It’s a snowy night in Salt Lake City and we find ourselves on the way to the Eccles Theater for a wonderful date night to take in some culture. I love the theater so much, it’s something that I enjoyed so frequently living on the East Coast, but, as you are all aware, the last two years certainly put a stop to that! I am thrilled that fabulous productions are brought to cities across the country through Broadway Across America, so that if you are not in New York City, you can see the shows and musicals that touch our lives and hearts.
This holiday season, we are privileged to have Hamilton grace the stage. With all of the hundreds of shows I have enjoyed over the course of the years, unbelievably, Hamilton is one I did not see on the stage. Although I had tickets to the production, the world shut down right around the time I was to go see it. So, of course, I was excited* to finally get to see what all the hype was about.
This was the first time I had been to the Eccles Theater. It is incredibly easy to get to, parking is a block away, and the building is really quite lovely and modern. Walking into the theater, we found our seats in the orchestra, which could not have been a more perfect view of the show. I couldn’t help but notice the gorgeous ceiling that adorns the theater and the balconies that house 2500 seats for patrons. It really is a beautiful theater.
I may have been living under a rock over the last few years, as soon as the show began, I realized my husband and I may have been the only two in the audience who had not heard the music or knew the story line. That’s ok, because that certainly wasn’t necessary to feel the energy and experience the talent of the cast of Hamilton, as they proceeded to unfold the story of Alexander Hamilton’s life.
Obviously, the fact that this musical portrays all the historical figures in a multicultural dynamic is groundbreaking and unlike any other musical before. It lended a fresh and revolutionary way to depict the lives of some of the founding fathers of our nation. I was very impressed at the creative way this story was told. To take historical events from the late 1700’s and early 1800’s and transform them into a hip and energetic musical would be difficult to do. Not everyone loves history, but writing a musical in hip hop and rap brings the foundational history of our country to the ears of a younger generation that clearly can not get enough of it.
We loved experiencing the energy, voices, and dancing from this show. Although there are many songs in the musical, they flow together and intertwine so well, the time passes quickly. Even if you don’t think you are a fan of the styles of music, generally, that are brought to the stage in this production, you will be pleasantly surprised to see how catchy and appealing the music is. It is clear that Hamilton is a favorite among audiences everywhere and it is one that lives up to the attention it has received.
Do not throw away your shot to see this limited engagement in Salt Lake City while it runs now through January 23, 2022!
Tickets for HAMILTON are currently on sale. Patrons are advised to check the official HAMILTON channels, Broadway-at-the-Eccles.com or ArtTix.org, for late release seats which may become available at short notice.
HAMILTON is the story of America then, told by America now. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway, HAMILTON has taken the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a revolutionary moment in theatre—a musical that has had a profound impact on culture, politics, and education.
With book, music, and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, HAMILTON is based on Ron Chernow’s acclaimed biography. It has won Tony®, Grammy®, and Olivier Awards, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and an unprecedented special citation from the Kennedy Center Honors.
The HAMILTON creative team previously collaborated on the Tony Award ® Winning Best Musical IN THE HEIGHTS.
HAMILTON features scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by Nevin Steinberg, hair and wig design by Charles G. LaPointe, casting by The Telsey Office, Bethany Knox, CSA, and General Management by Baseline Theatrical.
The musical is produced by Jeffrey Seller, Sander Jacobs, Jill Furman and The Public Theater.
The HAMILTON Original Broadway Cast Recording is available everywhere nationwide. The HAMILTON recording received a 2016 Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Album.
*we were invited to see the show to facilitate a feature, all opinions are my own*