Broadway Gift Exchange

Hello, everyone? Remember a while back when I was having that Hamilton gift exchange on Archive of Our Own? Well, only two people (aside from me) signed up, so it wasn’t as great as I had hoped.

But now I am running another exchange, and this one already has four people signed up! (One is me, one is my friend, one is my cousin, but eh, who cares?) My goal is to get it to ten people. This isn’t just a Hamilton exchange, though, it’s an exchange for all fandoms under the Broadway umbrella! Phantom, Hamilton, Les Mis, Wicked, etc. – if it’s a show on Broadway or ever has been, you can write about it, even if you haven’t actually seen the show in a theater.

So here is a link to the collection, and if there’s anything confusing in the sign ups or the FAQ, let me know! I really would love it if everyone reading this who is in a Broadway fandom – and you can sign up for more than one, by the way – would sign up. That would be so awesome.

Hamilton Relationships: Act Two

Here I am at long last *rolls eyes at myself*. Let’s hear H.G.’s fabulous excuse for this time, shall we?

On AO3 (Archive of Our Own) I started writing a Trio fanfiction in December. That fanfiction is currently at 13 chapters, about twenty thousand words. And it has become insanely popular. I have no idea WHAT is going on, but I guess people like it, because it is at 115 kudos and one thousand + hits. So I’ve been satisfying my readers by updating that more than anything. Literally, I hardly even work on my book anymore. I’m taking a one-month hiatus in February, so then I should be on here a little more, writing blog posts more often. For now, let’s honor the relationships of Act Two in Hamilton. As always, major spoilers.

 

Alexander Hamilton/Eliza Hamilton

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Alexander is not a very good husband to Eliza around the beginning of Act Two. He chooses his work over her, and rather than accompany her to her father’s, upstate, he has her go with Angelica, and without him. Then, while she’s gone, he cheats on her. Even worse, he keeps that fact a secret from her for years. His enemies find out before she does. Alexander and Eliza have kids at this point, and while she still loves him just as much as always, he begins to feel a little different about her. He’s betrayed her. It’s hard to recover from that. He is guilty and distanced from her. When he finds out some people think he was stealing government funds, he publicizes the details of his affair to show that he was actually using his own money to pay his mistress’s husband. Eliza had no idea. She’s finding out at the same time as the whole world. Furious and heart broken, she burns his letters to her and banishes Alexander from her heart. (Slay, queen, slay.) Their son Philip decides it’s up to him to protect Alexander’s honor, and when a guy challenges it, Philip challenges him – to a duel. Philip dies. Alexander realizes this was all kind of his fault, and now he needs to take the blame and make things right. He asks for Eliza’s forgiveness, and, wonderful woman that she is, she gives it. From then on, they fall back in love and patch up everything that’s broken… only for Alexander to leave her, too. Even after his death, though, Eliza goes on loving him and carries on his legacy. She does everything to keep his story alive. She does more than enough and more than he deserves. You go, Eliza.

Alexander Hamilton/Maria Reynolds

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I’ve already talked a lot about Maria in other posts, so I’ll keep this brief. Alexander offers money to Maria after she comes to his house and tells him her husband has left her and she is broke. Only problem is, Alexander’s also pretty lonely and Maria is really pitiable/attractive/good at seducing people, so he ends up cheating on Eliza with her. Poor Maria is twenty-three and under her husband’s command, so she has no way to back out of the affair. Plus she’s also lonely, and terrified that Alexander is going to leave her all alone. That of course would make her husband even more angry, as it would mean no more money. So Alexander digs a pit and falls into it… and then keeps digging. Then he flies out of the pit with copies of a pamphlet about the affair and throws them everywhere. Bad idea. Nice going, Alexander.

Thomas Jefferson & James Madison

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Jefferson and Madison are the dynamic duo of… pretty much everything. Together, they bring about Alexander’s demise with the Reynolds Pamphlet. Madison is Jefferson’s second fiddle (read that in a book), but important all the same. They’re pretty tight – a bond forged in sass, judgmentalism (is that a word?), rapping, writing, and mic drops (Jefferson drops, Madison catches). It’s pretty much to only bromance in Act Two, but it’s great, so no worries. Jefferson is fabulous and flashy, while Madison is much more quiet, silent power that you didn’t even realize was power. They cover each other’s flaws and complement each other’s strengths, so if these two come at you… watch out.

Eliza Hamilton & Angelica Schuyler

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Angelica continues to support Eliza. Selflessly. In “The Reynolds Pamphlet”, Angelica is there to tell Alexander off, and informs him that she loves her sister more than anything. More than she has ever loved him. In a cut song, “Congratulations”, she talks about how she lived in an unhappy marriage an ocean away, sacrificing everything so Alexander and Eliza could be happy. I just need to post the lyrics. I don’t have words for how much Angelica loves Eliza.

[ANGELICA]
You’ve redefined your legacy, congratulations!

[HAMILTON]
It was an act of political sacrifice

[ANGELICA]
Sacrifice?
I languished in a loveless marriage in London
I lived only to read your letters
I look at you and think:
“God, what have we done with our lives and what did it get us?”
That doesn’t wipe the tears of the years away
But I’m back in the city and I’m here to stay
And you know what I’m here to do?

[HAMILTON]
Angelica…

[ANGELICA]
I’m not here for you

I know my sister like I know my own mind
You will never find anyone as trusting or as kind
And a million years ago she said to me,
“This one’s mine”
So I stood by
Do you know why?

I love my sister more than anything in this life
I will choose her happiness over mine every time

 

This is what true love looks like, my friends.

Alexander Hamilton & Aaron Burr

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Throughout Act Two, the relationship between Hamilton and Burr becomes more and more complicated. Hamilton makes bad choices and a few enemies. Burr sides with said enemies and judges his old friend with them. Aaron Burr actually doesn’t have a political position, and he starts to feel left out. To fix this, he runs for Senator against Philip Schuyler, Alexander’s father-in-law, and wins. In the end, that deepens the divide between them. By Cabinet Battle #2, Burr is majorly annoyed that Hamilton always gets whatever he wants and never faces consequences. He teams up with the Southern Democratic-Republicans to rip Alexander apart from the inside out. They go through his history as Treasurer and stumble across the shocking amount of money being spent. When they confront him, Hamilton tells them about his affair and then, to their delight, makes it public. Finally getting ahead, Burr decides to run for president. Hamilton endorses Jefferson, who ends up winning, leaving Burr as vice-President. Thinking that they’ll at least be able to work together, Burr goes to talk to Jefferson, who laughs at him and slams the door of friendship in his face. Now Burr is mad. He turns to Hamilton as a way to vent his anger, and Hamilton responds by being rather obnoxious and unapologetic. Burr kills him. (It’s a little more complicated than that, but I’d rather not think about it or the day will be ruined for me.) Hamilton is dead. The end. *runs to clutch ten dollar bills and cry because she is too distraught to elaborate*

Thomas Jefferson vs Alexander Hamilton

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I’ve talked a bit about them in the Hamilton and Burr section. Hamilton and Jefferson loathe each other. In fact, if Jefferson had killed Hamilton, we all would probably be a lot less sad and a lot more, “Yeah, I kinda expected that.” They agree on literally nothing. They are not friends for a single instant. From the moment they meet until the day Hamilton dies, they dislike each other. Yes, Hamilton endorses Jefferson for president, but not out of a genuine like for him – more that he believes him to be slightly better suited than Burr for the job. I guess the only thing they agree on is that they’re both friends with Lafayette. But that’s it.

 

Well, thus ends the Hamilton post series. Expect more posts on this show at some point, however. I’ll love it till the day I die, so it ain’t goin away any time soon.

A Brief Hamilton Observation

In lieu of another relationships post, seeing as I am lazy and haven’t gotten around to it yet (I will soon!) I would like to present to you a brief observation I’ve had when reading through some of the letters of the Trio. Yes, you’re getting a post about my OT3. BroT3? Still haven’t determined what to call this. Either way I love it. I’ve been writing a fanfic on them on my AO3 account. Read it.

But anyway, as you know from reading my other posts or listening to the show, John Laurens died at the age of 27. Alexander Hamilton died at 49. Lafayette outlived both of them and survived for 30 years after Alexander’s death. Additionally, the three of them were all close, as I have definitely mentioned a number of times. I’m currently reading a Lafayette biography, and the author has been talking a little about their “warm friendship”, to use his words.

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So turning to more serious matters, after John Laurens died (and I’m dying too because that gif) Alexander didn’t really want to talk about it. Now remember, this guy wrote obsessively about everything. He was almost never quiet. Throughout his life he produced enough writing to fill 27 volumes. To be silent about anything goes to show how deeply it affected him – he had no words.

To the best of my knowledge, we only have two letters where he discussed Laurens’ death. One of those was a letter to Lafayette. Observe the following quote:

“Poor Laurens; he has fallen a sacrifice to his ardor in a trifling skirmish in South Carolina. You know how truly I loved him and will judge how much I regret him.”

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This was tacked onto the end of a long letter, which I have not read all of as it concerns with a lot of business matters. Additionally, this bit about Laurens comes as a postscript, since Hamilton has already closed and signed the letter. So remember these points: mentioned briefly, placed at the end of a long letter, and indicating great sorrow without really going into it.

The observation that I made was that Lafayette reacted to Hamilton’s death in nearly the exact same way – in a letter to someone he was extremely close to, but at the end and with few words. That person was Thomas Jefferson. Here’s the quote.

“The Deplorable fate of My friend Hamilton Has deeply Afflicted me—I am Sure that whatever Have Been the differences of parties, you Have Ever Been Sensible of His Merits, and Now feel for His Loss.”

See what I mean? Hamilton and Lafayette both reacted to the death of a friend without a real reaction. Now I ought to note that Hamilton did emphasize his feelings a little more elsewhere, but for him, it was still not much. They all loved each other a lot, my friends.

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This was interesting to me, as well as very sad. You know how truly I have loved the trio and how their deplorable fates have affected me. Now that I’ve had a careful philosophical analysis on these men and their lives/deaths/friendships, off I go to write fanfic where they’re all college students. Go figure.

Hamilton Relationships: Act One

I have returned! As promised, I come to give my biased, nerdy perspective on the various relationships amongst our  nation’s creators and try desperately not to bring up my personal fan fictions about said creators. A part of me wants to travel back to 2012 when everyone was obsessed with zombies and tell them that in four years, everyone will be rapping about the Founding Fathers and other people (*cough cough, me, cough cough*) will be writing fan fictions on them. We live in a great time, my friends. (Look around, look around, at how lucky we are to be alive right now…)

But I digress! I am supposed to be talking about the relationships in Hamilton, so here we go. There are SO MANY! Despite the fact that there are 14 major characters, there are WAY more than 14 relationships, since there are sub-relationships and trios (remember that one, by the way) and squads and romance and bromance, and multiple relationships per person – SO! I’ve decided to simplify this a little, I’ll do two separate posts: act one first, naturally, and then act two. So without further ado, onward to the many many relationships of Act One! Let’s start with the two main romances.

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Alexander Hamilton/Eliza Schuyler

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This is the most obvious. Obviously. After all, as I said in the first two posts and as you should know anyway, Alexander and Eliza are married. Eliza falls desperately in love almost as soon as she meets Alexander, but it’s not clear at first if he loves her too. In “A Winter’s Ball” he makes it relatively clear that a marriage with a Schuyler Sister would be good for his social standing, and at first he flirts mainly with Angelica. He switches to Eliza so quickly that you can wonder if maybe he’s using her to get the position he wants. Decide for yourself. As the musical goes on, though, you can’t really deny that he certainly does love her, and treats her much better after the whole affair/Philip dying issue. By the end, he calls her “my love” and thinks of her while he’s about to die.

Alexander Hamilton/Angelica Schuyler

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When I said “Two main romances” I’m fairly sure 90% of the fandom reading this expected the second to be Alexander and John, since they are, as I have stated, really really popular. We’ll talk about them a little later, though I’m gonna use an ampersand for them rather than a slash. I meant the two main romances in the show, not the fandom. Be willing to wait for it. Anyway, Angelica and Alexander. As I said above, he does flirt with her at first. But maybe I should correct that and say he flirts with her and take off the “at first” part. By act two, they’re still writing each other back and forth and comma flirting. Compare these sentences: “My dearest Angelica” and “My dearest, Angelica.” Alexander picks the latter. Alexander, you naughty boy. After the Reynolds Pamphlet, Angelica pushes her relationship with Alexander aside and decides to stick with Eliza, because she loves her sister far more than she loves Alexander. Think “Frozen”. True love, my friends.

Kay, let’s move on from the romances. I know a bunch of people are going to call the stuff I call platonic “romances”, which is fine. We all get along in this fandom. Do whatever ya want (I’m super dead.)

The Hamilsquad

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This is from Story of Tonight Reprise, by the way.

Before I go into the other relationships that exist amid this group, let’s discuss these four. Lafayette, Alex, and John are all younger, and Hercules Mulligan is I believe twenty years or more older, so he’s kind of the dad/mom friend. He even says “I’ve got y’all knuckleheads in loco parentis”, and loco parentis is Latin for “in place of a parent.” #Confirmed. But anyway, these four are all very close, go everywhere together, tease each other, hug a lot, and generally act all around adorable. Some people who have seen the play comment that there’s quite a lot of hugging going on in Act One. Perfect. H.G. needs bromance in her life, and this show, luckily, delivers. Boy does it deliver. (Pun intended. You’re welcome.)

John Laurens and Alexander Hamilton

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Told you we’d get to them! Honestly, you can’t do a relationship posts without discussing John and Alexander. By the way, it really is complicated. One of them is dead, and then both of them are dead, and then 200 years later, they’re being shipped, they’re the subject of historical debates, they’re the subject of blog posts by rabid fangirls, they’re either friends or boyfriends or both if you ask the fandom… if that’s not complicated, show me something that is.

So like I said, pretty much everyone ships them in one way or another, platonic or romantic. Some historians say that they might have been romantically involved at some point. If that’s true, it’s very rare for the time period. Those conclusions come from a number of affectionate letters exchanged between the two. A lot of similar letters were exchanged between Hamilton and Lafayette. In any case, John and Alexander are very close – when John fights a duel, Alexander goes as his second. When Alexander gets married, John’s his best man. They can probably read each other’s minds. Like I mentioned in the songs post, Alexander is heartbroken when John dies, (so am I because I loved that guy) and never really forms another relationship like that again. I guess he has Lafayette, but Lafayette’s in France, and Alexander kind of… well, betrays him, soooooo…

When Alexander is about to die and catches a glimpse of the other side, John is the first one he sees waiting in heaven for him. John dies quoting Alexander, and Alexander dies quoting John. Which is very beautiful. You’ll be hearing more about them later when I talk about my favorite relationship. It’s not this one, great as it is. Wait for it.

I didn’t mean to make this so long…

Marquis de Lafayette & Hercules Mulligan

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Felt like I should mention this. Since there are four members of the Hamilsquad, and Alexander and John are often harmonizing, Hercules and Lafayette will do the other parts of harmonies or rounds and are often standing next to or near each other. They’re also pretty close – maybe not Alexander and John kind of close, but still. That’s hard to top, honestly.

George Washington & Marquis de Lafayette

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Pic is from AMC’s “Turn”, which I want to watch.

This one isn’t mentioned in the musical so much, but it is majorly important in actual history, so I thought I should bring it up. Summary: Washington had no biological children, though his wife had children from a former marriage. Lafayette was young and brave and friendly. Lafayette was basically the son Washington never had. *Les Mis plays*. They were extremely close, Lafayette went and cried by Washington’s grave after he died – it’s a very interesting relationship to do research on. And I love research. I have a bunch of fun (adorable) facts I could whip out about them. Comment if you want it. ;D Come on, you know you want it.

The Schuyler Sisters

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The Schuyler Sisters are a tightly-knit group, much like the Hamilsquad. Angelica, as the oldest, is sort of in charge. Peggy’s the youngest and slightly naive. She worries about what her father will say when they sneak out, being slightly naive, but Angelica and Eliza want to check out the city, the revolution (the guys…). The three are constantly together. They harmonize, hug, kiss each other on the nose and cheek (according the those fortunate people who have money and saw the show), and generally look out for each other. Especially Angelica, who is always looking out for Eliza. Sadly, Peggy dies (the same year as Philip) and doesn’t come back in Act 2. She’s only in Act 1. But they love her anyway.

Aaron Burr & Alexander Hamilton

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In Act One, these two are friends. Burr isn’t exactly a member of the squad, since the other  three really don’t like him, but Alexander is always nice to him, even when they don’t see eye to eye. They both try out for the position of Washington’s Right-Hand-Man/aide-de-camp/sorta secretary. They both have families they love. They really have a lot in common, so it’s sad they couldn’t resolve their issues in Act Two.

 

Now for my favorite relationship. I love it, I ship it (platonically but more on that in a second), I fic about it all. The. Time. I do research on it, on them, on the incredible friendship – okay, okay, here it is already!

Alexander Hamilton & John Laurens & Marquis de Lafayette

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So, this is my… what would you call a platonic OT3? A BroT3? Just an OT3? Eh, I don’t care what you want to call it, it’s so cute! Essentially, while John and Alexander are undeniably adorable, Lafayette was also very close friends with both of them and all three of them exchanged letters dripping with affection, French, and other such shippable goodness. I think Alexander is good romantically with Angelica, or Eliza, so I ship these three in a platonic/brotherly/friend kind of way. I’m notorious for being a FriendShipper…

I’m trying so hard not to post a million excerpts from the letters that I tracked down and read – it’s not easy. If you want ’em, post a comment and I will be glad to give them along with a running commentary, analysis of quotes, remarks made by historians, debates on said remarks from historians, and plenty of heart emojis.

By the way, some of my friends don’t like this ship because they feel like I’m leaving Hercules out of the picture. Well, he was at least twenty years older than them and I haven’t found any letters from him – so he’s in the squad, but not in the Trio. It’s hard to explain. The Trio is, by the way, this ship’s ship name.

It’s tricky for me, because this is not a very popular ship. Fanfics are rare. Platonic fanfics are even more rare. When I can find some, I am the happiest girl alive. When I can’t, I go and read through the letters again to cheer myself up, or write fanfics of my own. Okay, I’ll stop being a nerdy FriendShipper now. *bows* *retreats*

 

Part Two coming soon! If I missed any, let me know and I can add them in part two. Remember to comment for the facts or the letters!

 

Off to see Moana! Yes, I am a 15 year old going to see a Disney movie, get over it, it’s Lin Manuel-Miranda for crying out loud. Have I not explained my love for him yet?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hamilton Songs

Well, I’m back! This time, I bring you the songs of “Hamilton”. I’m going to describe and summarize all 47 and give some quotes. This post took at least a week and a half to write.

By the way, I know “Hamilton” has been in the limelight recently due to the remarks some of the cast made to Vice-President elect Mike Pence when he visited the show. #BoycottHamilton is trending, especially among conservatives. While I do not consider myself a liberal, I don’t believe there was anything wrong in what the cast did. They spoke in a manner that was very respectful and thanked the future VP for attending. Trump then began an angry campaign against them and said that they had harassed Pence. Really? That word seems a bit strong to me. I am not a Trump supporter, never have been. As a girl with a disabled brother, I could never support the candidate due to some of the things he has said. His redeeming quality, in my eyes, was that he seemed less corrupt (to me) than Hillary. So while I do not support Trump, I do support America, and I hope he’ll be a good president for us. And I sure as heck support “Hamilton”. This show changed my life. It changed the way I look at the world, at our history, and at other people. I love “Hamilton”. I am not going to throw all that aside even if I don’t believe the address was entirely appropriate to give. It was still delivered in an appropriate way. Besides, we have freedom of speech. So I stand with my fandom and I probably always will. We Hamilton lovers stick together. Just needed to get that off my chest. I am not throwing away my shot!

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Now, to the songs…

ACT ONE

Alexander Hamilton

This is the first song in the musical, where Alexander’s friends (and enemies) all describe his place in the life, and the other events are foreshadowed or outright described. Alexander arrives in America in this song.

Important quotes: “How does a b******, orphan, son of a w**** and a scotsman, dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot in the Caribbean by providence impoverished and squalor, grow up to be a hero and a scholar?” – Aaron Burr (Sorry, I hate to post mild language, but it’s one of the most important quotes in the show and I just couldn’t leave it out.)

“Alexander Hamilton. My name is Alexander Hamilton.” – Alexander Hamilton

“The world will never be the same.” – Entire cast

Aaron Burr, Sir

Arguably the two most important people in the show are Alexander and Burr, so they are the first two songs. In this song, Alexander tracks down Burr for some advice, but then he meets John, Lafayette, and HERCULES MULLIGAN after they give their introductions, and decides that they’re cooler than Burr. He starts hanging with them instead.

Important Quotes:

“‘Fools who run their mouths off wind up dead.’ ‘A ya yao yo yao yo what time is it? Showtime!'” – Aaron Burr and John Laurens (This is what we call foreshadowing, children.)

My Shot

The song that is maybe the most important in the show – and the most quoted – is this one. Alexander describes his ambitions to his friends and they all talk about the revolution. Here, we also learn about Alexander’s past and the hopes for his future. He declares boldly throughout the song, “I am not throwing away my shot!” Remember that. It’s going to be important.

Important Quotes:

“Hey yo I’m just like my country, I’m young, scrappy, and I’m not throwin’ away my shot!”  – Alexander Hamilton (Foreshadowing, again.)

The Story of Tonight

Alexander and his friends sing about their hope. “Raise a glass to freedom”, says John, “Something they can never take away.” There’s lots of bromance and, I am told, lots of hugging if you see the stage version.

Important Quotes:

“Raise a glass to the four of us, tomorrow there’ll be more of us.” – Alexander Hamilton & Co. (Meaning his squad. Meaning John, Herc, and Laffy Taffy.)

The Schuyler Sisters

Angelica, Eliza, and Peggy sneak out of their house and into New York city to roam the streets. Angelica is excited by the prospect of a revolution, and hopes she can find someone smart enough to match her wits. Burr thinks maybe he’s that person. No way. Sorry, Burr.

Important Quotes:

“Look around, look around at how lucky we are to be alive right now.” – Eliza Schuyler

Farmer Refuted

A man named Samuel Seabury stands on a box and proclaims his Tory beliefs to the people of New York. He thinks that Congress is betraying Britain, and says he prays that the king will show his mercy to them. Yeah, like anyone cares. Alexander jumps up and verbally tears the guy to pieces. He had it coming!!! My sister and I identify as Samuel Seabury and Alexander Hamilton respectively, and I always try to get her to do this song with me.

Important Quotes:

“‘I pray the king shows you his mercy.’ ‘Is he in Jersey?'” – Samuel Seabury and Alexander Hamilton.

You’ll Be Back

Here comes King George with a love letter to the colonies. Hello, why did you break up with me? Yes, you do realize that I am the best you will ever get? Well, whatever. You’ll be back, so I’ll just wait for you to come to your senses here. And I’ll kill your friends if that’s what it takes. (He’s a bit of a yandere if you hadn’t noticed.)

Important Quotes:

“Oceans rise, empires fall!” – King George III

“I will kill your friends and family to remind you of my love.” – King George III

Right Hand Man

It’s all well and good to trash Samuel Seabury and join a revolutionary squad, but Alexander wants to see some action. Meanwhile, General Washington is swamped, exhausted, and plain overwhelmed with work. Trying to lead an army and work with congress at the same time is not easy. He needs some help. Enter Hamilton. He has brains, talent, and three whole friends. Problem solved.

Important Quotes:

“I cannot be everywhere at once, people!” – George Washington

“I have some friends. Laurens, Mulligan, Marquis de Lafayette – okay, what else?” – Alexander Hamilton

A Winter’s Ball

Suddenly, Alex is popular. He works for George Washington, so he gets a lot of special attention. But he’s still poor. However, here, at a ball, there are three pretty girls who are rich, and two of them are interested in him. Sounds good.

Important Quotes:

“We’re reliable with the LAAAADIIEEES!!!” – All men

“If you can marry a sister, you’re rich, son.” – Aaron Burr to Alexander Hamilton.

Helpless

Eliza falls head over heels from the minute Alexander walks in the door. She’s a little shy, but luckily, Angelica introduces them, and soon they’re writing letters back and forth. Eliza is breathless, desperately in love, and completely helpless. Soon, they’re married. She can’t even believe her luck. She is the happiest girl in the world.

Important Quotes:

“Boy, you got me helpless.” – Eliza Schuyler (now Hamilton.)

Satisfied

Alexander and Eliza are married. Everything’s good, right?

Wrong. Angelica loved Alexander first. He caught her eye almost right away, and then she found out how smart he was. Finally, she has an equal in everything… except wealth. She’s the oldest. She can’t marry someone as poor as Alexander. But maybe Eliza could, and then, at least, Angelica can be happy for her sister. All the same, she is not satisfied, and never will be.

Important Quotes:

“And I know, she’ll be happy as his bride. And I know… He will never be satisfied. I will never be satisfied…” – Angelica Schuyler

The Story of Tonight (Reprise)

Time for the squad! Alexander’s friends goof off and tease him about his new marriage, all the while growing steadily drunker. (Is that a word?) Then in comes Burr. Burr made it to Alexander’s wedding party… and according to John, Burr has a girlfriend too. Alexander can tell Burr isn’t comfortable around his friends, so he sends them off and talks to Burr alone. Yes, Burr has a girlfriend, but, (oh no) she’s married. To a British officer. Oh dear. (By the way, the workshop version of this song is hilarious. They’re all ten times drunker and twenty times cuter. If drunker isn’t a word, I’m making it a word. You’re welcome, America.)

Important Quotes:

“Welllll, well I heard, ya got a special someone on the side, Burrr….” – Drunk John Laurens

“I will never understand you. If you love this woman, go get her. What are you waiting for?” – Alexander Hamilton to Aaron Burr.

Wait For It

This is when Burr starts to get some character development. He is in love with a woman who is married to one of his nation’s enemies. Still, he is willing to wait for her. And that shows the biggest difference between Burr and Hamilton. Where Alexander wants to go and get everything he wants, Aaron Burr will sit around and wait for it to come to him. I keep trying to find a way to describe this song and… I can’t. You just have to listen to it. This is my favorite song in the entire production. It is so powerful. I’m sure I’ve done a terrible job explaining it, but there are literally no words to do so. Just… listen to it. Please.

Important Quotes:

“I am the one thing in life I can control. I am inimitable, I am an original.” – Aaron Burr

“Love/Death/Life doesn’t discriminate between the sinners and the saints. It takes and it takes and it takes.” – Aaron Burr

Stay Alive

Hamilton returns to war, and things are not looking good. The army can’t get supplies, and they’re about to go into a very dangerous battle. Washington promotes Charles Lee. Unfortunately, Lee is a terrible general and messes up Washington’s orders, so George puts Lafayette in charge. Angered, Lee starts saying bad things about Washington. That is SO not okay. John challenges Lee to a duel and asks Alexander to come and be his second. They get this adorable moment where John tells Alexander that he’s his closest friend. H.G. loses her mind and goes to write fic.

Important Quotes:

“I’m a general! WHEEEEE!!!” – Charles Lee

“‘Alexander, you’re the closest friend I’ve got.’ ‘Laurens, do not throw away your shot…'”

Ten Duel Commandments

Charles Lee v. John Laurens. This should be good. Alexander is John’s second, and guess who’s Lee’s? Burr. In this song, we learn what the ten commandments are when it comes to dueling. This is important, as there are two other duels in the show besides this one. This song is a ton of fun to listen to, as the tune is dramatic and suspensful. Burr asks Alexander if they can agree that duels are dumb (foreshadowing again, children) but Alexander wants John to fight Lee, so the duel is still on. Wonder how it will turn out?

Important Quotes:

“Pick a place to die where it’s high and dry.” – Ensemble

“Leave a note for your next of kin, tell ’em where you’ve been. Pray that hell or heaven lets you in.” – Alexander Hamilton.

Meet Me Inside

And the winner is John! John shoots Lee in the side, but oh no. Here comes Washington. They are in soooo much trouble…

Washington yells at Hamilton, angry with him for doing something so immature. Alex replies sarcastically that maybe John should have shot Lee in the mouth to shut him up. George, he was defending your honor. Alexander again asks for a command. Washington is furious and tells Alexander to go home.

Important Quotes:

“‘Your wife needs you alive, son, I need you alive -‘ ‘CALL ME SON ONE MORE TIME!'” – George Washington and Alexander Hamilton.

That Would Be Enough

Alexander comes home to discover that Eliza is pregnant. Suddenly, he is humbled, and concerned that he won’t be enough for her and this child. Eliza tells him that he is more than enough for her, as long as he will make time for her and let her into the legacy he has created for himself. It’s a very sweet, romantic song. It’s hard not to love Eliza after hearing this. Apparently Alicia Keys is covering this song soon…

Important Quotes:

“‘Will you relish being a poor man’s wife, unable to provide for your life?’ ‘I relish being your wife.'” – Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Hamilton

“We don’t need a legacy. We don’t need money. If I could grant you peace of mind, if you could let me inside your heart…” – Eliza Hamilton

Guns and Ships

LAFAYETTE!!! This is where America’s favorite fighting frenchman takes control of your heart, and Washington’s. As one of Alexander’s best friends, Lafayette knows that he would be a good leader, so he presses Washington to give a command to Hamilton and basically brags about how great he and his friend are. This is the fastest rap in Broadway history – the song is 334 words in just two minutes. Let that sink in. Anyway, it’s an amazing song, and Lafayette is a cinnamon roll, and I would totally marry him if I could.

Important Quotes:

“I’m takin’ this horse by the reins, makin’ redcoats redder with bloodstains!” – Lafayette

“No one has more resilience or matches my practical tactical brilliance!” – Lafayette about Alexander Hamilton

History Has It’s Eyes On You

Washington gives Alexander a command (about time!). He reminds him, however, that their story isn’t going to end when the war does – they’re making history, and the things they do will be told throughout the ages. Don’t forget that, Alex. The Hamilsquad harmonizing in the background makes this song even better. I could listen to Christopher Jackson’s voice all day. He’s like the Morgan Freeman of singing. So calming…

Important Quotes:

“I know that we can win. I know that greatness lies in you. Just remember, from here on in, History has it’s eyes on you.”

Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down)

Lafayette and Hamilton both congratulate each other on making it this far and give themselves a pat on the back. And then they say goodbye (even though they don’t realize it’s goodbye). The two never speak to each other in the play again, since pretty soon, Act One ends and Lafayette’s actor plays Jefferson instead. Before that, though, Hamilton makes a promise to Lafayette that if he ever needs him, he’ll make sure America sends aid. Remember that. After that, Hamilton takes his battalion and gets ready for the battle of Yorktown. Lafayette goes on ahead to Chesapeake Bay, and John goes to South Carolina.  HERCULES MULLIGAN does his awesome spy tricks, and so we’re clear, this plan is great, the redcoats are deadcoats. Woot. After a week of fighting a young man in a redcoat stand on a pillow pet (parapet, sorry) and waves a white flag. The British have surrendered, and America is free. This song always gets me pumped. It’s so patriotic and exciting and amazing and wow I love it. I love it so gosh darn much.

Important Quotes:

“Immigrants: we get the job done.” – Lafayette and Alexander Hamilton.

“Gotta start a new nation, gotta meet my son!” – Alexander Hamilton

“We’ll never be free until we end slavery.” – John Laurens

“Freedom for America, freedom for France!” – Lafayette (this is his last line in the show, aside from “We won”.)

What Comes Next?

King George is sad. America has officially broken up with him. He is dejected that they weren’t willing to come back, and asks them what they plan to do now. Freedom is tough, especially if you don’t know how to use it. Leading a country is even tougher. It’s scary how right he will turn out to be.

Important Quotes:

“Do you know how hard it is to lead? You’re on you’re own. Awesome, wow!” – King George

“When your people say they hate you, don’t come crawling back to me…” – King George

Dear Theodosia

Now that the war is over, Hamilton and Burr can both just… breathe. What’s more, they both have families now. They are both fathers. Burr’s daughter is named Theodosia, and Alexander’s son is Philip. In this song, they commit to raise their children and promise to make the world safe for them. It’s a sweet, beautiful song and one of my favorites.

Important Quotes:

“We’ll bleed and fight for you. We’ll make it right for you.” – Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton

 

Tomorrow There’ll Be More of Us

You thought everything was going to be okay now that the war’s over? You were wrong. Alexander is at home, when Eliza comes in with a letter. “It’s from John Laurens,” Alexander says, but Eliza replies that it is not. It’s from his father. John stands on the other side of the stage and watches as Eliza reads the letter to her husband. “Lieutenant Colonel John Laurens was killed in a gunfight against British troops in South Carolina.” And for once, Alexander has nothing to say. He gives a quick reply about having work to do, chokes back a sob, and flees the room. Everyone cries. John deserved so much better than this…

This song is not in the album, but you can listen to it on YouTube. Watch an animatic for tears and ugly sobbing.

Important Quotes:

“‘Tomorrow there’ll be more of us…’ ‘Alexander, are you alright?’ ‘…I have so much work to do.'” – John Laurens, Eliza Hamilton, and Alexander Hamilton

Non-Stop

We’re a little more than halfway in here. Act One wraps up with a song about Alexander moving on after the war. He joins forces with John Jay and James Madison (we’ll meet him soon) to write a series of essays to defend the Constitution. And he writes 51 essays. In six months. Seriously, who even does that!? Anyway, after that amazing feat, Washington asks Alexander to be the Secretary of the Treasury. This is distressing to both Eliza and Angelica (who has just moved to London with her new husband), since it means a lot of work for Alex and less family time. But still, he’s ready to buckle down and get things done for America. Alexander is not throwing away his shot. Or so he thinks…

Important Quotes:

“I was chosen for the constitutional convention!!!” – Alexander Hamilton

“HAMILTON WROTE THE OTHER FIFTY-ONE.” – Aaron Burr

“He will never be satisfied…” – Angelica Schuyler (technically now she’s Angelica Church, but I’m gonna keep calling her Schuyler.)

ACT TWO

What’d I Miss

Oh, hello, Daveed Diggs is back, only this time he’s wearing a fuschia jacket and has his hair down. No more Lafayette. Well, we will hear more about him later on… ANYWAY! Thomas Jefferson is back in America after going as the Ambassador to France, and the minute he gets home, he finds out that he’s been appointed Secretary of State. He sails up to New York, where his friend James Madison pulls him aside and warns that Alexander Hamilton has a new financial plan that neither of them will agree with. Jefferson is introduced to Hamilton, and then they get down to business.

Important Quotes:

“‘Where have you been?’ ‘Uh… France?'” – James Madison and Thomas Jefferson

“So what’d I miss?” – Thomas Jefferson

Cabinet Battle #1

Alexander has a banking system plan. Jefferson hates it. Rock paper scissors? Flip a coin? Nahhhh. Rap battle, obviously! The two secretaries each try to convince Washington why their idea is right. Alexander’s plan is going to involve assuming debt, however, and Jefferson doesn’t think it’s fair that the South should have to pitch in, since all their debts are paid. Alexander reminds him that that’s only because they have slave labor. Burn.

Important Quotes:

“Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We fought for these ideals, we shouldn’t settle for less. These are wise words, enterprising men quote ’em, DON’T ACT SURPRISED, YOU GUYS, ‘CAUSE I WROTE ‘EM!” – Thomas Jefferson

“A civics lesson from a slaver. Hey, neighbor, your debts are paid ’cause you don’t pay for labor.” – Alexander Hamilton

Take a Break

Eliza wants to take a vacation upstate and visit her father, but Alexander isn’t sure he can make it away. Philip has just turned nine (yeah, some time has passed) and is writing poetry. Alexander and Angelica have been writing each other flirtatious letters across the ocean. When Angelica actually arrives to go on their holiday with them, she finds out Alexander isn’t coming. They beg and plead and sing amazingly, but to no avail. Alexander has to stay behind to work on his plan.

Important Quotes:

“My daddy’s tryin’ to start America’s bank! Un, deux, tois, quatre, cing!” – Philip Hamilton

“It says ‘My dearest, Angelica.’ With a comma after dearest.” – Angelica about Alexander’s letter

Say No To This

Eliza’s gone. So is Angelica. Alexander is weak and lonely… and vulnerable. Enter Maria Reynolds with a sob story about her abusive husband. Alexander offers to walk her home and then the next thing you know… affair. Bad. And then worse when her husband sends a letter to Alexander for blackmail – pay or Eliza finds out. Maria pleads with Alexander to stay, says she didn’t know any better, and essentially seduces him… but really, she’s just a young helpless girl who actually doesn’t know any better, so I forgive her. Like it would matter if I didn’t.

Important Quotes:

“I didn’t know about any letter! I didn’t know any better. Please don’t leave me, I am helpless.” – Maria Reynolds (She’s using Eliza’s phrase, if you didn’t notice.)

“How could I do this?!” – Alexander Hamilton

“Just give him what he wants and you can have me! Whatever he wants, if you pay, you can staaaaaay…” – Maria Reynolds

The Room Where it Happens

Alexander is still hard at work to get his plan through to Congress. Jefferson and Madison have decided that they’d like it if the U.S. Capital were in the South. So, the three decide to get together and compromise over dinner. Burr is annoyed that he’s being left out, and then angry when Alexander goes along with them so that the capital will be down south like they want. He begins to realize that he always seems to be left out of the picture. Hmm.

Important Quotes:

“Two Virginians and an immigrant walk into a room, diametric’lly opposed, foes.” – Aaron Burr

“I wanna be in the room where it happens, the room where it happens, the room where it happens…” – Aaron Burr

Schuyler Defeated

Burr tries to get accepted by becoming a senator, but this makes Alexander angry. Burr switches parties to replace Philip Schuyler, who is Alexander’s father in law. Annoyed, Burr insults Alexander for being so prideful. Philip is in this song. Philip is adorable. His actor left….

Important Quotes:

“I swear, your pride will be the death of us all. Beware, it goeth before the fall!” – Aaron Burr

Cabinet Battle #2

Remember when I said we’d hear more about Lafayette?

Remember when Lafayette and Alexander were bros?

Remember when Alexander promised to help Lafayette in his revolution?

Well. Turns out Alexander is very bad at keeping promises. In this cabinet battle, the issue on the table is France. They’re on the verge of war with England. Jefferson believes America should send funds to help out, but Alexander convinces Washington otherwise. Jefferson then asks him if he’s forgotten Lafayette. Since Jefferson and Lafayette are both played by Daveed Diggs, it essentially means that Alexander is betraying Lafayette… right in front of Lafayette’s face. So this really breaks my heart, especially since I learned that Lafayette had been thrown in prison at this time. It’s okay, Laffy Taffy, I still love you even if Alexander doesn’t…

Important Quotes:

“Did you forget Lafayette?” – Thomas Jefferson

“Lafayette’s a smart man, he’ll be fine. And before his was your friend, he was mine.” – Alexander Hamilton about Lafayette.

Washington on Your Side

Jefferson, Madison, and Burr are annoyed that Alexander can basically do whatever he wants. The president listens to him and hardly pays any attention to any of them, since Alexander sort of has him in his pocket. The only thing to do is to wreck Alexander. Since he’s the Secretary of the Treasury, they decide to find out how he’s spending the money – see if there are any misdeeds of his that they can report. Let’s show these federalists who they’re up against… I’m not saying what comes next…

Important Quotes:

“I’m in the cabinet, I am complicit in watchin’ him grabbin at power and kiss it. If Washington isn’t gon listen to disciplined dissidents, this is the difference, this kid is out!” – Thomas Jefferson

“OH! This immigrant isn’t somebody we chose… OH! This immigrant’s keepin’ us all on our toes…”

One Last Time

Jefferson resigns. Alexander is surprised, then angry, then excited because he thinks it means he can say whatever he wants about Jefferson now. Washington then explains that Jefferson is stepping down to run for president – and Washington is stepping down from running for president. Alexander is shocked, and certain this will only have bad outcomes, but Washington knows that stepping down can help the country to move on and learn to continue without him. Alexander writes a farewell address for the president. Washington steps down and moves on.

Important Quotes:

“‘He’s stepping down so he can run for president.’ ‘Ha! Good luck defeating you, sir.’ ‘I’m stepping down, I’m not running for president.’ ‘I’m sorry, what?'” – George Washington and Alexander Hamilton

“I want to sit under my own vine, and fig tree, a moment alone in the shade. At home in this nation we’ve made… one last time.” – George Washington

I Know Him

King George is back on the scene with plenty of opinions to offer. He doesn’t exactly understand the way American government works – are they just going to keep switching around whoever’s in power? And who’s next? John Adams, apparently. King George is sure that the Americans are going to rip Adams apart and then destroy their nation from the inside out. This is going to be fun for him to watch. At the end, he does this maniac laugh to show that at this point, he’s not entirely stable. Groffsauce (Jonathan Groff, actor who plays King George, ray of sunshine, and national treasure) pulls it off so well.

Important Quotes:

“I’m perplexed…” – King George

“There’s nobody else in their “country” who looms quite as large…” – King George

The Adams Administration

George Washington is gone. Unfortunately, George Washington is the only thing that keeps Hamilton under control.

Hamilton loses control. Adams says some slightly unkind (okay, pretty nasty) things about him in private, so Hamilton publishes an even nastier response that I am NOT going to repeat here for many, many reasons. Jefferson, Burr, and Madison are gleeful, and decide to let Hamilton know what they’ve discovered while doing their detective work.

Important Quotes:

“Say what.” – Thomas Jefferson

“This is great! He’s out of power, he holds no office, and he just destroyed President John Adams.” – James Madison

We Know

Strangely, this is one of my favorite songs, even not too much happens. There are five notes that play in between the lyrics, but aside from that, there isn’t too much music in it. Still, it has a sort of suspenseful feeling, like the three Democratic-Republicans are circling Hamilton. Essentially, they go and tell him that they think he’s stealing from the Treasury fund to give to James Reynolds for whatever reason. Hamilton explains that, well no, he wasn’t doing that – what he was doing was cheating on his wife and letting himself get blackmailed. Wait, whaaaat? Well, um, wow. At least the three can leave knowing that there’s no way Hamilton can mess up any more badly, right? Right?

Important Quotes:

“‘Dear sir, I hope this letter finds you in good health, and in a prosperous enough position to put wealth in the pockets of people like me, down on their luck. You see, that was my wife you decided -‘ ‘WHAAAAAAAT?'” – Aaron Burr reading a letter from James Reynolds, and Thomas Jefferson reacting

“I never spent a cent that wasn’t mine. You sent the dogs after my scent, that’s FINE.” – Alexander Hamilton

“The people won’t know what we know.

Hurricane

WRONG. Hamilton decides that if the American people think he’s stealing from them, he has to come clean and show them that he was always honest with their money. And the only way to do that would be to tell everyone in the country about the affair. Tell everyone in the country about the affair, it is!

Important Quotes:

“I wrote my way out, wrote everything down far as I could see…” – Alexander Hamilton

The Reynolds Pamphlet

All hell breaks loose when Alexander publishes a pamphlet detailing his affair, including letters from James and Maria and the places that he met with her (his own house, mainly.) The world goes nuts. Loud music plays, lights flash, papers go flying. The entire cast fills the stage to toss pamphlets everywhere – even King George comes and throws a handful in Alexander’s face. I wish I could go back in time and join in. As much as I love Alexander, it would be pretty fun… Also, Angelica arrives and turns her back on Alexander – she loves Eliza far more than she ever loved him. This was not the effect Alexander expected, but there are far worse things to come. His poor wife. Jefferson is overjoyed right now. He’s never been happier. Once you listen to this, you will never get it out of your head  – it is far too catchy for it’s own good.

I love this song, in case you couldn’t tell. 🙂

Important Quotes:

“Well he’s never gon be president now, that’s one less thing to worry about.” – Thomas Jefferson and James Madison

“I love my sister more than anything in this life, I will choose her happiness over mine. Every time. Put what we had aside. I’m standing at her side. You could never be satisfied, god I hope you’re satisfied…” – Angelica Schuyler to Alexander Hamilton.

Burn

Poor Eliza shows up. She is finding out about this at the same time as the whole world – he’s been stringing her along and lying for years. And she in all her goodness never suspected a thing. Not only did he have an affair, he told the entire world about it and humiliated her in front of… well, everyone. She is heartbroken and outraged. And this is where the cute, loving Eliza retreats and Fire Girl bursts out. Eliza bashes Hamilton, burns his letters, and banishes him from their room. She is very scary when angry, and deserved so much better than him. What’s amazing about Eliza is that she doesn’t blame Maria at all. She calls Maria a girl, indicating that Alexander is wholly responsible. Because, yeah, he is. You go, Eliza. We all love you, Eliza.

Important Quotes:

“She said, ‘Be careful with that one, love. He will do what it takes to survive.'” -Eliza Hamilton about Angelica

“How they perceive you… you, you, YOU… I’m erasing myself from the narrative. Let future historians wonder how Eliza reacted, when you broke her heart…” – Eliza Hamilton

“I hope that you burn.” – Eliza Hamilton

Blow Us All Away

Philip is now 19, smart, fresh out of college, and reliable with the ladies – he’s like his father was at the beginning of the musical. Philip looks up to Alexander, so when he hears someone named George Eacker saying bad things about his father… well, that’s not okay. Philip has to make his father proud, which means no one can talk trash about him and get away with it. Philip challenges Eacker to a duel, then instantly becomes scared and unsure of what to do. He goes to Alexander for advice, and Alexander tells him to fire his gun into the air to show he means no real harm. Eacker will probably follow suit and do the same thing, and they can all go home unharmed. So, Philip goes to the dueling ground and aims into the air like the honorable guy he is.

And then Eacker shoots him in the side.

Important Quotes:

“I doubt you would have let it slide, and I was not about to.” – Philip Hamilton to Alexander Hamilton

Stay Alive (Reprise)

Alexander arrives at the doctor’s, where Philip lies dying on a table, still not entirely sure what went wrong. Alexander runs to his side and  listens as Philip says that he did exactly as his father said. Eliza arrives in time for Philip to say goodbye and apologize, still thinking he must have made a mistake somehow. Eliza tries to soothe him by reminding him of his childhood and singing the same French counting song they’d use when he was nine. Philip tries to sing along, but at three his heart stops and he lays back. He dies. Eliza screams, and our hearts all shatter.

Since he’s played by the same actor as John Laurens, Anthony Ramos, it means we have to watch him die not once, but twice, and cry both times.

Important Quotes:

“I held my head up high.” – Philip Hamilton

“Un deux trois…” – Philip Hamilton

It’s Quiet Uptown

The Hamiltons move uptown. Alexander stops worrying about his work and walks the streets, heartbroken. Angelica watches and narrates as he slowly comes to realize and admit all of his mistakes, and he and Eliza eventually grow back together. Take pity on them. Out of the unending goodness in her, Eliza forgives Alexander.

Important Quotes:

“We push away what we can never understand, we push away the unimaginable.” – Angelica Schuyler

The Election of 1800

After all that sorrow, time for the dynamic duo of Jefferson and Madison to come back. The   Presidential Election is just around the corner, and once again, T.J. is in the running. John Adams wasn’t great, so he has practically no chance. Which means that the election is Jefferson v… Burr? So Burr is running for president. Madison suggests that he try to get an endorsement from Hamilton, and Jefferson begrudgingly agrees that this could be a good plan. To everyone’s surprise and Burr’s chagrin, Hamilton does. Jefferson wins and then decides he doesn’t really want Burr as VP, since back then, the runner-up would get that. Poor Burr. Even though he’s about to…

Important Quotes:

“It might be nice, it might be nice, to get Hamilton on your side.” – James Madison to Thomas Jefferson

“I have never agreed with Jefferson once. We have fought on like seventy-five different fronts. But when all is said, and when all is done, Jefferson has beliefs. Burr has none.” – Alexander Hamilton

Your Obedient Servant

Burr isn’t just annoyed now. He’s angry. Once again, Hamilton was in his way – but this time, he sided with his enemy rather than with Burr, who used to be his friend. This can’t go on. Burr writes to Alexander and expresses his grievance. Rather than be polite, Alexander sends back a list of thirty years of arguments they’ve had – I don’t know which time you’re referring to, here’s every single one. Now Burr is furious and demands an answer. Alexander replies that he only did what was right, and he’s officially crossed the line. Burr challenges him to a duel. Hamilton accepts.

Important Quotes:

“I wanna be in the room where it happens, the room where it happens, the room where it happens. You’ve kept me from the room where it happens for the last time.” – Aaron Burr about Alexander Hamilton

“Careful how you proceed, good man. Intemperate indeed, good man. Answer for the accusations I lay at your feet or prepare to bleed, good man.” – Aaron Burr

“‘Weehawken. Dawn. Guns drawn.’ ‘You’re on.'” – Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton

Best of Wives and Best of Women

I believe this is the shortest song in the album, but it packs a lot of emotion. Alexander doesn’t tell Eliza about his duel. She finds him awake early in the morning – he’s writing his goodbyes, even though she doesn’t know it – and asks him to come back to bed. Alexander tells her he has a meeting out of town and then kisses her hand as she goes back to bed. This is the last time he’ll see her while he’s alive. We’re getting close to the moment… breathe, H.G., breathe.

Important Quotes:

“I’ll be back before you know I’m gone.” – Alexander Hamilton

“Hey. Best of wives and best of women…” – Alexander Hamilton to Eliza Hamilton

The World Was Wide Enough

Burr and Hamilton arrive in Weehawken. At first it’s standard procedure, the two of them examining the terrain (and each other) trying to figure out what to do, and what the other person will do. Burr grows steadily angrier throughout the song. At this part, it’s sung to the same tune as “Ten Duel Commandments”, and many of the lines in that song are repeated here, such as “Most disputes die and no one shoots”. Both men recall that they are standing in almost the exact same spot where Philip died. Burr notices Hamilton examining the gun and begins to get nervous. Then Alexander puts on his glasses, and Burr panics. Alexander is a good shot, and why would he put on his glasses if not to take aim? Then Burr thinks of Theodosia, and decides he can’t let Alexander make her an orphan. So he makes his choice. And fires.

Then everything freezes, and Alexander takes over. The world revolves in slow motion as he stares at that bullet that’s coming closer and closer, and reflects on his life and the choice he has to make now that he’s facing the end of it. If he dies, will he take Burr with him? There’s still time for him to shoot. As he contemplates all of this, Alexander catches a glimpse of heaven. He sees John (who, remember, was very close to him and died young) and Philip beside him. Washington is also there, having died a few years earlier, and Alexander is on the verge of tears. Suddenly he snaps back to reality with the thought of Eliza. There is a brief moment of absolute stillness, and the only sound is Alexander breathing. And then he says to Eliza, “my love, take your time. I’ll see you on the other side.” He raises his gun and then whispers, “Raise a glass to freedom…”

Alexander throws away his shot.

“WAIT!” Burr screams, but it’s too late. The bullet hits Alexander directly between his ribs. Burr stumbles towards him, but he is ushered away, and Alexander is brought back across the Hudson. Burr wanders and hears people crying in the streets. Someone comes and advises him to go into hiding, and he discovers Angelica and Eliza were both by Alexander when he died. Aaron Burr is lost in his regret. He may have survived, but he’ll live with guilt and the hatred of others pinned on him – forever.

Important Quotes:

“This man will not make an orphan of my daughter!” – Aaron Burr

“Burr. My first friend, my enemy?” – Alexander Hamilton

“Laurens leads a soldier’s chorus on the other side, my son is on the other side! He’s with my mother on the other side. Washington is watching from the other side, teach me how to say goodbye. Rise up, rise up, rise up – Eliza…” – Alexander Hamilton

“I survived, but I paid for it…” – Aaron Burr

“I should have known the world was wide enough for both Hamilton and me…” – Aaron Burr

Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story

The entire cast takes the stage, and Eliza begins to talk. Rather than spend time on tears, she decides to take on Alexander’s legacy and make sure the world will remember him. She interviews every soldier who fought with him, she goes through his pages of writing, she enlists Angelica’s aid to help tell Alexander’s story. Lafayette, Hercules, and John harmonize in the background at one part, and I think that’s usually what gets me. This song is so hard to listen to without crying. Eliza lives for fifty years and never again remarries. She always loves Alexander. She works so hard to make sure he is remembered, and she does more than enough. When her time is up, Alexander comes to bring her to the other side, and the entire company sings as she takes his hand and accepts her passing.

I’d like to point out that now that Eliza is gone, someone else tells Alexander’s story and keeps him alive, and that person is Lin Manuel-Miranda, who created this whole thing and who I adore from the bottom of my soul. *salutes* Thank you, sir. *Salutes Alexander* And thank you. You changed my life. Both of you.

Important Quotes:

“Who keeps your flame, who tells your story?” – Aaron Burr

“I interview every soldier who fought by your side.” – Eliza Hamilton

“She tells our story…” – Lafayette, Hercules, and John

“The Lord in his kindness, he gives me what you always wanted. He gives me more time.” – Eliza Hamilton

“Who lives, who dies, who tells your story.” – Entire cast.

 

 

Now, off to listen to Hamilton!

Next post: Relationships!

 

 

 

 

Hamilton: An American Musical

Hello all! Well, lately I’ve been VERY inactive, and my fanfictions have sort of fallen by the wayside. I have a lot going on right now – I’m reading who knows how many books, writing a lot, plus doing college research, regular schoolwork, social life, and fangirl stuff.

But speaking of fangirl stuff, I have a new fandom. Well no, it’s not *exactly* new, because I joined in July, but the obsession didn’t really take hold until I think about September, and now I’ve decided to do a post about it. As you can probably guess from the title, my new fandom is:

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I loveeee this Broadway musical SO much! Pretty much everything I say lately is a Hamilton quote. I’m fairly sure everyone reading this has heard of it, but just in case you haven’t:

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Oh, and naturally this entire post contains spoilers.

Basically, this is a musical about the life of founding father Alexander Hamilton, the first treasurer of the United States and George Washington’s aide-de-camp during the Revolutionary War. However, this is different than most Broadway musicals, in that many of the songs are rap. There are over 20,000 words in Hamilton, crammed into just two and a half hours, and that is an amazing feat, in case you weren’t aware. That’s 144 words per minute. Phantom of the Opera is only about 7,000 words (although, admittedly, Phantom is about an hour shorter.) The show starts when Hamilton is 19 and wraps up with his death in a duel, at the age of 49. In between all of that we have other founding fathers trashing or supporting Hamilton, a fabulous frenchman saving the day, a not-so-secret affair, Revolutionary War stuff, King George being a clingy ex, bromance, romance, hatred, ponytails, and crying. Lots and lots of crying.

Basically, Hamilton arrives in America in the first song, and by song eight, he’s established himself as Washington’s right-hand-man. The first act revolves around the war, as well as laying some of the groundwork for act two, when all hell and tear ducts break loose. That’s because, while act one was all friendship and saving America and all that, act two involves Alexander cheating on his wife, and getting slapped around by two of the other founding fathers, and ultimately being shot in a duel against his long-time political rival and previous friend, Aaron Burr. Over the course of 46 songs, “Hamilton” becomes simultaneously the best thing you ever listen to and the worst. So naturally I’m doing a post series on it.

Over the course of the next two weeks or so, I’ll try to get five+ posts out there about my love for Hamilton – the songs, the characters, the relationships, etc. etc. etc. For day one, and that’s today, we’ll start with the characters!

Naturally, we open with the title character:

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Introducing Alexander Hamilton, the character I relate the most to, the reason why you’re here, and the lead in the show. Portraying him here is Lin Manuel-Miranda, who wrote the music, the lyrics, the book about the show, and then played Alexander to top it all off. Alexander loves to write, but he does have a tendency to overshare. He is married to Elizabeth Schuyler, who he loves a lot (though not enough to keep from cheating on her, as we shall hear later on.) He’s George Washington’s right-hand-man, doing all of the jobs Washington is to busy to do. Alexander is great at making adorable bromantic friendships, but sadly he’s also great at making enemies, and that lands him in sticky situations rather often. Still, he’s very lovable, a terrific writer, and ultimately pitiable. Oh, and he gets shot at the end of the musical. Get tissues, trust me.

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This is Aaron Burr, and by now you are probably very confused if you aren’t familiar with Hamilton. Neither of the actors I have shown you is white, even though both Burr and Hamilton were. The great thing about the show is that it is “America then told by America now” as the book says. In fact, there’s only one white actor in the main original cast. But anyway, back to Burr.

Burr is a bit of a wannabe. At the beginning of the show, he and Alexander are friends, but as time passes, they begin to disagree. From the start, they didn’t always see eye-to-eye, but as Hamilton becomes more powerful, he seems to always be in the way of Burr’s goals (like being President). What do you do when something is in your way? You get it out of the way. So Burr challenges Alexander to a duel and shoots him for a number of reasons too numerous to mention here. But oh boy does he regret it.

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Now this cutie pie is John Laurens. Depending on who you ask, John is either Alexander’s best friend or his boyfriend. They’re a very popular ship in the fandom, and even those of us (like me) who don’t ship them as a couple ship them as friends. John’s an abolitionist – he hates slavery the way most people hate Twilight. Maybe more. He’s a bit hotheaded at times, but at heart he’s a sweetheart and you can’t help but adore him from the bottom of your soul. Naturally, he’s killed in a gunfight at the age of 27, since all of the best people die young. Alexander’s never the same after that. His death song isn’t in the album, but you can find it on YouTube. You’ll cry. I cried. But then again, I suppose I cry at everything…

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This is Lafayette, better known (by me anyway) as Laffy Taffy, and he is too good for this world. I am almost positive you have heard of Lafayette before, and I am also positive you will love him, because it’s pretty much impossible not to. Lafayette is one of Alexander’s closest friends. They’re both immigrants, and they both have a common goal: free America. He’s one of those people that has literally unlimited energy – for example, he does the fastest rap in the show (19 words in three minutes) while jumping off a table about seven feet into the air. Since Alexander is the type who can function on two hours of sleep and three pots of coffee, he and Lafayette probably pull all-nighters and drive the rest of the camp crazy.

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I give you HERCULES MULLIGAN, whose name is always said the way I just wrote it. He is brash, he is loud, and he is amazing. Hercules is a tailor who spies on the British. He’s outspoken and obnoxious and really, really sweet when you get to know him. He makes up the fourth part of our epic bromance group which already consists of Alexander, John, and Lafayette. Hercules is the oldest – he’s sort of the dad friend of the group. Well, maybe more of the mom friend, since he’s got the sewing thing going on. We love you, Herc.

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Meet Angelica Schuyler, (in pink), the strongest woman in the show and the sister to Alexander’s wife, who we shall meet next. Angelica is the oldest in a prestigious family, and so it’s obvious that she must marry well. She meets Alexander at a ball, and falls in love with him almost immediately – however, once she finds out he is poor and of no social standing, she introduces him to her younger sister, Eliza. Why? Because Angelica loves Eliza more than anything in the world, and she wants her to be happy. We see this throughout the show as Angelica continues to watch over her sister and stick up for her.

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This beauty is Elizabeth Schuyler, Alexander’s wife. Gosh she is pretty. Makes me feel bad about myself… but anyway! As I said above, Eliza meets Alexander thanks to Angelica. He’d already caught her eye at that point, and they are instantly attracted to each other – they get engaged only three weeks after they meet! Eliza loves Alexander, and she brings him hope and reassurance even when things seem dark. Essentially, she is a ray of sunshine and a perfect cinnamon roll to good for this world. However, Alexander is her superior in brains – he’s more matched with Angelica in that aspect – and eventually he cheats on her with a girl we’ll meet later. Later he realizes his mistake and begs her forgiveness, and then Eliza, in all her wonderful goodness, gives it. After his death, she works for 50 years to keep his legacy alive.

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Last of the Schuyler sisters is Peggy, the youngest. (At least the youngest in the show. In reality there were two younger than her, but they hadn’t been born yet.) Peggy is often overlooked, since she’s just really there to keep her sisters happy. She’s a little bit naive, but she confides in Alexander and provides a lot of fun for everyone around her.

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Make way for King George III, the fabulous and sassy. He’s actually a very minor role, but you’d never know it from the way he fills up your eardrums. King George sings three songs, two of which are breakup ballads to America. He acts like a clingy ex. To him, the war is a game and America is a girlfriend who doesn’t realize that he’s as good as it gets. Because, let’s be real, he is. Even if he does go crazy.

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Give it up for the pride of Mt. Vernon, George Washington! The general, the first President of the U.S. (the one who keeps everyone under control…), Washington is cool and collected even when Alexander and the squad are jumping around and shooting people in the spur or the moment. (Yes, that happens. Don’t question us.) Throughout the show, Washington is someone Alexander looks up to. He gives him a position as his “right-hand man”, and then, after the war, a position as the Secretary of the Treasury. Washington can see the greatness in people even when they can’t, and he sees that Alexander can do amazing things for America.

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Give it up for Thomas Jefferson and his fabulous fuschia coat. He’s played by the same actor as Lafayette – many of the roles are dual cast – but they could not be more different. Pretty much the only thing they have in common is France. Jefferson was the ambassador to France during the revolution, and when he gets back, he becomes the Secretary of State. This means that he works with Alexander, but since they tend to disagree on everything, they’re always fighting. They each try to convince Washington why they are right (Alexander always wins) in a series of epic rap battles. Still, for all his annoying arrogance, you just have to love Jefferson. I mean, look at that face. Too much handsome. *sweats*

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This is James Madison, played by the same actor as HERCULES MULLIGAN. Where Hercules was brash and outspoken, Madison is quiet. He’s mostly there to back Jefferson up. The two are very good friends, but Jefferson is obviously in charge of this relationship. Madison’s not in perfect health, so he’s seen here coughing – he always has a handkerchief with him. Maybe he works behind the scenes, but he still works (even if he is working for Jefferson.) Don’t underrate him, he gets enough of that. Madison is my favorite character in act 2. He just cracks me up.

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Here is Philip Hamilton, Alexander’s eldest son. Philip is a sweetie who would never hurt a soul, but when he hears someone saying bad things about his father, he gets angry and challenges that guy to a duel. He’s a good person, so he plans to throw away his shot at the end and spare his opponent, but the man has other plans. He shoots. Philip dies. And we all cry our eyes out.

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Meet Maria Reynolds. Words cannot express how bad I feel for this girl. Essentially, she has a terrible husband who is cruel and abusive, and, not really knowing any better, she seduces Alexander so that her husband can make money off of him. Only trouble is, Maria actually really likes Alexander. And she’s desperate for someone to love her. So, Alexander has an affair with her, and when it seems like he will move on, she pleads with him to stay with her. And he does. So while I love Eliza and while I will always be angry with Alexander for betraying her, I can’t help but pity Maria. Oh, and she is maybe the best female singer I’ve ever heard in my life, on top of that.

 

 

So that wraps up the characters. I should be back soon to give you my top ten favorite songs. In the meantime, if you haven’t listened to Hamilton, get to it!