I thought I was Act I for life, but now Act II is coming on strong. How do the songs stack up in a play by play deathmatch? Which Act will reign supreme? Who is my one true love, Lafayette or Jefferson?? You know, if you had to choose (choose choose choose .....Yo!)
  1. Alexander Hamilton vs. What'd I Miss
    "And Alex got better, but his mother went quick" gets me every time, but, c'mon, you simply must meet Thomas. AH is a beautiful, sweeping introduction, but WIM has to take it for bringing us the insouciant Jefferson, "I guess I basically missed the late 80s" indeed... Winner: What'd I Miss?
  2. Aaron Burr, Sir vs. Cabinet Battle #1
    Tough! I love CB1, especially since it led me down a Wikipedia rabbit hole concerning Madison's health ("Damn, you're in worse shape than the national debt is in!"), but ABS was the first song where I really fell in love with the wordplay of Hamilton. So even though one of my favourite lines of the entire musical is Madison's sycophantic echo ("Why he even brings the thunder...") I have to go Act I. Winner: Aaron Burr, Sir
  3. My Shot vs. Take a Break
    The harmonies on TaB are divine, and it does set up the most heartbreaking count known to man, but Hercules Mulligan saying that he's "got y'all knuckleheads in loco parentis" is, in fact, impossible to beat. Winner: My Shot
  4. The Story of Tonight vs. Say No to This
    Peggy, how *could* you? Winner: Say No to This
  5. The Schuyler Sisters vs. The Room Where it Happens
    Hmmmm. Another hard one, but "Burr, you disgust me" "Ah, so you've discussed me! I'm a trust fund baby, you can trust me" puts TSS over the top. Winner: The Schuyler Sisters
  6. Farmer Refuted vs. Schuyler Defeated
    Damn but FR is clever. And you have to love "But strangely, your mange is the same" Winner: Farmer Refuted.
  7. You'll be Back vs. Cabinet Battle #2
    King George! It seems madness (of course I went for it) not to go with him, but even "I will kill your friends and family to remind you of my love" can't compete with a French monarch retorting "Uh, do whatever you want, I'm super dead". Winner: Cabinet Battle #2
  8. Right Hand Man vs. Washington On Your Side
    Here come the dinner rolls! (Anyone else listening to The Room Where It's Happening podcast? Just me?) Okay, this is another tough one. I love RHM. Love it. ("And boom goes the cannon, watch the blood and the shit spray, and boom goes the cannon, we're abandonin' Kips Bay") but it's bested by "If Washington isn't gon' listen to disciplined dissidents this is the difference: this kid is out!" Winner: The Southern motherfuckin' Democratic Republicans of Washington On Your Side
  9. A Winter's Ball vs. One Last Time
    I do enjoy AWB, but Chris Jackson kills OLT ("Pick up a pen start writing!") Winner: One Last Time
  10. Helpless vs. I Know Him
    I feel like this isn't adequately representing how much I love King George's songs, but he's bested again in this match-up. Winner: Helpless
  11. Satisfied vs. The Adams Administration
    Do I even have to explain? Even though I imminently enjoy "Sit down, John, you fat motherf-" we all know the clear winner here. Winner: Satisfied
  12. The Story of Tonight (Reprise) vs. We Know
    "Well, I heard you've got a special someone on the side Burr". TSoT is a delight, but sassy Burr trumps lovelorn Burr with "You best g'wan run back where ya come from." Winner: We Know
  13. Wait for It vs. Hurricane
    Another clear cut winner for Act I, though I do love the echo in Hurricane when Hamilton's "I couldn't seem to die" is followed by Burr's ominous "Wait for it..." Winner: Wait for It
  14. Stay Alive vs. The Reynolds Pamphlet
    Otherwise known as "I'm a General. Wheeee!" vs. "All the way from London? Daaaaamn!" In the end, I have to go Act I, that song's a barn burner. Winner: Stay Alive
  15. Ten Duel Commandments vs. Burn
    Hmmmm. I want to say Burn? I feel like I should say Burn? But TDC just gets me. Must be the callback to Aaron Burr, Sir. Winner: Ten Duel Commandments
  16. Meet Me Inside vs. Blow Us All Away
    An easy choice, though special shout out to "You're absolutely right. John should have shot him in the mouth. That would've shut him up." Winner: Blow Us All Away
  17. That Would Be Enough vs. Stay Alive (Reprise)
    Oh, the innocent days of Act I, when this was as heartbreaking as it got. TWBE is beautiful ("Let this moment be the first chapter, when you decide to stay - and I could be enough") but listening to Eliza repeat sept huit neuf makes SA dangerous to listen to while operating a motor vehicle. Winner: Stay Alive (Reprise)
  18. Guns and Ships vs. It's Quiet Uptown
    Oh, you aren't crying hard enough yet? Allow this musical to take you down Cathartic Sob Lane with IQU. Voting against it feels like kicking a puppy, but its alternate is Lafayette's verbal curbstomper ("And I'm never gonna stop until I make'em drop and burn'em up and scatter the remains") and my #1 with a bullet. Winner: Guns and Ships
  19. History Has Its Eyes On You vs. The Election of 1800
    No contest. My sympathy for Burr fully blooms in Eo1800. 'He's so misunderstood!' I think. 'Another victim of a rewritten history!' I exclaim. Then I do some more research and realize, no, he was actually a real prick. Curse you, genius and charm of Lin-Manuel Miranda and Leslie Odom Jr. for tricking me into loving this guy. "He seems approachable?" "Like you could have a beer with him!" Winner: The Election of 1800
  20. Yorktown vs. Your Obedient Servant
    "Hercules Mulligan, I need no introduction, when you knock me down I get the fuck back up again." Enough said. Winner: Yorktown
  21. What Comes Next? vs. Best of Wives and Best of Women
    And George squeaks out a win - Awesome! Wow! Winner: What Comes Next?
  22. Dear Theodosia vs. The World Was Wide Enough
    I love DT, especially "My father wasn't around, I swear that I'll be around for you" - it's just a beautiful song, sung beautifully, that's a sock to the solar plexus for a parent. But, c'mon, it's up against a magnum opus. Winner: The World Was Wide Enough.
  23. Non-Stop vs. Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story
    Hmmmm. The reverse of #22 in some ways. WL,WD brings the house down, but NS weaves together everything we've learned so wonderfully with everything still to come. Gotta go Act I. Winner: Non-Stop