George is wholly un-amused with all this independence talk.

Right Hand Man – In which George Washington is introduced and Hamilton gets his shot.

Guns and Ships – In which Lafayette is introduced and the tide of the revolution turns for the underdogs.

Cabinet Battle #1 – In which Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton go at it in a freaking RAP BATTLE.

I Know Him – In which King George is perplexed by the whole “changing leaders” concept when Washington leaves office.

 

I could list practically every song from the show to be honest, but I dare you to listen to a few of those and then tell me you didn’t immediately need to listen to the whole damn thing. I DARE you.

Listen to it. Tweet me about it. I need more people to fangirl with over this. Also Brits- tell me what you think of King George’s songs; I’ve been curious. And if you’ve listened to it already, how many references did you find in this post? Ha!

XOXO

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  • My favorite tracks are My Shot, Satisfied, Wait for It, Hurricane, It’s Quiet Uptown, Cabinet Battle #1, and the whole thing cause it’s amazing!! My friends hate me when I bring it up, but oh well. I will never be satisfied.

    • Katie Conigliaro

      They are all so good its impossible to choose. I had to stop adding songs or it would have gotten ridiculous, but another I really wanted to include was The Reynolds Pamphlet, but I wasn’t sure it would have full effect if you didn’t know the rest of the story. Satisfied is GORGEOUS. Quiet Uptown results in gross sobbing so…

      I also really like Washington on Your Side and The Room Where It Happens. Augh its all so good.

  • You had me at Jonathon Groff. Totally need to check this out. Totally need another musical to get into. My sisters will LOVE this! Thanks so much Katsy.

    • Katie Conigliaro

      He is amazing and hilarious and oh my gosh I love every song he is in. I want to see it when he is still playing him soo bad and I’m scared I’ve already missed my chance :/

      • Oh noes!!! So want to see him on Broadway. Totally loved the music and have been listening to it since I commented to you last. Lol. Thanks!

  • Danielle Knapp

    Totally need to check this out – sounds amazing!

    • Katie Conigliaro

      It is soooo goooooooddd. I hope you love it!

  • This sounds really interesting but I can’t get any of the videos to work 🙁

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    • Katie Conigliaro

      oh no! that’s super weird. did you try just searching some of the titles on youtube instead of following the links? I have no idea why they wouldn’t be working!

      • I think they were blocked in my country and all the suggestions were parodies. Eventually found them though. Yay! I like the concept although I had no idea who Alexander Hamilton was until today haha.

  • I’ve been meaning to check this out, I’ve heard nothing but greatness about Hamilton. <3