me ranting about nerdy broadway shit
okay like listen…i love dear evan hansen so much. “sincerely me” is the funniest, most organic and genuine duet i’ve ever heard, and ben platt put the stars in the sky for accurate anxiety portrayal. bless his talented ass. but-
it is not the next hamilton.
it is spectacular. it is lovable. it is astonishing and cute and beautiful and i adore it. it’s by all means an outstanding musical. but…
hamilton was revolutionary. hamilton was new and different and wild and hamilton flipped musical theatre on its goddamn head. you know how many mainstream hip-hop musicals existed pre-hamilton?? the only thing i know of that comes close is In The Heights, a show written by the same man. hamilton did OUTSTANDING things for fucking diversity in musical theatre, number one just by actually like, fucking opening up the conversation?? i know i never heard of anyone being like “hey. you know what’s weird? there’s literally no fucking reason for all these characters to be white so like…..why are they turning away poc for these roles??” nobody talked about it you know. and i know war/battle/revolution has been done before (les mis, etc.) but nothing compares to the absolute love letter lmm wrote to hip hop, theatre, and this country. there was nothing on hamiltons fucking level before and there will not be for a long time. p>
and as much love as i have for deh, as big a special place it holds in my heart…it is nothing new. a contemporary rock musical about teens/young adults going through dark and angsty shit. heathers. spring awakening. next to normal. american idiot. rent. to some degree, even fun home, the best musical winner from not even three years ago. fuck, honestly if you wanna stretch, even fucking wicked to some extent. it’s something that has been done before, countless times, and done exceptionally well before countless times. that’s not to discredit deh or any of the other shows because they’re all spectacular and some of my very favorites, and it happens to be my favorite trope. but do not herald it as something New and Shiny and Different. it isn’t. and definitely don’t credit it with the absolute fucking explosion of originality and creativity and tribute that was An American Musical.don’t compare the two. to do so discredits both. it reduces hamilton to a fad, a trend, a Cool Show in an ever rotating line of Cool Shows as if it were not the biggest phenomenon to hit musical theatre in a century. and to do so makes dear even hansen look weak and pathetic, makes it seem like something Almost but Not Quite. DEH was not trying to be the next hamilton. it was not written to be the next hamilton and none of the cast put that work in thinking “shit yeah here we go hamilton #2.” because hamilton is INSANE. appreciate deh for what it is. it’s a beautiful heartfelt story and it’s personal, on a level that ham is not. it’s not a show you forget. but it is not the next hamilton.