When I was younger, having just gotten into theatre and still a long way from deciding that live events were going to be a career for me, I was very interested in New York City but it wasn’t until my last year of High School that I was able to actually get there and see it for myself. I remember seeing Les Misérables and it was amazing; it is still, to this day, one of my favourite musicals.
By this time I’d decided that theatre would be something I would pursue and I enrolled in the Professional Theatre - Production program at John Abbott College. I still remember the first few days of classes where the professors told the classes that this was commonly thought of as the easy program to be a part of and they were clear that this was not the case. Sure enough, we were twenty-one people in the first class and we graduated three technicians.
I remember having to do a study and breakdown of a production of my choosing. I chose, what was then one of the bigger musicals on Broadway, RENT). It was, in my eyes, revolutionary for the time - it’s one of those shows that comes along now and then that represents and connects with a generation. All of this long winded lead up is because I think that the production the recently swept the Tony Awards is, quite possibly the musical of this generation. If you watched the awards this year you’ll know that we’re talking about Hamilton - the show about the revolution and the characters :
- Alexander Hamilton (Lin Manuel Miranda)
- Marquis de Lafayette (Daveed Diggs)
- Hercules Mulligan (Okieriete Onaodowan)
- John Laurens (Anthony Ramos)
- Aaron Burr (Leslie Odom Jr.)
- George Washington(Christopher Jackson)
And the story would not be complete without the Schuyler Sisters: Angelica (Renée Elise Goldsberry), Eliza (Phillipa Soo), and Peggy (Jasmine Cephas Jones). They are basically the Destiny’s Child of the show. If you get the opportunity to see the show (good luck with that) then you should definitely do so and, failing that, maybe just listen to the soundtrack.