Hamilton at the Hollywood Pantages Simply Astounds
Although, I was not planning to see Hamilton at the Hollywood Pantages, that’s how it worked out. Not everybody is a big fan of musicals. My husband is one of those people. He lets me drag him to shows that he otherwise, left to his own devices, would not see. Such a good sport. Mostly we go to shows in San Francisco at a Sunday matinee. We can drive into the City for brunch, catch the show and be home in time for dinner. However, we could not get tickets for Hamilton when the show was in San Francisco.
Now that it’s traveled to Los Angeles, it was a little bit easier. My husband signed on from his cellphone carrier, and I used WiFi on my computer, and he got the better seats. Still, it wasn’t cheap. It was four figures to see that show. And we were definitely not front and center to see Hamilton at the Hollywood Pantages.
I am also not a big fan of hip hop nor much rap. Not exposed to much of it. Too old and crotchety. I prefer alternative, punk rock and 1960s. But I can tell you I didn’t even notice the style of the music. Some of the songs are still going through my head, they are THAT catchy! Yes, yes, I want to be in the room where it happens. Some day, fight as you may, you can say all you want that I’m not throwing away my shot, but you know what? You will.
This musical was mesmerizing. So much energy. From the opening number to the intermission to the closing, it captures your imagination. There is not enough time nor space in my blog to give a review of this show — you can find plenty online — but I will admit it was better than I had imagined. I imagined it would be great. I would see it again.
One of the unique aspects of the show was most of the characters were black, not white. Portraying white people from history. I know others say the intentional casting was to create color blindness, and in many ways it did. It sucked me in regardless. I didn’t notice it until I had left the Hamilton at the Hollywood Pantages and reflected more on how the show made me feel.
It gave me hope for our country, I guess. After all of this crazy mess with Trump goes up in flames or whatever happens to make it go away, maybe we can return to our democracy. If you get a chance, go see it. I found discounted tickets online the day before the show available through the theater. On the other hand, if you’re looking to sell a home in Sacramento, please call your Sacramento Realtor, Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759.