H. Roberts

H. Roberts

Hannah Roberts, Staff Writer

In December of last year, I was surprised by my family with tickets to go and see the show “Hamilton” on Broadway in New York around the time of my birthday, which was towards the end of August. I went to see the show at the Richard Rogers Theater on August 26, and I was glad to see it in New York where it first came to life instead of at another location since it has now gone to many different cities. Since “Hamilton” has been talked about so much, I was surprised to see that it definitely lived up to all of my expectations after listening to the soundtrack and looking forward to it for months.

There were several scenes that I hadn’t actually heard before since they aren’t on the soundtrack, like the death of John Laurens. While I knew of this scene, I did not realize that it would be one of the most emotional scenes to me. For those of you who don’t know much about this topic, John Laurens fought against slavery, but many of the hopes that he held died with him before the country even formed. I mention this scene specifically because the intensity and emotion portrayed by the actors made it such a notable and essential part of the play. While I was anticipating going to see the show, I was slightly disappointed that the original cast wouldn’t be who I saw performing, but there were still amazing performances by people like Lexi Lawson, Javier Muñoz, Alysha Deslorieux, and several others. It would have been great to have seen the original cast, but I still stand by my previously held and recently strengthened belief that this play is one of a kind and very unique.