After viewing The Lion King, one would think that any forthcoming musical could not top one of Broadways most beloved musicals. Then comes Hamilton, a Lin-Manuel Miranda production which was inspired by the book Alexander Hamilton (Ron Chernow). Performing at the beautiful, aesthetically designed Majestic Theater in downtown San Antonio, Hamilton, the Touring musical was cast with multi-ethnic performers including Joseph Morales (Hamilton), Nik Walker (Aaron Burr), Marcus Choi (George Washington) and Erin Clemons, Ta’Rea Campbell, and Nyla Sostre (cast as the Schuyler sisters). From the onset the event was filled music, song and dance that conveys a period of time (Revolutionary War – Writing of the Constitution) and encompasses the life of Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies, and his role in the war and writing of the Constitution, to Washington’s administration to his embattled friendship with Aaron Burr, a role played remarkably well by Nik Walker, to Hamilton’s marriage and extramarital affair.
The use of rap and hip hop, a mix of R&B, with a blend of Broadway ballads, helped to showcase a period of time that history usually relegates to “white men”. But Miranda effectively brings a perspective to history with an energetic multiethnic cast and ensemble emphasizing the role of people of color and women in American history then and now. Enough cannot be said about the musical performances of each cast member including the humor that Jon Patrick Walker brought to the stage as King George. The change in sets was effortless and the use of a turntable stage was a magnificent effect as each scene appeared to flow without interruption. Hamilton was definitely worth the wait.