Can I be real a second, for just a millisecond, let down my guard and tell the people how I feel a second …’ – Washington (Obioma Ugoala)
Never in my 28 years on living on this planet has a musical taken a hold of me as much as Lin-Manual Miranda’s Hamilton, based on one of the founding fathers of America, George Washington’s right-hand man and the first Secretary of the Treasury.
On paper, it doesn’t exactly sound like the most exciting musical in the world but it’s a new breed of theatre, theatre for a new audience. Combing American history with hip hop has brought in a whole new range of people.
The show starts and we’re immediately taken to Hamilton’s world, a story in to his childhood, the first song does well to include every little step and reason as to how and why he got to America and includes the whole cast, giving the audience a sneak peak into what’s to come.
Hamilton is played by new comer Jamal Westman, who does an amazing job showing the transition of Hamilton as a child to teenager to adult within a very short time and does well to convince the audience of his determination to leave behind a legacy.
Aaron Burr, played by understudy Arron Lee Lambert was great in showing the audience the gradual hate towards Hamilton. ‘The villain in your history’ didn’t start out hating Hamilton, but during the show, Hamilton’s actions affected Burr and Lambert took you on a journey of disgust for the leading man. It all starts when Hamilton interrupts a meeting between Burr and Washington (Ugoala)
Ugoala has the kind of stage presence that almost intimidates the rest of the cast but Washington was a massive political figure within the founding fathers, he was the first president of the United States, he needed to have that and Ugoala managed this with no problems what so ever, his booming voice took over the theatre and had everyone hanging on his every word, it wasn’t hard to see why King George (Michael Jibson) found it funny when Washington stepped down from power.
I could write forever about everyone in this musical and I can praise everyone but the truth of the matter is, this cast is perfection, they work well together and you can see the hard work that goes into it, The Schuyler sisters alone have such a bond that transmits through each scene, Rachelle Ann Go (Eliza), Christine Allado (Peggy) and Rachel John (Angelica) are amazing ladies, the voices on the three women are out of this world.
I was always going to be biased with this show and even before I saw it I was going to give it 5* but now I’ve seen it, I want to give it more.! Such a phenomenal cast with an amazing bond on stage and amazing voices there’s nothing I can fault it with.
I just wish I could have the first experience over and over again.
Hamilton is currently playing at Victoria Palace Theatre