A once-in-a-generation Broadway musical is a filmed stag show helmed by its original director Thomas Kail that is a powerfully intimate, if not o timely transfer by a notable streaming service.
Hamilton lets the viewer see what Lin-Manuel Miranda made so revolutionary and cutting-edge in its preferred medium beginning five years ago at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Doing so much from the book and lyrics to being the titular initial Treasury Secretary for the U.S.
Rhythm and Blues and hip-hop have a dynamism in a bustling endeavor with unceasing choreography and sprinting lyrics as showstoppers like “The Room Where It Happens” and “My Shot” prove. Though the soft sincerity of “It’s Quiet Uptown” from its creator has an amazing oomph about it.
Much excitement still flourishes from this depiction by Kail, who arguably was more on his game (say in shot set-ups) in a recent small-screen miniseries starring Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams. “Fosse/Verdon”. An artistic aura is evident in what my appear excessive aurally and visually at times.
Still, what cleaned up at the Tony Awards and was record-setting in London for their Olivier accolades lets such a gifted ensemble project a range of talents as Hamilton quickly became a household name. Daveed Diggs, Okieriete Onaodowan, Jasmine Cephas Jones, as well as Phillipa Soo as a pained missus and Leslie Odom, Jr. as a looming killer in a duel do much shading beneath the pomp and circumstance without stuffy woodwinds or powdered-wigs during the early 19th Century (remember The Federalist Papers?).
You’ll be more than satisfied by Renee Elise Goldsberry’s rendition this alternate version which can resonate with a visceral solemnity. Because Broadway will have its lights dimmed til at least sometime next year it’s more than an Independence Day resent to see the likes of “History Has Its Eyes On You” as part of vibrant, almost transcending home-viewing. Even in its rousing, regaling diversity it ironically doesn’t have a true cinematic eye on what’s been making American begin to really take notice in a New-Age Civil Rights Movement.