General public: 30 Jan 2017
The notification email says the show will open "at the end of 2017" which seems to me to give them rather more wiggle room than "October 2017"
I am still ridiculously excited though.
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He looks, in other words, nothing like Lin-Manuel Miranda, the puppy-eyed and wholesome-seeming man who wrote Hamilton and originated the role, and who left the show earlier this summer. Miranda has always seemed like a public intellectual, or like a really great high school teacher you’d remember with infinite fondness. Muñoz is different. He’s sexy and puts his body into the show. He writhes and he wiggles, taking his job as a founding father less seriously than the show’s founding father. This Hamilton is a man before he is a father; he’s the Hamilton you’re still thinking about after the stage darkens and the theater empties and you’re home in bed and the lights are out. A friend who’s seen both men puts it like this: early in the show, when Hamilton arrives in New York, naïve and aching to be taken seriously, Miranda sells it better—but when Hamilton graduates to political machinations and adultery, Muñoz is much more credible.”
Javier Muñoz, the New Star of ‘Hamilton,’ on Performing for Obama, Living With HIV, and Life After Death
Any earwitness reports?
The RANGE a cappella group of NYC is thirteen talented singers; you may have heard them stringing together bits of all the 2015 Oscar song nominees. There are several mashups in their repertory, but the YouTube player below manages to skim through all of
Hamilton in Seven Minutes
If you prefer more details about the songs and the performers, here’s the Soundcloud link
Ahem. The question up for debate tonight is: the possible continued political efficacy of a Brechtian technical style which has now been thoroughly assimilated into twenty-first century commercial theater. Mr. Brecht, you have the floor.
BRECHT [ ... ] You make didactic tactics so much more climactic,
You took Lehrstück and made it cool, fed it rocket fuel,
And now my ‘learning play’ tricked out in this odd way,
Does a hundred and fifty-seven down the middle of Broadway!
MIRANDA: So are you saying you like it?
BRECHT: Well you do not get the mike yet.
You venerate the letter but the spirit you drown–
MIRANDA: Is this by any chance about “It’s Quiet Uptown?”
BRECHT: ACH! The shameless empathy, the gush, the abandon!
The way that claptrap ruins everything that you have planned on!