2009 vacation

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The love story between Antonella Roccuzzo and Lionel Messi started many years ago. They met when they were just 5 years old, as their families are friends. Antonella is Lionel’s best friend Lucas Scaglia’s cousin, so they basically grew up together.

Lionel moved from Argentina to Barcelona when he was very young. He suffered from a growth problem that could not be cured at home, so all the family moved to Europe in order for him to have a chance.

Meanwhile, Antonella remained in Rosario where Messi usually flew back to for the holidays. It was on Christmas vacation in 2009, that they met again and fell in love with each other.

HAMILTON, for beginners...

Background

Hamilton is a Broadway play created by genius composer and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda ( @linmanuel ), who, after reading a biography of Alexander Hamilton on vacation in 2009, decided to turn his life into a hip hop musical. Yes, you read that correctly, a HIP HOP musical based on the life of one of the Founding Fathers. But Miranda didn’t know it would be a whole play at first. It was originally called The Hamilton Mixtape. He performed the first song for the president at the White House Evening of Poetry, Music and the Spoken Word in May 2009. After that, he spent a year writing “My Shot,” arguably the most famous song from the musical. Hamilton, an American Musical officially debuted Off-Broadway at The Public Theater in NYC in February 2015, and premiered on Broadway at the Richard Rodger Theatre in August 2015. And the rest is history…well, actually it’s still going on right now, but whatever…OH! and every single member of the main cast is a person of color, with the exception of King George. That’s not an accident. Lin wanted America’s history to connect with America today, which is extremely cool. 

Cast

  • Alexander Hamilton- Lin-Manuel Miranda {x}
  • Aaron Burr- Leslie Odom, Jr {x, x}
  • Eliza Schuyler Hamilton- Phillipa Soo {x, x}
  • King George III- Jonathan Groff 
  • George Washington- Christopher Jackson {x, x}
  • Angelica Schuyler- Renée Elise Goldsberry {x, x}
  • Marquis de Lafayette//Thomas Jefferson- Daveed Diggs {x, x}
  • Hercules Mulligan//James Madison- Okieriete Onaodowan {x, x}
  • John Laurens//Philip Hamilton- Anthony Ramos {x, x}
  • Peggy Schuyler//Maria Reynolds- Jasmine Cephas Jones {x, x}

The play is critically acclaimed, and it has been viewed by countless famous people, including the President himself, as well as Beyoncé and Jay Z, Meryl Streep, Paul McCartney, Ice Cube, Jennifer Lopez, and Billy Crystal, just to name a few. As someone who is lucky enough to have seen it, I can tell you it’s life changing, and it’s every bit as historical as it’s source material. You don’t have to actually see it to fall in love. But you can decide that for yourself when you listen–

Find all 46 songs in order here or you can buy them on iTunes.

And here are all of the lyrics to the songs that tell you which character is singing when. 

GO LISTEN TO HAMILTON. YOUR LIFE WILL BE BETTER BECAUSE OF IT!

Nobody tells you that having a crush on someone is the most horrifying thing ever, especially when it sneaks up on you. Like the first you don’t even realize it and then BOOM, it’s 3am on a Friday night and you’re browsing through his FB profile, looking at 2009 vacation pictures, while nervously eating a whole bag of popcorn…

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