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Re: Let's watch Hamilton! For the fourth time!
« Reply #100 on: February 26, 2018, 08:39:01 AM »
The Hamilton OCR is on Spotify https://open.spotify.com/album/1kCHru7uhxBUdzkm4gzRQc.  It is amazing and literally free.  I also read that they filmed the original cast production already and they will eventually release it.  Be more like Burr, wait for it wait for it...

For people who have never heard of it and would like to learn more, I thought the profile in the New Yorker was pretty good: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/02/09/hamiltons

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Re: Let's watch Hamilton! For the fourth time!
« Reply #101 on: February 28, 2018, 03:47:20 PM »
You know, I actually just saw "Phantom", and I'm not sure Raul is that great a prize. Persuades Christine to go into a dangerous situation, gets himself caught in a noose at a critical moment...it's no victory that they wind up as a couple.
I saw Phantom (LA) and Les Miz (NY) in the same year. Hands down, Les Miz was the better tale. That was the only time I've seen Phantom, but I have seen LM four times around the world. Now, to achieve that goal for Hamilton without going broke.

Cool Hamilton tidbit: A friend has a young man and his parents as clients. The son is a rising actor with a fine voice. He decides to take a chance and audition for Hamilton. He gets called back and called back, singing many, many roles. He begins to lose hope of being cast when he gets a phone call. You see, every person who plays the role of Hamilton must be approved by LMM himself, and they need this young actor to audition for him. You guessed it, he got the role of Alexander Hamilton. His parents are having a blast traveling to every city he is appearing in. I hope he has a long and varied career. What a way to launch a career into orbit!

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« Reply #102 on: February 28, 2018, 04:36:09 PM »
That's a cool story, Dicey!

I took DD to the Seattle production last week -- it was her 13th birthday present and she was SOOOOOO excited!  I was a little worried that the cast wouldn't be as good as the original Broadway cast, but was pleasantly surprised -- their performances were different, to be sure, but also stellar.  The staging was absolutely amazing -- esp, the rewind, which I think is one of the most interesting bits of theater I'd ever seen.

It was a splurge, but worth it.  And I would see it again.  We're FIREd-- we can afford stuff like this once in awhile.

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Re: Let's watch Hamilton! For the fourth time!
« Reply #103 on: February 28, 2018, 05:25:49 PM »
esp, the rewind, which I think is one of the most interesting bits of theater I'd ever seen.

I saw it in NYC with my DD about a year ago but am not sure what you're referring to here.  Can you explain more which part this is?

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« Reply #104 on: February 28, 2018, 06:10:23 PM »
esp, the rewind, which I think is one of the most interesting bits of theater I'd ever seen.

I saw it in NYC with my DD about a year ago but am not sure what you're referring to here.  Can you explain more which part this is?

At the dance scene where Hamilton meets Eliza -- you first see it through Eliza's eyes, and she sings "Helpless", which ends at their wedding, and then it shifts to Angelica's perspective and a little bit into "Satisfied" they literally rewind the music and rotate the stage backwards and then you go back to the point of Hamilton's entry to the party and she retells the whole thing from her perspective, explaining why she introduced him to Eliza when she really loved him herself.

Lin Manuel Miranda is a truly gifted person....

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Re: Let's watch Hamilton! For the fourth time!
« Reply #105 on: February 28, 2018, 06:29:51 PM »
esp, the rewind, which I think is one of the most interesting bits of theater I'd ever seen.

I saw it in NYC with my DD about a year ago but am not sure what you're referring to here.  Can you explain more which part this is?

At the dance scene where Hamilton meets Eliza -- you first see it through Eliza's eyes, and she sings "Helpless", which ends at their wedding, and then it shifts to Angelica's perspective and a little bit into "Satisfied" they literally rewind the music and rotate the stage backwards and then you go back to the point of Hamilton's entry to the party and she retells the whole thing from her perspective, explaining why she introduced him to Eliza when she really loved him herself.

Lin Manuel Miranda is a truly gifted person....

Ah right, thank you.

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« Reply #106 on: February 28, 2018, 09:08:59 PM »
esp, the rewind, which I think is one of the most interesting bits of theater I'd ever seen.

I saw it in NYC with my DD about a year ago but am not sure what you're referring to here.  Can you explain more which part this is?

At the dance scene where Hamilton meets Eliza -- you first see it through Eliza's eyes, and she sings "Helpless", which ends at their wedding, and then it shifts to Angelica's perspective and a little bit into "Satisfied" they literally rewind the music and rotate the stage backwards and then you go back to the point of Hamilton's entry to the party and she retells the whole thing from her perspective, explaining why she introduced him to Eliza when she really loved him herself.

Lin Manuel Miranda is a truly gifted person....
lhamo, I saw that you had seen it on another thread, but I figured it was your story to tell. So glad you enjoyed it.

Here's another Hamilton story. DH and I are real estate junkies. We look at open houses constantly. We were at one right after we saw the show. A kid came in wearing a Hamilton t-shirt. Since I'd just been there, I knew the prices were astronomical. I said jokingly, "What? Your folks went to Hamilton and all you got was a t-shirt? Kid says, "This one comes with a good story". He explained that the woman who played Angelica in the SF show was a friend of his mom's. (She was awesome, and has a notable bleached out, half shaved head hairdo. Seriously awesome.) She was in the chorus in the original cast, but had higher aspirations. She left to do another show and then was cast in the lead in the SF show. According to the kid, the actress, Emmy Raver-Lampman, stayed with them when she came to SF. I have no idea if any of this is true, but the parents walked in as the kid was finishing the story and didn't contradict him. It's kind of an amazing Cinderella story. Except that she worked her ass off. Come to think of it, so did Cinderella. If you watch the original cast videos on You Tube, you can spot her in the chorus. I love how this show is launching so many talented people.

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« Reply #107 on: March 01, 2018, 06:58:14 AM »
The "rewind" part blew my mind, too -- I know it's a device that's been used in many plays and musicals over the years, but this was just super emotionally impactful.

I was lucky enough to see the original Broadway cast and Renee Elise Goldsberry KILLED this song. I met her a few times in college which made me feel a little special :) I'm in awe of her talent and also the fact that she is in her late 40s and looks like this.

I was prepared for her brilliance, and LMM's, and Daveed Diggs, but the revelation for me was Chris Jackson as George Washington. He was just incredible, he's got that natural "leader among men" kind of energy and he blew the roof off the theater with it.

ETA @Dicey -- I saw Emmy in the OBC! She was great! The ensemble works so hard in this show -- I can't imagine how their knees survive one performance, let alone 8 per week.

Also, I'm pretty sure Daveed Diggs is going to be a giant movie star off the back of his work on Hamilton. He has the charisma of like 100 normal people.
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Re: Let's watch Hamilton! For the fourth time!
« Reply #108 on: March 05, 2018, 08:23:15 AM »
I'm really glad to read about the "rewind" part here. Based only on the music, I couldn't have imagined that, which is probably why I'd under-appreciated that song compared to what seems to be the main stream.

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« Reply #109 on: March 05, 2018, 08:41:46 AM »
In January 2019 - Lin is doing Hamilton in Puerto Rico. Reprising his role.

I believe the interview he gave he said the tickets would be "obscenely expensive" (but with hundreds of $10 tickets for residents). Take a vacation, see a show, and help the PR economy!

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« Reply #110 on: March 05, 2018, 01:17:20 PM »
esp, the rewind, which I think is one of the most interesting bits of theater I'd ever seen.

I saw it in NYC with my DD about a year ago but am not sure what you're referring to here.  Can you explain more which part this is?

At the dance scene where Hamilton meets Eliza -- you first see it through Eliza's eyes, and she sings "Helpless", which ends at their wedding, and then it shifts to Angelica's perspective and a little bit into "Satisfied" they literally rewind the music and rotate the stage backwards and then you go back to the point of Hamilton's entry to the party and she retells the whole thing from her perspective, explaining why she introduced him to Eliza when she really loved him herself.

Lin Manuel Miranda is a truly gifted person....

That part of the show literally blew my mind. :D :D

Paid $350 to see in Chi-town. Worth every penny.

Entering lotteries here in the pacNW frantically trying to see it again for $10.


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Re: Let's watch Hamilton! For the fourth time!
« Reply #111 on: March 05, 2018, 01:35:20 PM »
We just saw Hamilton for the first time (after listening to the soundtrack a million times, along with the Mix Tape and watching the PBS documentary).  We're huge musical lovers and Hamilton is probably the best show I've ever seen.  To be clear, the choreography and staging are just ok.  But it's really a musical masterpiece and blew my mind.  Definitely worth purchasing the entire local Broadway season so that we could get priority tickets.  And I would probably go to see it as many times as I could.  But musical theater is our happy place, and the reason we are so careful with our money and are big savers is so that we can fully enjoy experiences like this.

(Also, fwiw, we took our 2 year old to see Daniel Tiger Live over the weekend and it was not worth the money.  Total sensory overload.  My daughter came out of it shell shocked.  Lesson learned and I won't be spending my money on that type of activity any time soon.)

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« Reply #112 on: March 06, 2018, 01:38:24 AM »
I saw Hamilton in Seattle about two weeks ago, having never heard a single song or commercial for it. It was well worth the $200 I paid to get a single ticket. I feel very fortunate to have first experienced it live.

I've been entering the lottery for the $20 tickets to try and see it again and take my mom.

My semi-retired mother-in-law has been ushering for decades to see free plays, and can't get in to usher Hamilton because everyone wants to.

When I got my ticket, I saw people selling theirs for $500 on Ticketmaster itself. I hadn't realized Ticketmaster let you scalp your own tickets on their platform. Seems like they're sure making it easy for professional scalpers!

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« Reply #113 on: March 13, 2018, 11:48:51 AM »
A while ago I reviewed Ticketmaster's data to consider buying the stock. It astounds me that they're not more profitable, seeing as how you basically buy an extra ticket for them for every purchase you make buying tix for yourself and your family.

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Re: Let's watch Hamilton! For the fourth time!
« Reply #114 on: August 01, 2018, 06:09:35 AM »
Bumping the thread because Hamilton tix are finally on sale in Charlotte. Currently in a virtual waiting room, I am NOT throwing away my shot (to see it live).

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Re: Let's watch Hamilton! For the fourth time!
« Reply #115 on: August 01, 2018, 07:05:00 AM »
When did this thread go from facepunching someone for seeing the show 4 times to fawning all over the musical...? I mean, I like musicals as much as the next person (was in a lot of shows in high school), but I don't get spending $400 for one ticket to see a show.

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Re: Let's watch Hamilton! For the fourth time!
« Reply #116 on: August 01, 2018, 12:40:08 PM »
My tickets were nowhere near $400/head. Including fees, etc., I am in for $730 for four.

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Re: Let's watch Hamilton! For the fourth time!
« Reply #117 on: August 02, 2018, 01:45:08 PM »
When did this thread go from facepunching someone for seeing the show 4 times to fawning all over the musical...? I mean, I like musicals as much as the next person (was in a lot of shows in high school), but I don't get spending $400 for one ticket to see a show.

When enough people who recognized that spending money on amazing experiences started posting, instead of just the curmudgeonly crew for which this just "isn't their thing." Surprise - spending money on things that truly enrich your life is part of what this whole shebang is all about. For some people, that's Hamilton. Other people may prefer a weekend trip to Mexico. Neither are wrong so long as it doesn't ultimately impact their FIRE aspirations.

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Re: Let's watch Hamilton! For the fourth time!
« Reply #118 on: August 02, 2018, 02:28:04 PM »
the MMM value is that money should only be spent when it truly increases quality of life. Whether spending this money on seeing "Hamilton" life increases that depends on a range of other factors.

Indeed there are parts of my life that are facepunch-worthy, my car is too new, my skills are too few, the last time I went to FL you wouldn't believe what I blew (in $$$).

One of those factors includes whether I've seen it ever before, hence the mockery in the title of this thread. I cannot imagine a trajectory for my life in which I see the same musical live four times.

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« Reply #119 on: August 04, 2018, 07:29:52 PM »
I love, and I mean LOVE the Hamilton soundtrack, but I can not justify the cost for tickets.  Maybe in 10 years it will be less in demand and more affordable, but $400 a ticket for nosebleed seats....no way in hell.

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« Reply #120 on: August 05, 2018, 12:31:17 PM »
I see it as more incentive to FIRE. I'm there, we can afford it, it was AWESOME, and we're seeing it again in April. DH is not what I'd consider a theater buff and he's all-in for a second viewing. We may never get to 4, and we didn't spend $400 per ticket, but it was worth every moment.

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« Reply #121 on: August 06, 2018, 08:46:21 AM »
Hmmm.... Hamilton or several days' rental of a condo at the beach... Hmmmm.... ;)

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« Reply #122 on: August 06, 2018, 11:04:00 AM »
I'll probably end up with some facepunches for this, but I have seen Hamilton...more than 4 times.

However, it's a misrepresentation that tickets are $400+. Resale tickets may go for that much, but face value is much lower. I've only ever paid face value, always less than $200, and this was for good seats. It was under $100 off-Broadway. If you bought the tickets when they went on sale, they were reasonable for theater. The prices for the Broadway production have gone up since it opened, though, so I don't go as much as I used to. I think you have to pay $200 to sit in the back now. The last time I went, my mom got the tickets because she caught the Hamilton bug late and wanted to go.

Some people may think theater isn't worth it, and that's fine. But seeing theater is my main hobby. I budget for it and it's what I spend the bulk of my non-essentials money on.

I will say that the current NYC production is not in great shape. The current Angelica and Eliza have both been there for 2+ years and their performances have gotten kind of stale. I bought tickets for this month a long time ago, and I ended up reselling the pair for a $300 profit. I'm not going back until the cast changes and/or I win the $10 ticket lottery.


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« Reply #123 on: August 06, 2018, 11:12:20 AM »
Hmmm.... Hamilton or several days' rental of a condo at the beach... Hmmmm.... ;)
Meh, global warming concerns aside, the beach will always be there. Easy decision.

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« Reply #124 on: August 06, 2018, 03:59:07 PM »
Hmmm.... Hamilton or several days' rental of a condo at the beach... Hmmmm.... ;)
Meh, global warming concerns aside, the beach will always be there. Easy decision.

I had to laugh at this because for me the decision is also very easy. I would take seeing Hamilton over the beach literally any day.

I saw it on Broadway one month after most of the original cast left. I bought tickets 9 MONTHS earlier (bought in October '15, saw it in August '16) and I was heart broken when I read that everyone was leaving around July. The show was still incredible. Javier Munoz played Hamilton, the same guy who performed when Obama saw it, and everyone else who replaced the original cast was amazing (with the exception of the guy who played Burr, who I found disappointingly uninspiring. I think I regret missing Leslie Odom, Jr more than I do LMM).

I am so sad by how little of the details I vividly remember. I am one of the people who listened to the soundtrack all the way through probably a hundred times and in hindsight I wonder if that was a mistake -- since I already knew the songs so well, seeing them performed live didn't "stick" in my memory as well. Maybe that's crappy pseudoscience, but that's my theory.
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Re: Let's watch Hamilton! For the fourth time!
« Reply #125 on: August 07, 2018, 10:18:43 AM »
Hmmm.... Hamilton or several days' rental of a condo at the beach... Hmmmm.... ;)
Meh, global warming concerns aside, the beach will always be there. Easy decision.

I want to see Hamilton but I'll wait. Still too expensive for me and mine.

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« Reply #126 on: August 07, 2018, 10:59:43 AM »

I am so sad by how little of the details I vividly remember. I am one of the people who listened to the soundtrack all the way through probably a hundred times and in hindsight I wonder if that was a mistake -- since I already knew the songs so well, seeing them performed live didn't "stick" in my memory as well. Maybe that's crappy pseudoscience, but that's my theory.

I find musicals where I don't know the lyrics to be very hard to watch. Both Kinky Boots and Matilda I couldn't understand half of what they said.  And Something Rotten I saw before the cast recording was released and remember thinking it was incredible that I literally had no idea what would happen next (rare for a musical to not have familiar source material)- but missed a lot to laughter, and felt I caught a lot more the 2nd time when I then knew the material.

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« Reply #127 on: August 08, 2018, 09:55:19 AM »
I am very focused in my preparation to see "The Lion King" right now, listening the sound track in my car constantly and making my family members do the same.

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« Reply #128 on: August 08, 2018, 11:37:06 AM »
I am conflicted on this one. Background, wife and I enjoy musicals and theater, we average 2 events a year. I bought tickets (direct, not 3rd party) for her birthday. It was a remarkable show! Easily the best musical I have seen in at least a decade. At some point in the distant future I could imagine going again. For people who aren't into musicals it would be a waste of time, but that is one of the things we truly enjoy.

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« Reply #129 on: August 10, 2018, 08:02:51 AM »
I am conflicted on this one. Background, wife and I enjoy musicals and theater, we average 2 events a year. I bought tickets (direct, not 3rd party) for her birthday. It was a remarkable show! Easily the best musical I have seen in at least a decade. At some point in the distant future I could imagine going again. For people who aren't into musicals it would be a waste of time, but that is one of the things we truly enjoy.
Unless you're awash in debt, I see no conflict.