New Year's Day Hamilton Hangover
Hamilton - you've heard the buzz, you know the songs, and all you are wondering is "yeah, but is it REALLY that good?"
The answer is YES YES YES!
I have memorized the words, I listen to the songs so loudly while driving I have had people give me thumbs ups from their car in freeway traffic, I have a stupidly nerdy admiration for Lin-Manuel, and I even caught myself wondering about the new Aaron Burr and Lafayette (I love Leslie Odom Jr. like a 13 year old, and have had dreams about braiding Daveed Diggs' hair at a late night house party)...
Let me put it this way - I began crying during the first number and sobbed not only at the places I expected, but mostly the entire show. When the live music and insane voices hit your body there is no other way to react. I fell in love in a way I hadn't in a very, very long time.
Also...I may or may not have developed tiny crushes on most of the cast by the end.
Here are a few of the handsome and breathtaking gentleman I was lucky enough to share air with :
I expected to love his performance, I was prepared to smile as he filled Hamilton's shoes, but I was not prepared to miss him when he was not center stage...and when I say I was disappointed to find he did not have an Instagram account I may have cried a little (it was probably the whiskey). I have added "don't tweet Javier daily" to my list of New Year's Resolutions.
Charisma that makes your skin tingle and eyes that would give the iciest heart chills...I should know.
Here's his Twitter - it'll do for now...
Brandon Victor Dixon
Charming does not begin to describe this man's performance of Aaron Burr. I found myself throughout the show thinking, "yeah, I mean, I can see where he's coming from..."
...and when he belted out Wait For It, I sobbed. Dear Theodosia? Forget about it. Three packs of tissues - it was an ongoing joke until it wasn't.
I'd be lying if I said I didn't check out his Instagram before we even got to dinner - I think you'll understand why. Wowza.
I have always liked Washington's performances on the soundtrack, but when Nicholas delivered One Last Time I got chills. I laughed out loud at the cabinet battles, and after Washington resigned I felt a genuine sorrow. I had a brief flash back to election night this year and the pain I felt when my candidate disappeared...it is nowhere near the same caliber (obviously) but throughout the show he became my president. I bought it. I was in. The stage presence was so glorious and strong and beautiful I smiled with pride. Hope. Genuine hope.
Plus he's, uh, well, so sexy I can barely handle it. Ridiculous.
Instagram? Uh, yeah.
This role is iconic - hilarious and amazing and quick and snappy and Jevon NAILED IT. I cracked up several times and shared smiles with the stranger in the seat next to me. It took everything in me not to jam throughout the show (uh, Lin-Manuel, where is the dance floor) but during Guns and Ships I had to grab the sides of my seat! How do you NOT stand, with hands in the air, and scream "LAFAYETTE"?
Lucky you - this one has an Instagram too. Boom!
OK, Javier, I think I know your first task of the year...Instagram! Maybe sip a cup of coffee in a soft jersey tea with the morning sun gleaming off your gorgeous locks? Not that I have given it any thought...
Thank you so much to everyone involved with this show - I feel genuinely privileged to have been in the room where it happens. The best gift of hope and inspiration an artist...woman...human could receive.
Happy New Year - I'll be looking forward to the next time. Seriously, I'll come back anytime.