30 thoughts on “Let’s Talk About Hamilton!

  1. My stepson (14, a huge fan) pointed out instantly that King George doesn’t blink. He probably lets his mouth water from not swallowing. And yes, his performance is great on the soundtrack- but magnificent in the show. No blinking.

    He and I agree that songs that weren’t our favorites on the soundtrack are now so so much better with the context, choreography, and all added.

    I think I am on watch #6, would be more but I am working two full time jobs at the moment and can barely think straight.

    1. Goddess I LOVE his (King George) tiny performance. No eye blinking, spitting insane (which is actually a stage singing technique), and his isolated shoulder movements. Not many can pull off such a subtly performance. And I loved the costume subtle changes over time. Jefferson is sort of a 70’s pimp.

      Oh the songs! The whole thing makes me feel young, scrappy, and hungry!

      1. The live performance I saw was excellent, but the King George was in no way as memorable as the original — & I think the closeups really help. On TV, you can see the subtle performance which you might not catch up in the nosebleed seats.

      2. I have been wondering about the measurements of the bodices compared to what the ladie’s real measurements are, because with that kind of singing they have to be able to really breathe. The bodices look boxy to me, I think there is some costuming technique that I’d love to know about, just out of curiosity.

  2. I’ve seen it in person, tough not yet on Disney+. I look forward to the closeups.

    1. Eliza’s & Angelica’s black pelisse coats are GORGEOUS. So much detail & trim that I can’t imagine you’d see past the first few rows in the theater, but on TV you can really appreciate. Plus, historically accurate :)

  3. Just a note that King George (at least in the image you have) is played by Jonathan Groff.

  4. The only costume I truly disliked in the musical was the female chorus costume in the second act, where it looked likely they were just wearing corsets and tights. Total undress. The black boots in act one made it look like they were wearing breeches, but nude character shoes in act two brought it down to just being undergarments.

    1. My whole family is all over the King George performance. So fun. I was glad to see the costumes change over time. Did anyone else see Bernadette Banner’s video on this? I think Abby Cox also has one but I haven’t seen it yet.

      One minor typo.. isn’t it James Madison? I swear they only had like 10 male first names in that era..

      1. Bernadette Banner is awesome! I just discovered her Youtube videos the other day. I actually recommended Frock Flicks to her.

    2. Sorry, not sure how my comment ended up under yours… probably my error typing on my phone.

  5. LOVED the costumes. Lin-Manuel is a writing genius, but I was blessed to see Hamilton in London and Jamael Westman was a MUCH better Hamilton in action.

  6. I thought it was quite well done, and way more impressive than just listening to the soundtrack. (It was supposed to tour through here this summer. Wah.) The costumes really are gorgeous, too. But by far my favorite performance was… King George. He had me in stitches almost the entire time. He is just… fabulous.

  7. I’ve hung around here too much… my first thought was “Oh no, back lacing!” ;)

  8. I love changes through time in costumes and also how many different suits boys have. Male fashion is so underrated!

  9. My family signed up for Disney+ to see Hamilton with the original Broadway cast. We loved it. Like some of you, I’d already seen the touring version, but I really appreciated seeing the show up close and personal in via this format. The costumes were so much more intricate than what I remembered from seeing it live. Also, the pure joy of being part of this moment really shone through in the film version. Bravo! Bravo! Bravo!

  10. I stayed home alone over 4th of July weekend to watch Hamilton ALONE so I could enjoy every minute. I was not disappointed! Hamilton was coming to 2 towns within a day’s travel next spring and I planned to do whatever it took to see it live. Will still do that (nothing beats live theater) but —seeing this production up close was a memorable experience and well worth subscribing to Disney+
    The costumes were fantastic – even better, they were interesting and felt historically accurate enough to satisfy me. I’m never Saaatisfied. It made be cry so many times I had a pile of tissues to throw away after it was over. Thank you for reviewing this wonderful piece of art for us!

  11. The costumes are pretty interesting.I didn’t catch on the backlacing,it wasn’t very clear.It is lovely how they used actual overgowns instead of sewing it all the way in as just a pattern.
    Weird how theatre takes more effort with period costumes than movies,despite the fact that we can’t possibly look at theatre costumes in the same detail screencapping them like movie costumes.My favourite part was the fact that they used solid taffeta skirts and made them swirl?twirl beautifully instead of using tulle skirts like some other productions.

  12. Back when I first saw the costumes, I knew it would be good just from the shape of the corsets on the leads. Not Victorian!

  13. I’d seen it in Boston and of course, lots of still photos and YouTube videos but hadn’t realized how correct the women’s costumes were for the passage of time. And those black coats were incredible. Angelica (Renee Elise Goldsberry) looked amazing in It’s Quiet Uptown. The attention to detail at every level is incredible in this show.

  14. I have to say…… Phillipa Soo breaks your heart and Jonathan Groff was simply divine (as always). However, I literally started to cry during the curtain call when you can tell that they all know that they FUCKING CRUSHED IT – the phemonomal Renee Elise Goldsberry was trying to discretely dab away tears, turning to this side, then the other/ Sublime.

  15. Saw it in Chicago last November. Worth the cost and the poor seat (last minute purchase!). I don’t have Disney +, so I won’t be able to watch it. I don’t know if I can really afford it right now. Though I’m seriously tempted.

  16. I enjoyed the costumes, good details of accuracy while also practical for the actors.
    I tend to be pretty good at suspending my costume disbelief. What I noticed is that the men’s breeches were baggy, including the men in the chorus. But then the women in the chorus had leggings, which fit in the legs more like 18thC breeches. Why not put everyone in the leggings instead of the baggy breeches?

  17. Loved the “rock star” coat that Thomas Jefferson wears. His look is a nod to Prince and Jimi Hendrix. Also note that Hamilton gets a green jacket, the color of money.

  18. Came to Google because I knew that someone had to notice the beauty in Eliza’s cost! I have stop counting how many times I watched it. I also cry every time when George Washington sings One Last Time. Such a powerful song! I love Eliza’s high waisted dress.

  19. Production was spectacular as well the performance. But the what blew me away was in the end it was about his wife. I sobbed that the quiet power of a woman was acknowledged. He started the paragraph and she finished. History rarely tells us the entire story.

  20. I watched it finally this week and then I watched it again and again and now I’m searching and reading articles about it like I’m running out of time!
    I love your article and agree with you on all of this…Im a community theatre costumer and it’s a lot of fun to hide little details in costumes the audience may not see. For instance, when working on “Shrek”, I found some awesome green satin brocade with a small pattern to make Fiona’s dress from. The pattern had little dragons on it…she was in the tower under guard from the dragon. Only the cast knew it, but was a fun little “secret”.

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