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Published: June 13th 2017
My name is Alexander Hamilton
Highlight of our trip will be "Hamilton, An American Musical"
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My sister (Debby Fleming Wurdack), four other friends (Siobhan Brace, Kathy Leach, Kathryn Snodgrass, Nancy Pautler) and I are headed next week to New York City for a girls' weekend to celebrate Kathy's 60th birthday. We have tickets to "Hamilton: An American Musical" -- winner of the 2016 Tony Award for best musical. I am beyond excited.
Ever since we purchased tickets for the musical last January, I have become obsessed. I read the biography by Ron Chernow. I read creator Lin-Manuel Miranda's "Hamilton, a Revolution." I have purchased two Hamilton tee shirts. I own the soundtrack and have listened to it endlessly. I have delved into YouTube and watched 100's of clips ... interviews, show footage, other groups' covers of the most melodic songs (Musicality being my favorite group). Don't miss Charlie Rose's many interviews ... with the creator, the producer, cast members, etc.
If you plan to go, I highly recommend watching all 46 songs on YouTube. Someone has kindly displayed all of the lyrics to each song, showing who is singing each line and shedding light on all the clever lines that are often rapped with lightning speed. Please pay attention to all the rhyming within lines
TODAY Show Snow Globe Headbands
We hope to capture NBC cameraman's attention with the subtle but elegant NYC skyline snowglobe headbands. Our gold star sign will read, "The TODAY Show outshines even 'Hamilton'."
-- it's a creative masterpiece.About the tickets. The show was, of course, sold out when I tried to buy tickets eight months ahead of time. I spent hours looking through ticket brokerage sites and settled on StubHub. I bought six tickets with a price tag on the tickets of $178 each. I paid $259 each. They are not good seats, but the theatre is reasonably sized so there are really no bad seats. (We sat in the last row of the Eugene O'Neill Theatre for "Book of Mormon" three years ago and were perfectly happy.)
My sister had been living under a mushroom and hadn't heard of "Hamilton" when we began our planning; she was horrified that we were going to pay $259 for a Broadway show. That was January. Now she too is obsessed, and is fully aware that tickets for Lin-Manuel Miranda's farewell performance as Hamilton in July went for $12,000 each. She is now concerned that our tickets could be grey market and we might not actually have tickets. Tickets in our same row are now going for $1200 on StubHub. Yikes. But as a precaution, we will be stopping by the Richard Rogers Theatre early in our
trip to have them scan our tickets to assure us of their authenticity.
If you have no interest in "Hamilton", you might want to give this particular blog a pass. You may miss some of the references and you might be bored to tears with how thrilled I'm going to be. We will be dining where Washington and Hamilton dined. We may take a patriot walking tour. We will be displaying a "Hamilton" sign on the Plaza outside The TODAY Show and wearing NYC skyline snowglobe headbands, just beyond the barricade, on Friday, September 16.
My headline today, for instance, is a reference to how long we have been looking forward to our trip/"Hamilton" experience. But it's also a reference to a song that Aaron Burr sings in the first act. He is patient and waits for things to come to him ... in contrast with Alexander Hamilton who is an endless bundle of energy, who leaps into everything. Burr advises him to "Talk less. Smile more."
Death doesn't discriminate
Between the sinners
And the saints
It takes and it takes and it takes
And we keep living anyway
We rise and we fall
And we break
And we make our mistakes
And if there's a reason I'm still alive
When everyone who loves me has died
I'm willing to wait for it
I'm willing to wait for it
Wait for it
One final note: You might be in my blog address book because you traveled with me previously, perhaps on a Tauck tour, or maybe because someone you love traveled with me and you wanted to follow along. Feel free to remove yourself from the list, or send me at email at email@example.com and I will remove you. I certainly understand your reluctance to follow me everywhere I go, and I take no offense at your asking to remove yourself from the narrative. Tommye
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