Episode 5 – Hamilton
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Episode 5 of the Take Me To The World Musical Theatre Podcast is all about the musical Hamilton. I saw this smash hit last year in London and I’ve finally calmed down enough to talk about the show without hyperventilating from excitement. In this episode, I focus on some of the perceptions and biases I had about Hamilton before I saw it.
Where to Listen to Episode 5?
If you haven’t heard it yet you can listen to Episode 5 on Podcasts.com
Resources – Music
This has links (mostly on Spotify, unless otherwise stated) to the cast recordings/soundtracks that I mentioned in this podcast, as well as to some musical playlists.
It’s Broadway, Bitch – Spotify Playlist. This has over 1800 songs from different musicals I’ve either seen or have listened to obsessively. Most of the playlist is from stage musicals, but I have a few movie musicals and musical TV shows on here as well. Albums are in random order. Some songs contain strong language and subject matter, so listener discretion is advised.
Sounds of Broadway. This is an online radio station with over 4600 songs from 560 different musicals. It’s a fun way to listen to musicals you know and discover some musicals you may have never heard of before. The station also has a great weekly podcast about musicals.
In The Heights (2008 Original Broadway Cast). This is the first musical Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote/created/starred in before Hamilton and while I haven’t seen it I’ve been listening to the OBCR and it’s fantastic. There’s a musical adaptation of In The Heights that is scheduled to be released in 2021.
Resources – Video
Hamilton (2020 Filmed Stage Movie). This is the live stage production of Hamilton that is available on Disney+ as of July 2020.
Hamilton YouTube Channel. It has interviews, behind the scenes stuff and performances from past and current Hamilton casts. You’ll also find Ham4Ham performances. These were performances that the cast did for people standing outside to see the show or for the lottery (before the lottery went digital).
Resources – Websites and Apps
Reddit Musicals and Reddit Musical Theatre. Both of these subreddits are great places to go if you want to talk about musicals, get tips (if you’re a performer), and to get recommendations on shows to check out.
Broadway Musical Home. This is a great resource for anyone who loves musicals. They have an alphabetical list of over 300 musicals, and you can look up musicals by different categories like “based on a book” and “based on real life.” For anyone or any theatre company looking to put on a musical, you can check out the Rights page, which has information on where to get the rights to put on a variety of musicals.
Playbill has a listing for shows (musicals and plays) in New York, London and National Tours.
Today Tix has an App for both iOS and Android. You can use the app to buy cheap, same-day tickets for shows in cities like New York, London, Toronto, Chicago, and several others. I used this app with great success in London and highly recommend it.
Hamilton Musical. This is the official website for all the current running productions of Hamilton. The best way to find tickets for Hamilton is through this website. It will redirect you to the right ticket seller, whether that’s through Ticketmaster or through the performance venue box office. Be aware if you use a third-party website or reseller to buy Hamilton tickets they may be fake. The venue has the right to deny you entry if your tickets aren’t legitimate. I’d only purchase ticket through the official website just to be safe. You can also enter the Hamilton lottery on the website or through the app.
Hamilton App that’s available for iOs or Android. Like the website, this is the official app that will let you purchase tickets, but it is also (along with the official Hamilton Website) the only way to enter the Hamilton lottery. You can enter the lottery 2 days ahead of time, which is great. The app also has trivia questions, stickers, and some other fun things for fans.
Have you seen Hamilton? If so what did you think of it? If not would you like to see it?