Hold on to your hats, y’all – November 2021 marks my return to Hamilton after 22 months since seeing the Broadway company in January 2020. The Angelica Company started a three-week run in Dallas at Music Hall at Fair Park and naturally, I had to be there! In November I actually went twice!
But first, I have to talk about the other show I saw before Hamilton. Our son was in the school musical, Matilda Jr., earlier in the month. I was in the audience for 2 performances, and worked the popcorn machine at the concession stand for the 3rd performance. Aiden was cast in three roles (Michael, Mechanic, and Cook), so he was the only actor making multiple quick changes. He and the other students did a great job bringing this story to life and improved their performance with each show. They will perform again during the school day for their classmates later in December.
My first visit – my return to Hamilton for my 13th viewing – was with Jonathan on Friday November 19. I had never seen this tour company prior to that date, and was thrilled to be back in the room where it happens to take in the performance. The show was crisper, sharper, cleaner, more dynamic than I’ve ever seen it. I immediately found myself visually following certain performers who stood out as exceptional or engaging. I noted the changes in choreography at the top of Act 2 (referenced in this article) and I felt like the new movement still really felt seamless like it had always been done that way. I miss getting to stage door, but I loved the opportunity to see the show again.
Then I turned around and went right back to see Hamilton the next day, November 20th – now my 14th performance. I took my friend Erin, who has never seen the show live. We went on what is actually Dallas Summer Musicals’ annual gala night, only we didn’t have the budget for the high-priced fundraiser dinner that happened before the show. We went across the street to Las Almas Rotas, a Mexican restaurant that offers a pre-show menu with cocktails themed to whatever show is in town. For the gala night, DSM set up a Barbie-box style Playbill photo prop, allowing us to step inside and grab a photo of us as though we were on a Hamilton Playbill cover. I loved the show, Erin loved the show, and we had lots of great nerdy theatre conversations all the way to Dallas and back. It was such a great night!
Also of note, I have officially made it! Well, kind of. I am serving my second year on the board of the Dallas Summer Musicals’ Associate Producers, our young professionals group. They put our names in the Playbill this year, so am officially in a Hamilton Playbill. Don’t give up on your dreams, y’all!
I’ll be back with a December recap before you know it! This year is really flying by!