The Room Where It Happened

If you haven’t heard of the show ‘Hamilton’, it’s the critically acclaimed musical written by Lin-Manuel Miranda about one of the founding fathers of the United States – Alexander Hamilton.  The casting announcement opened for ‘Hamilton’ in London in December 2016; tickets went on sale January 30, 2017. So in true fashion, my friend and I were at our computers the day, hour, minute and second the ticket sales went out to the public.  I waited in a “virtual” queue for multiple hours until it was my turn to snag four tickets for the January 11, 2018 show.  January 11th happens to be Alexander Hamilton’s birthday, too!  Didn’t know it until after we saw the show.  Originally, the first show was scheduled for November 2017, which seemed disappointing at the time to have to wait until our showing in January.  In retrospect, it worked out because those who got tickets for November/December shows had to be moved since the production wasn’t quite ready.

So, the four of us got to experience what all the fuss was about.  It really did live up to the hype! During the whole show I was in awe of just how creative, catchy, and informative(!) it all was.  The choreography was outstanding/demanding, and to think they usually do two shows a day!  I don’t know how they do it.  I did check out instagram after the show to start following a few of the actors from that night, one of them posted a pic of a box full of “Shack Burgers” from Shake Shack.  Maybe that’s how they do it!

Who would’ve thought to make a hip-hop musical about Alexander Hamilton, and then think it would work?! If you get an opportunity to see it, don’t throw away your shot!

 

Tradition Substitution

I love metropolitan cities. It sends my senses into overdrive. Since we live in a country where English is not the primary spoken language, London holds an even more special place in my heart, now. Last year, it helped with homesickness. We used to visit NYC each year, just before Christmas, to see all the decorations and lights.  This year, we’ll bring our  tradition to this side of the Atlantic and maintain it as long as we’re on this side of the world.  I love visiting London. I love being able to read all the signs, get around, and openly converse with the locals without a struggle. It’s like a much needed palette cleanse for the mind.

We had a great time having high tea (how proper!), seeing a show on the West End, and enjoying cuisines that we’ve missed. Hubs and I feel refreshed and already contemplating our return to this amazing city.

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