Dee and I had the opportunity to see this musical recently. It's a wonderful, disorienting, exciting view of America's past. Delivered via rap.
The premise is a mostly accurate telling of the messy birth of the American Republic, and its (still) unfinished promise of equality under law and free expression. The cast is an aggressively diverse group of wonderful performers, burning off thousands of calories in hyperactivity.
Hamilton is a young man in a hurry, with much to be accomplished. Burr is a young man with few fixed beliefs, but a hunger for power, while Lafayette, Washington and others fight a rebellion and try to forge a new country. The Schuyler sisters drive much of the action. Eliza, Hamilton's wife, seeks to manage a family as her husband moves in many directions. Her sister, Angelica, seeks a "balance" with Alexander and Eliza.
Daveed Diggs is wonderful as Lafayette/Jefferson. He raps, dances, slides down banisters, and seeks power. He stands out as an actor / singer / dancer likely to be seen again and again.
I'd suggest anyone interested in seeing the musical acquire the sound track. WNYC had it on offer for a modest gift, and it's widely available. Understanding the music and flow of characters is extremely helpful. The music and rap moves very fast, and the visuals are wonderful.
There are lots of clever comments on current events.
"Women, urge your husbands to vote for Burr."
"Why aren't the people who fought in the all-black units included in that "all men are created equal stuff""
"You are seeking votes from the people? That sets an awful precedent"