BWW Review: Opening Night of HAMILTON: A Rapper's Delight, Now thru August 5

It was opening night in the City by the Bay.
Hamilton had come to town to say hey, hey. Yes!
Broadway came West,
to tell us 'bout their story
Would it be the best way
into our nation's founding glory?

Let's see.

I'm the theater geek who reviewed this innovation
To provide you with a peek
into our newly minted nation.
Damn, what a sensation!
Was it worth it? What you had to pay?
"Hell, yes," is what I'm here to say.

Let's get started.

The director of the show is a regular Adonis.
His name is Thom Kail
and he brought this work upon us.
He-fanned, the flame -
He encouraged it and nourished it.
And-it, sustained - Oh how it flourishes.

The next on the floor - is Alex Lacamoire.
He supervised and improvised;
collaborates and orchestrates.
Sonically, melodically, his gift is that he innovates.

What can you say about Andy Blankenbuehler, hey?
He's got the movement,
There's no room for more improvement
God, he really brought the fuel here.

And now a word about Miranda.
Lin-Manuel is Alexander.
Yes, he is, but let's be candid.
In this play, by the Bay, Lu-wo-ye is here to stay.

This blast of a cast brought it home on op'ning night.
It's past but it lasts, it's got heft and it's got might.

What was once a revolution
Has become an institution.
Should our U.S. Constitution stick with Hamilton's solution?

Is the moral of story all about our former glory...?
Or is it to resist again? Revise again, repent the sin.
It's in our constitution, what's the wait?

In the sequel, we'll be equal.
Let me tweet that - it's our fate.
Are history and artistry in sync?
Twitter what you think.

Time, once again...
for bravery and honesty.
Hamilton was one of them.
Women were the strength of them.

Alexander Hamilton,
Lin was waiting just to sing for you.
Alexander Hamilton,
We're so happy that your life rings 'new!

Now thru August, 5, 2017
At the Orpheum Theatre

The Fearsome Foursome:
Book, Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Directed by Thomas Kail
Music Supervision and Orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire
Choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler
Inspired by the book "Alexander Hamilton," by Ron Chernow

Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

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