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By NOAH DAHEIM

To my fellow...realists,

"Hamilton" is by far one of the best pieces of theatrical art, and the
way that playwright Lin- Manuel Miranda went about displaying this was pure beauty. Miranda took many roles throughout this musical, from playwright, composer, lyricist, to even playing the main character, Alexander Hamilton. Being an amazing piece of art, the musical has won over 26 awards, including 11 from the Tony Awards, a Grammy and an Emmy.

Known as the best musical of all time by many critics, "Hamilton" has created a new way to look at history and learn about issues that are still present today.

One of the most fascinating facts has to be that the majority of the cast is non-white, leading Miranda to say to the New York Times, “This is a story about America then, told by America now, and we want to eliminate any distance.”

In an of age filled with hate, harm and division, it is vital to have our arts represent our current population.

I may be biased here since some of my hyperfixations include film, theater and art, but when watching the musical you can’t help but be drawn to the amazing cinematography and choreography. Representing plays through film creates a difficulty for the playwright and directors to bring the vision to life. Thomas Kail, the director of "Hamilton," and Miranda worked so well together to bring the Broadway classic to life for millions of viewers worldwide to enjoy.

"Hamilton" is a one- of-a-kind musical, and if you ever get a chance to see it in person I highly recommend it. The visuals, choreography, lighting, composition and everything else created a musical that truly enlightens and inspires creators of all ages around the world. "Hamilton" is unique, and if you ever get a chance to see it in person I highly recommend it. The visuals, choreography, lighting, composition and everything else created a musical that truly enlightens and inspires creators of all ages around the world.

 

By ALEXANDER PREVOST

My fellow people of... taste.

Let it be known that "Hamilton" is, in fact, not iconic.

I know this is a bad look in today’s day and age. Given how many Tonys the breakthrough-musical has won and how many people love it and how undeniably brilliant playwright, Lin- Manuel Miranda is, what is there to not love about it?

I don’t want to call this overrated. "Hamilton" was monumental for a number of reasons. To be fair, it did wonders in terms of representation for people of color. It also popularized hip-hop in musical theater in ways that we’ve never seen before.

But that’s just it, man.

It’s still a show about the founding fathers — or rather a founding father — rapping about their lives. No matter what you say, this show is still ultimately a celebration of the American dream — of capitalist ideals and the creators of our modern, dysfunctional systems. Alexander Hamilton himself is the founder of our modern bank system, and in today’s climate — where there is more need to rein in the rich than ever before — it seems a bit counterintuitive to keep promoting this faulty idea of the American dream.

Hamilton also wasn’t exactly as anti-slavery as Miranda would like us to think. For more commentary on that, see American Poet, Ishmael Reed’s take on it.

Furthermore, from a story standpoint, it does little in the way of character development. It features such a broad cast of characters. So little time is focused on really bringing one character from point A to point B. Elisa, in particular, is one that I feel is robbed of development, and I think Miranda could have made a more compelling musical storywise if he took more creative liberty in changing the story of Alexander Hamilton.

Ultimately, there just are better musicals out there (see: "Hadestown"). While "Hamilton" was a smash hit at the time, my thoughts on it are similar to that of “Love, Simon”: it fancies itself as a self- important, revolutionary work of art, but does little to actually challenge the status quo or do anything groundbreaking with its text outside of simply existing.

Take that, sub-par Alexander Prevost impersonator. Go back to the 1800s where you belong.

Noah Daheim is the multimedia editor. Follow them on Twitter: @noahdaheim.

Alexander Prevost is a sports editor. Follow him on Twitter: @alexanderprvst.

Alexander Prevost is a staff writer for the Gonzaga Bulletin. He is passionate about writing, politics, and music.

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