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Hamilton San Francisco: First Preview

For those who are unaware, I was lucky enough to win lotto tickets for tonight’s show. Front row, center stage. It was brilliant experience. 

Hamilton’s San Francisco cast was amazing. The show was utterly spectacular. This cast and crew put their hearts and souls into this performance, and you could feel it the whole time.

Now, for the review:

To start off, the orchestration felt different. They definitely changed a few things up. There was an expressiveness in Joshua Henry as Aaron Burr that wasn’t there on Broadway. Don’t get me wrong, the OBC is AMAZING, but Henry brought a new kind of animation and expressiveness to Burr. Much more aggressive throughout the whole thing. While Leslie’s Burr feels like he just suddenly /snaps/, there’s a definite build that Henry has. 

Rory O'Malley as King George III was Wild. He sneered at me at the end of You’ll Be Back and I’m PRETTY SURE my heart skipped a beat and/or stopped momentarily. He played him much more crazy than Groff, which was an interesting and welcome change.

Emmy Raver-Lampman as Angelica Schuyler was beautiful, she had so much emotion and strength in her voice that I cried during Satisfied (a song that has Never made me cry). Solea Pfeiffer as Eliza had the same effect. While the scream and the gasp that Phillipa Soo gave was heart-wrenching, Solea ripped your heart out and stomped it into the dirt. Amazing voice, amazing performance from her. Amber Iman as Peggy/Maria was so mutli-dimensional as well, her voice was much lower and more sultry than Jasmine Cephas Jones.
Michael Luwoye as Hamilton was… Wow. Just, wow. He was so expressive, and his voice was just so smooth and beautiful. He brought a new life and naivety to Hamilton in act one, and a powerhouse in act two.

The RevSet was AMAZING, too. Really juvenile and playful. Jordan Donica’s switch between Lafayette and Jefferson was flawless. Mathenee Treco was so good as Mulligan, and completely blew it out of the water as Madison. Then Rubén J. Carbajal as Laurens/Philip… Wow. Absolutely stunning. I cried at both deaths. (Go figure).

Isaiah Johnson’s Washington was powerful, a perfect balance of Christopher Jackson’s and something entirely new. His line delivery sent chills down my back at the end of Meet Me Inside.

The ensemble was beyond words, Seabury (Andrew Wojtal) was hilarious, and Lee (Daniel Ching) played the lines so well.  The cast did amazing and I’m so honored that I was able to see their first preview show.

After the show, I stage-doored, as I am known to do, and I met the entire cast. I’ll post the photos from that later on. Rory was in charge of the Hamiton Insta feed tonight, and he came out and asked if he could record all of us, so now I’m on their feed. How fun. He was a complete angel, and he recognized me from the front row, sneered at me again and laughed before taking a photo with me.

Michael Luwoye remembered me as well, and when I asked for a photo he gave the sweetest smile and said “Of course, anything for the crying girl from the front row.”

My favorite of these though, was Jordan Donica. When I handed him my playbill, he looked at me and grinned, leaned back, went “Ahhhh, you criiiieeeddd, I saw you in the front and you criiieeeed.” It was hilarious.

The entire cast was just so incredibly gracious about the entire  experience, and they took time for everybody by the stage door. Everyone thanked the cast, and the cast thanked us in response. Truly sweet people.

TLDR; Enter the Hamilton lotto for San Francisco if you don’t have tickets. This cast is so full of life and love and the shows can only get better from here. <3 

For the people who will see the lightning thief musical. I’m not encouraging you to bootleg but I’m not not not forbidding you either. You have to understand and respect theater rules and copyrights and legalities. So, I’m super definitely not promoting you to bootleg. 

Unrelated side note though; the majority of those who watch bootlegs are the one who for example live far away and I’m not saying like living in San Francisco while the show is in New York far away I’m talking about living in South East fucking Asia away. And basically a grainy video of the play would totally be like 100% make their whole year but this is totally unrelated though. 

So, to reiterate piracy bad…..?

San Francisco show was a success! Feeling so blessed by B1A4. 🌱 Last night was such an amazing show, as always!

I always look forward to their incredible concerts. I need to make a suggestion to you all. If you ever have the chance to see B1A4 perform live, please do so. They are AMAZING live entertainers and it will be a show you’ll remember forever.

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