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Saturday, May 7, 2016

HAMILTON, the musical, in NYC

I made it back from  NYC. Abbey and I had a great trip, saw lots of interesting architecture and art. Most importantly, we finally got to be ''in the room where it happens" and watch the original cast of the musical Hamilton perform.

The music, lyrics, timing, singing and acting, choreography and costumes were amazing, tight and full of energy. I have seen lots of theater but nothing like this. One of the things I admire about this cast is that they have emerged, on social media and in individual interviews, as people who are well spoken, responsible, and concerned about encouraging young people today to become those same things. They are involved in many projects to help the community, not just in New York City, but across the country.  They have been stirred to action for the good of America by their study, research and portrayal of these founding fathers, sons and daughters of liberty. I you have the chance, I strongly urge you to find a ticket and watch this. It is a new kind of hybrid between theater and music.
     

We also wandered through the Met for as long as my feet could stand it.  Of course we only saw three sections, Egyptian (I may have gotten lost in there), European painters and sculpture, and American painters.  My favorites are usually realistic portrayals of beautiful children, or mothers with their children.
     We did have some New York pizza, a bagel or two and more than one piece of cheesecake. Food, however, was not our mission on this trip. Our mission was anything having to do with Hamilton and Art. We did that, finding our way to Trintity Church where he and his wife and several other patriots are buried. We visited the house he had built, which now belongs to the National Park Service. (Yes, I got my 100th anniversary stamp).

We also took the Big Bus city tour and learned all about who used to live where and how the city has evolved through the past couple of centuries. We drove past the line to go up in the Empire State Building several times. No, we had no desire to stand in a line for that.
    Abbey navigated us through the city with her phone and called us Uber cars when my feet couldn't take anymore walking. We got to know the subway very well.
    JingleBoy came with us and sat on the Trade Center Memorial names (making Abbey very nervous that he would fall in and be washed away for good). Here he is on the bus tour, listening and learning. We did not stand in the long, long line to go down in the museum of the Twin Towers disaster either. Nope.
     For his photo-op, I sat JB beside Bryan Bennett's name on the memorial because the Blakleys were great friends of the Bennetts back in Ohio and Danny's great grandfather was actually named Bennett because his father, Robert Blakley married miss Eliza Bennett, daughter of Charles. (Not that you were interested in our genealogy, but there it is, in case you were.)


    One of the best things that happened to us, besides the musical, was seeing actors from the show, as we were walking down 8th street. I saw Renee (Angelica Schuyler) one day and then we both saw the Daveed, who plays Lafayette and Jefferson, on our last day there, as we hauled our suitcases toward the subway the last time. We just said hi and congratulated them on their great performances. Perfect.

                                 Bethesda Plaza in Central Park (the guy sitting on the ground in the horizontal stripes was playing a hammer dulcimer, my favorite string instrument).

1 comment:

Brenda Cohorn said...

The perfect trip! Music, Art, Library etc!! So glad you got to go..