The Hamilton Uproar

I love music, particular the music from Broadway musicals. When I read about the play, “Hamilton,” I immediately reserved a copy of the original cast album from the library. When I was notified that the CD was available, I rushed to the library to pick it up. Coming home, I plopped it into my CD player and listened to several of the beginning tracks. It was not what I had expected. It was rap. I returned the CD to the library without finishing it. However, I did do something wise: I reserved a copy of Ron Chernow’s biography of Alexander Hamilton on which the play is based. It took quite a while for the book to become available, all 731 pages of tiny print. During the reading, I occasionally listened to tracks from the play, posting the lyrics on the left side of my computer screen while playing the track on the other side. As I read, the songs in the play came alive, and the exceptionalism of the play became apparent. As I write, I have only one more chapter to read: “Eliza.” One of these days I will have an opportunity to see the play “Hamilton,” which played so successfully during the political turmoil of the Trump/Clinton election season.



About bobosbest

I am an 80-year-old retired English teacher whose writing goals are fulfilled by publishing these blogs. I have a wonderful married partner, Dimitris Tsitsiras, who is from Greece. Life is good and still an adventure.
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