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Saturday, December 2, 2017

The Room Where it Happens

Yes, I was finally in the theater where it happens - 
HAMILTON.

A few weeks ago, I experienced this wonderful show at the gorgeous Pantages Theater in Hollywood.


I've been listening to the CD of the show since the day it came out. I even walked by the Richard Rodgers Theater on Broadway to gaze longingly up at the marquee, dreaming of the day I would see the show.


Did Hamilton live up to the hype? 

ABSOLUTELY! 

In fact its awesomeness went far above and beyond what I'd hoped for. 

Performances - incredible. 

When Washington sang "Teach Them How to Say Goodbye," I thought my heart would burst.

The lighting design was the essence of magical!

I could do endless posts on the moments and images that make this show magisterial.

And then, when I thought I couldn't be more transported by the essence of the Hamilton experience...

...Lin Manuel Miranda came out at the curtain call. I truly thought the roar from the audience would bring the roof of the Pantages down.

It's a very special time of year in the theater when audience members are given the opportunity after the show to join the ongoing fight against AIDS by contributing to

Lin Manuel Miranda delivered the message about this charity that has also joined the relief efforts for those affected by the hurricanes this year in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. 

Broadway Cares is very near and dear to me. I lost a brother to AIDS. He was a beautiful dancer and choreographer with a deep love of the theater. 

I'm forever grateful to the theater community for carrying on the fight against this horrible disease.  

If you haven't been able to score Hamilton tickets, there is a 
lottery that gives you a shot at tickets. Here's the link for the

There's also an app in the App Store for HAMILTON lotteries in additional cities. Hey, it never hurts to try to get into:
The Room Where It Happens

17 comments:

  1. Glad the show was even better than you'd hoped for and that they are gathering donations for a worthy cause.

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    1. Alex, it really is icing on an already delicious cake.

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  2. How awesome that you got to see Hamilton. Now that I'm helping my boyfriend with his plays I really want to see it. I think it's coming to Detroit next year. Will have to check it out after reading your review.

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    1. Natalie - Bit by the theater bug, eh? It'll never let you go.

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  3. My condolences about your brother, I'm sorry. And I'm envious that you got to see that play; it seems like everyone who's seen it ended up loving it. I like going to plays even more so than movies because the action is right there on stage, right in front of me.

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    1. Thank you. I'm still playing the CD over and over.

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  4. I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about this show. I’m so glad you got to go!

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    1. Amazing doesn't begin to cover it! I'm still in awe.

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  5. I'm so glad you got to see the show!
    I hadn't heard of that charity - and it's a good one. Love when the people who have reach use it for good
    Sending hugs!

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  6. You are lucky lady! I've nothing but raves from everyone who has seen Hamilton.

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    1. I'm tempted to fly wherever it is to see it again - and again - and again.

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  7. Sorry to hear about your brother. My cousin's daughter was absolutely obsessed with Hamilton, so I ended up getting the soundtrack. Some catchy tunes!

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    1. Thank you, Tony. Lot's of obsession in our hours, my kids can basically recreate the whole show.

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  8. I want to see Hamilton!!!!
    I caught snippets on television...
    Happy New Year, Leslie!

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    1. Oh, I hope, I hope, I hope you get to see it, Michelle. The PBS special they did is awesome.

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  9. I haven't seen it- but everyone I know who has seen it has raved about it. Glad to hear you loved it too. Sounds absolutely amazing!!
    ~Jess

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