If you're rap fan, a musical theatre geek, a history buff, or interested in historical figures with daddy issues that died in duels, you need to be obsessed with "Hamilton" on Broadway right now. So in honor of the $10 founding father without a father, I'm going to give 10 reasons why this musical needs to be in your iTunes faster than you can say Lin-Manuel Miranda.
1. Lin-Manuel Miranda: This man might become the most unproblematic fave you will ever have. Even though he says he is, I've seen no evidence of this yet.
2. It's educational: That AP History class you took to look good on your transcripts didn't do this man justice. But seriously he had no chill.
3. It's inspirational.
"How does a bastard, orphan, son of a whore and Scotsman dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot in the Caribbean...impoverished in squalor grow up to be a hero and a scholar." You'll listen to the soundtrack and find yourself thinking that if Alexander Hamilton can overcome his mother dying, his father bailing, take over a trading charter at 14, and found our banking system, you can handle that 8:30 a.m. class you hate.
4. The Ham4Ham Lottery: In the style of Jonathan Larson, Hamilton holds a lottery for tickets to the Broadway show. Even if you don't win the tickets you get a show.
5. The cast: This show is a love letter to immigrants who claw their way out of difficult circumstances. And the people playing the characters reflect that.
6. This happened:
7. Universal: Whether your a history buff, or a hip hop fan, or a theatre geek there's something in this show for you.
8. They laughed: When Lin-Manuel Miranda previewed "Hamilton" at the White House Poetry Slam everyone laughed at him. He won a Grammy a few weeks ago.
9. More LMM: Seriously who has the guts to rap their acceptance speech?
10. Wait for it: It reminds you that if you want to succeed in life, you gotta wait for it. This song will get you through finals, midterms, and entrance exams to graduate and law schools."I feel like I have been Burr in my life as many times as I have been Hamilton. I think we’ve all had moments where we’ve seen friends and colleagues zoom past us, either to success, or to marriage, or to homeownership, while we lingered where we were — broke, single, jobless. And you tell yourself, ‘Wait for it.’”
Wait for it. But don't wait for this musical to become your next obsession.