46 Songs, 2 Hours, 22 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s smash Broadway show celebrating the life of Founding Father and American icon Alexander Hamilton winds its tale ingeniously around a series of sinuous hip-hop and R&B grooves. The twists and turns of Hamilton’s complex story mirror the deft, sometimes tongue-twisting turns the performers take in their delivery. It’s not all hip-hop; the ’60s-influenced pop of “You’ll Be Back” and the classical influence of “Take a Break” underline Miranda’s range, and it all adds up to a visionary redefinition of musical theater.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s smash Broadway show celebrating the life of Founding Father and American icon Alexander Hamilton winds its tale ingeniously around a series of sinuous hip-hop and R&B grooves. The twists and turns of Hamilton’s complex story mirror the deft, sometimes tongue-twisting turns the performers take in their delivery. It’s not all hip-hop; the ’60s-influenced pop of “You’ll Be Back” and the classical influence of “Take a Break” underline Miranda’s range, and it all adds up to a visionary redefinition of musical theater.

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Customer Reviews

5 out of 5

4468 Ratings

How lucky we are to be alive right now...

3-Chord Sultan,

Lin Manuel Miranda has created a masterwork with the emotion of Les Mis and the intelligent complexity of Sondheim, and the propulsive energy of hip-hop.
Since seeing the show in May, the wait for this album has been a daily frustration.
This show is going to change musical theatre forever. Trust me, you wanna be on the ground floor which this one folks.

You may not think you'll like it...

Guildive,

I admit, I had major doubts and reservations about this whole concept when I first heard about it. I majored in history, and the Revolution and Early Republic are my focus. I have immense respect for this time period and I don't like to see history subverted to fill a pop culture niche. I am also a major fan of musical theatre, and I participate both as a viewer and actor. I love Sherman Edward's and Peter Stone's 1776, and when I heard there was going to be a musical about Hamilton, one of my absolute favorite historical figures (trust me, I named my son, Hamilton, after this man), I was very excited.
All this said, I am absolutely not a fan of hip-hop/rap and most modern R&B. I feel that the vast majority is derivative, unimaginative, and adds nothing to the musical landscape. As such, I was beyond disappointed and a little upset that the time period I love so much was going to be tarnished with a "Whassup, homie?" approach.

But I gave it a listen anyway.

I stand amazed and utterly impressed by what Lin-Manuel Miranda has done with this. Not only did I (quite unexpectedly) enjoy the music, but I was relieved and thrilled to discover that Miranda treated the source material with respect and knew what he was talking about. Yes, there are of course historical inaccuracies, but nowhere near as many as in 1776, and the few that are there are standard artistic license, totally forgivable. The music is melodic and catchy, and filled with all the dramatic highs and emotional lows that you find in the best-written Broadway fare.

If you are like I was, a non-hip-hop fan staring at the album wondering if it's worth your time, please listen as you would any other musical. Unless you are completely closed off to modern musicals, you will find something, probably many things, to like here. And this is from someone who went into the album expecting to hate it.

A great new addition to the American musical theatre family.

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