My expectations for Hamilton were very high. So high that the day of the show I decided that there was no way it could possibly live up to what I’d imagined during the year and a half since I bought the tickets and I would inevitably leave disappointed, cursing myself for spending the money. Ten minutes into the show, I knew it was worth it. Soon after that I had tears in my eyes.
Hamilton, at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, was truly wonderful. It lived up to the hype and was better than I could have imagined. Opening night is tonight, but I went to a preview show on Saturday with my 13-year-old son. We both love Hamilton and have listened to the soundtrack over and over again. We talked on the way to the show about whether it was possible for the traveling cast to be as good as Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr., Phillipa Soo and Daveed Diggs.
Michael Luwoye was fantastic as Hamilton. He sounded like Lin-Manuel, but his voice was even better. That wasn’t entirely the case with Jordan Donica, who was good, but no Daveed Diggs. Joshua Henry as Aaron Burr and Solea Pfeiffer as Eliza were phenomenal – beautiful voices and emotional performances.
It was wonderful to see the words and music come to life on on stage. I’ve seen a few shows before in LA (we bought season tickets to the Pantages in order to be guaranteed tickets to Hamilton) and a couple on Broadway, but nothing like this. It was life-affirming, joyful and incredibly entertaining.
And life-affirming is something we need right now. The news last week was one horrible thing after another, especially on Saturday with the violence in Charlottesville. Being able to escape for a few hours and take my son to see a show that celebrates diversity and our country, which was founded by immigrants, was worth every penny.
If you don’t have Hamilton tickets, there’s still a chance for you to see the show. For every performance of the show’s run, 40 $10 tickets will be sold through a lottery. You can enter two days before the show you want to see and you’ll be notified if you win. For details about the lottery, visit the Pantages website or download the Hamilton app.