3 Reasons Why 'Hamilton' Is The Best Modern Musical Of Our Time

3 Reasons Why 'Hamilton' Is The Best Modern Musical Of Our Time

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When you hear the term “musical,” classics such as "Grease," "West Side Story," and "Annie" come to mind. But musicals have evolved since the whimsical blues era of the ‘60s and ‘70s. Music, in general, has evolved. More specifically, hip-hop has taken over mainstream society.

Within the last couple of years, the media has officially dubbed rap as the most streamed genre of music in America. So it is fitting that a hip-hop musical has dominated almost every category of the 2015 Tony Awards with 11 awards and 16 nominations.

"Hamilton: An American Musical" reviews the themes of love, loss, hope, doubt, betrayal, forgiveness, war, and so much more. It follows a young Alexander Hamilton throughout his rags-to-riches tale, from a poor orphan boy in the Caribbean to America's first Secretary of the Treasury. Lin-Manuel Miranda, responsible for the musical's score, lyrics, and book, also plays the title character of Alexander Hamilton in the original Broadway production. During this two-and-a-half hour show, the audience bears witness to Hamilton's mistakes, tragedies, successes, and revelations.

Although tickets to the live show are nearly impossible to obtain, the soundtrack is easily available online. And it is absolutely worth the listen. Some of my personal favorite numbers include "Alexander Hamilton," "My Shot," The Ten Duel Commandments," "Stay Alive," "The Schuyler Sisters," "Helpless," "Satisfied," "The Story Of Tonight," "Wait For It," "Say No To This," "The Room Where It Happens," "Burn," and "It's Quiet Uptown." Let me tell you why the genius that is Lin-Manuel Miranda deserves every accolade he’s received and more.



1. The musical incorporates the most revolutionary genres.

Never before has hip-hop, rap, R&B, soul, and alternative jazz styles been incorporated into a Broadway musical the way they have in this immaculate production.

2. The musical features a diverse cast.

Whether you see this musical off-Broadway or on Broadway, you will notice the cast features Black, Asian, and Latino performers in the roles of 16th-century Aristocrats. This is no accident. The point this makes is that men and women of color are just as great a part of America’s history—and future—as anyone else.

3. The musical teaches many history lessons.

As well as being entertaining, Hamilton is also educational. (I don’t know about you, but I had no idea that The Battle of Yorktown happened in 1781 or that Alexander Hamilton wrote the majority of the Federalist papers before listening to this soundtrack) Also, other lessons during the civil war such as the argument for and against slavery and the cabinet battles that led to the U.S. gaining its independence from England are explored.

Basically, this production will always be remembered as being a game-changer in the musical theater universe.

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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.
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Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.


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Poetry On Odyssey: I Inherited Blue Eyes And I Fell In Love With Them

Those blue doors sparkle / Those blue doors shine / Once in a lifetime / Yes, they are mine.

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Those Blue Doors


Those blue doors sparkle

Those blue doors shine

Once in a lifetime

Yes, they are mine.


Those blue doors

Give me a peace

A sense a treasure

This sense of mist.


To me an angel

To you is nothing

Together the blue doors

Give us more something.


That calm stare, ravishing

I felt my heart go

Beating at such pace

No one will know.


Those blue doors opened

Letting silent words speak

Reading thy loving thoughts

Matchable to my heartbeat.


I hear your love

As blue doors blink

Hands on the chest

Myself incapable to think.


Is this love worthy?

Blue doors speak, please

My questions are blank

Not sure I'll breathe.


Those blue doors

Those blue doors

I beg don't stop

Stare through my wounds

The beat may stop.


Those blue doors.

Yes, those blue doors

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