Why I Almost Gave Up My Ticket to See Hamilton
One my colleagues organized a trip for students and faculty to see Hamilton together after he saw it when it was Off-Broadway.
- •The middle school teacher who organized the trip emailed about a month agoTo say that there was a student who hadn't signed up for the trip but had just started listening obsessively to the recently released soundtrack
- •And mentioned he was trying to find an extra ticketBecause they had just won the Tony, I think, but they hadn't yet won the Grammy
- •And I thought
- •If this 7th grader doesn't get to go, it could be traumatically defining in a very particular way
- •Imagine she's a sophomore in collegeAnd is now a full-blown THEATRE person (I hope this for her)
- •And she's starring in some intense, intimate playLike Paula Vogel's "How I Learned to Drive"
- •And she's in love with someone in the castThis is why theater exists: to put lovely, strange people in very close contact with each other
- •And this person she's in love with says something like: "Let's get Chinese together after rehearsal"So she thinks on a loop the whole rehearsal "A date? Not a date? A date?"
- •They go back to this persons crappy apartment after getting Chinese.A DATE!
- •This person is going through their extensive music collectionTheater people have extensive music collections
- •And they put on the Hamilton original cast soundtrackWhich is probably going to get an EGOT somehow?
- •"Wouldn't it have been SO amazing to have seen Lin-Manuel motherfucking Miranda as Hamilton on the original Broadway run?"-the love interestUh oh
- •"I actually did get to do that"Rather than "My middle school went to see it and I missed it!"