By Julie Kae Sigars
Well the word got around they said this kid is insane manâ€¦
And the worldâ€™s gonna know your name, whatâ€™s your name manâ€¦
Alexander Hamilton, my name is Alexander Hamilton,
and thereâ€™s a million things I havenâ€™t done,
but just you wait, just you wait!
- from opening number of Hamilton, musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Hamilton people (and those curious about this phenomenon), the wait is over!
We are having a â€œHamilton Nightâ€ at St. Andrew Wednesday, August 10 sometime between 6-9pm. Save the date. What we know for sure is that there will be Hamilton food: the menu is based on lyrics from the show! Ask Amber Oakes to see if you can contribute.
There may be a couple of Wednesday evenings before August 10 for folks to come and practice on a few of the numbers so we can have an even more awesome time. Julie Kae will have music for those who want to do that. Stay tuned!
For those who are curious: Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote the book, lyrics, and music for Hamilton, based on the critically acclaimed book Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. It took him six yearsâ€¦ and my goodness, it is amazing. In the first song, I learned so much history that I was reeling. What else is unusual about this show? A big chunk is based on the genre of rap. Yes, you read that right. Alexander Hamilton was a man of many words. Miranda translated the story to the rap genre. I would understand if that may not seem enticing. But, at least for me, it has been amazing. (I keep using that wordâ€¦) The rhythm and the rhymes are so energizing. There are also musically lyrical numbers, some that are heartbreakingly beautiful, some that are hysterically funny. The Broadway production is also mostly people of color, which adds a uniquely American lens. AND, somehow, all of this seems to speak to us and our lives NOW. This show has turned millions of kids onto learning the history of the birth of our country. And as I wrote above, I have learned so much. Like this. Aaron Burr, who killed Hamilton in a duel, was the grandson of Jonathan Edwards. (!) One of my favorite lines Burr sings:
â€œmy grandfather was a fire and brimstone preacher;
but there are things that the homilies and hymns wonâ€™t teach ya.â€
â€œWait for Itâ€ from Hamilton, by Lin-Manuel Miranda
The hope for this evening will be that some of us can sing along (with the recording) to most of the songs, and most of us can add our voices at wonderfully communal times! (Rise up!) All fun.
If this is a whole new thing for you, just ask Amber Oakes, Molly McAdams, Megan McAdams, Maggie, Julie Kae, Chuck Sigars, Lainey Sinkingerâ€¦we might be able to shed some light. If you trust us, you might buy the soundtrack (which has sold a bazillion copies). Or check it out on YouTube.
I am not throwing away my shot...Ya know I am just like my country, Iâ€™m young, scrappy, and hungry. And Iâ€™m not throwing away my shot. Everybody sing! Woah Woah Woah!