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OK, I must be an "old fogey", because I didn't like "Hamilton"

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by DaiLun, Jul 9, 2020.

  1. DaiLun

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    I got this far in the description "The English Patient is a 1996 American epic romantic war drama film . . . . . " to know that I hadn't watched it and no, I'm not interested . . . . . :(
     
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    LOL, I intended that as a sly Seinfeld reference. :)
     
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    You're not alone. I've seen bits and pieces of Hamilton. Enough to know if I saw the soundtrack in the "free" box at a garage sale I'd pass. But to each their own.

    I was forced to suffer through Mama Mia ! in Vegas when a good customer invited my team so I had to go. Sheer torture. Thankfully they sold liquor at halftime.
     
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    I agree wholeheartedly with your "Mamma Mia" comment. IMHO, NO ONE should sing ABBA songs except ABBA!!!!!!! :mad:
     
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    We loved Mamma Mia - even though the theater at MBay was SO COLD I had to share my wrap with my husband ;-) The story was totally "meh" but my husband and I both happen to love ABBA music - and we hardly agree on music at all! - so we had to see it ;-)

    Not to get even further off-track, but last night we watched the Dick van Dyke show episodes that CBS (?) aired last Friday in memoriam for Carl Reiner - I think I'd only seen bits and pieces of that show in the past- but I really enjoyed it! Now, I grew up watching "old" sitcoms on channels like WGN and Nick at Night (solidly GenX here - I'd come home from elementary school as a latch-key child and watch Gilligan's Island while doing my homework, starting dinner, and waiting for my parents to get home ;-) But DvD was not a show that was available (or that interested me then - not sure which).....I only knew him from Mary Poppins (which of course I'd seen on a Sunday night as part of the Wide World of Disney.....)
     
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    Last musical I liked was The Blues Brothers
     
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    I have a few different reactions to Hamilton.

    It's a great example of human tendency to follow the herd. It became a phenomenon, as do so many things in our lives. People wanted to tell the world that they saw it and it was the best thing ever.

    I love musical theater.

    I saw it in San Francisco a few months before its extended run was forced to close due to Covid. I scored an incredible 5th row orchestra seat. I thought it was excellent. But not the life-altering experience it was hyped to be. I'm not a big fan of hip-hop. One of my criteria for musicals is whether I want to get the cast album and sing along in my car; it lacks that for me. I believe the touring company in SF is one of the two major companies, and the one that was with LM Miranda when he took the show to Puerto Rico; so, I'm confident it was a good production.

    I liked the filmed version better. More precisely, I enjoyed the story, the individual performances, the singing, more on TV. I enjoyed the choreography more in the theater.

    In my early adulthood.. I started hearing my aging parents make a frequent joke with friends... "look at me. I cant hear as well if I don't see your lips." I've now reached that age. I recognize that it was easier to understand every spoken and sung word based on the view from a camera, often close-up, without a desire to take in all that was happening on the stage. The filmed version makes for easier focus.

    Not every show is for everyone. I liked Hamilton - alot. But it wouldn't be at the top of my list of favorites.
     
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    If you don't like Hamilton, there is (or was before the pandemic) an off-broadway Spamilton, kind of like Spamalot was to Camelot.
     
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    It was a musical? I know they recorded some songs from SNL Great film.
     
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    I'm about 30 mins into watching Hamilton as I speak. The picture and sound quality of the video are very good, since I'm watching it on Disney+ via a 65" 4K Ultra TV with a dolby 5.1 sound system. Although, I'm finding it a bit boring, so I dunno if I'll make it though until the end. LOL

    I think Hamilton would be a lot more entertaining and less boring, if I were seeing it live on stage which I haven't (yet). This recorded version is okay, but whenever I see a live stage version of any major theater production (and I've seen a lot over the years), it's usually 100 times better, than a recorded version. Perhaps when/if this pandemic ever goes away, I'll get a chance to see the live version for comparison.
     
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    I am an hour in and it is just okay, but I suspect that it is at least partially that way because I am watching it at home as opposed to a live performance. I stopped an hour in because "Yellowstone" was far enough into the episode being recorded that I could skip all of the commercials.

    I will finish it but I am not sure what my level of excitement about it will be when I get there. I will, like many, try to see the show.

    Thanks to all who mentioned using closed captioning...that makes it much better...
     
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    OK, JMHO here since I started the tread.

    If I had been seeing "Hamilton" live on stage, I would've been PISSED OFF for spending that kind of money to watch a RAP concert about subject matter that I didn't care about.

    However, since I had done my homework, and

    1)knew that it was primarily RAP
    2)Knew that it was about the life of Alexander Hamilton, who I have little interest in, I would never had gone unless it was at the behest of an FGF ;)

    FGFs can get me to do many things that I wouldn't ordinarily do . . . . :)

    I appreciate the talent that it takes to write and perform RAP, but that doesn't mean that I have to LIKE it, nor pay hard earned money to watch it . . . .
     
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    I did quite well reselling Hamilton tickets during their Southern California tour to help finance some other concerts and sporting events that were on my list. My parents, who are big Broadway fans saw it first, and were kind of meh about it, so I could definitely wait especially for the resale prices the tix were going for. I mainly enjoy shows for the live songs and solo vocalists and heard enough from the Hamilton soundtrack that I might get bored. I'll probably see it some time just to check it off the list (like Book of Morman which I didn't enjoy), but maybe if I can get half priced TKTS in NYC (or Vegas?!)
     
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    Half price? Not in this century.....[we ended up going to see the stage show in Chicago because we got better seats for less money - if I wasn't seeing the original cast, it didn't really matter to me - an also we had fun exploring Chicago which we hadn't done in ages whereas we try to get to New York every couple of years.....]
     
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    My wife and 3 daughters love Hamilton. My wife and my oldest two saw it on broadway with the original cast.I have been made to listen to the soundtrack way more times then I like.

    With that said, I know too much of American history to enjoy the show. I have a difficult time separating genuine American history and this celebrated mockery of it.
     
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    Well, if you thought that way about "My Fair Lady", then you wouldn't want to watch any of the musicals that would be considered "misogynistic" in today's times, like:

    Carousel, where spousal abuse (hitting a woman) was OK, if it "felt like a kiss".
    The King and I, still forbidden in Thailand, where women are portrayed as little more than property and sperm receptacles
     
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    I've never seen Hamilton but the tribute they did for A Chorus Line shouldn't be missed.

     
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    Yeah, you can deconstruct just about anything. But then you're limited to only watching stuff produced after 2016.
     
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    Love the Les Miz 10th and 25th shows. Lea Salonga rocks!

    I cry every time I see her sing On My Own



    my big miss was @20 years ago, my nephew(same age) and went to NYC for fun. Mama Mia was just starting. We saw a billboard in Times Square, looked at each other and thought who would ever go to an ABBA show ???? Oh well
     
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