You know the guy who did that unforgettable, instant classic Cantina song for The Force Awakens? When I found out he'd also made a hip hop musical about a founding father I'd barely heard of that was being fawned over by smug new media types on twitter, I must confess that my expectations were not high. Even taking into account the brilliance of that cantina song I'm sure we all whistle in the shower every day.
But then I give the cast album a skeptical spin. Then I give it about two hundred more spins, getting pumped up and/or choked up at several points every time without fail, and obsessively looking up every single annotation of Rap Genius. The thing is so intricately constructed and dense with in-and-outside references and call-backs and foreshadowing, and the songs are so catchy and cleverly written.
When I saw the Tony Awards video on youtube, in his introduction Common calls it one of the greatest pieces of art ever made, and I was like "pfft, get a load of this guy!". Now... some mad part of me thinks he might be on to something. And I haven't even seen the flipping show yet!
During my Lin-Manuel honeymoon period I also went to see his earlier show In The Heights, and though it's not as next level as Hamilton I still enjoyed it a whole lot.
Anyway, is anyone else here a fan? And if not, why not??