By Tori Levy
Hamilton has eleven Tony Award’s under its belt, won Best Musical Theater Album, and has been hailed by many as one of the best musicals of all time. I have heard all the buzz about the musical Hamilton for a while, but I never took the time to go online and listen to the music. However, after watching Lin-Manuel Miranda (the guy who wrote and produced Hamilton) perform on SNL last Saturday, I realized I’ve been denying my ears a symphony of well orchestrated music. His opening monologue was a rendition to Hamilton’s song “My Shot,” where he rapped, without missing a single beat, about his dream to one day be on SNL.
I had never heard the song “My Shot” before I watched SNL, but by Sunday morning I had listened to the song almost a hundred times. What I soon discovered is “My Shot” is just one out of forty six songs on the soundtrack. I understand that everyone is not into musicals and has their own personal preference of genre. But Hamilton combines rap, pop, hip-hop, and musicality to make the sweet soundtrack that leaves you savoring each song and wanting more.
I’ve never seen the musical, and probably won’t have the chance to see for a while (if at all) unless it magically pops up at Brick Street. However, you can download it free on Apple Music and enjoy Lin-Manuel Miranda’s voice as well as the rest of the cast in the meantime.
Here is the song “My Shot” as well as the SNL rendition: