Terry Hunter reviews HAMILTON

The movie version of HAMILTON (now streaming on Disney+) was made by filming two live performances of the original cast in 2016. I was lucky enough to see a thrilling stage production of HAMILTON in Portland, and I’m happy to say that that the show’s exuberance and creativity are on full display in the film. Lin-Manuel Miranda created and stars in this amazing play about the least famous of America’s founding fathers: an orphaned immigrant, the brilliant, ambitious, and flawed hero who was George Washington’s right hand man in the Revolutionary War and was killed in a famous duel with Aaron Burr. (You can find his face on our ten dollar bill.) Featuring a bold, innovative score that blends the styles of hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway, this exhilarating show (with its color blind casting) is practically a revolution in musical theater. Historical white men are played by Blacks and Latinos. And the characters talk like our contemporaries. The creativity of HAMILTON is evident everywhere: the brilliant stage lighting, the energetic choreography, the versatile set, the non stop energy, and, best of all, the inspired dialog and lyrics. (Sign up for a month of Disney+ at $6.99. Not a fan of Disney films? You can cancel your subscription before the month is up. A final note: If you turn on closed captioning, you’ll understand some of the lyrics you might otherwise miss.) terryhunter70@hotmail.com

Terry Hunter reviews HAMILTON