One of the primary reasons Sheena and I went to New York City to celebrate our anniversary was to see the Broadway musical, Hamilton. We had wanted to make this trip as our honeymoon in 2011 but finances and my new job didn't allow. So instead, we moved to Akron. One of the main reasons for wanting to go both years was that Sheena's friend, Chris Jackson, was in shows both years. The Tony Award winning musical, In the Heights, in 2011 and now Hamilton.
Hamilton was playing at the Richard Rogers Theatre.
It's a smaller venue compared to some but perfect for this musical. We had orchestra seats in just about the perfect spot.
The musical was amazing. It used hip-hop and lots an anachronism to shed light on an incredibly fascinating time in US history. Imagine cabinet debates between Jefferson and Hamilton reimagined as rap battles and King George III's letters to the colonies as a missive from a spurned lover. It drew me in and educated me. It made the history incredibly intriguing. I cried at the end. Hamilton's history is incredibly interesting and quite tragic. If you have the opportunity to see Hamilton (which might be a while since it's sold out until sometime in 2016), take it.
Another plus to Sheena being friends with Chris is that we got to go back stage afterward. I'd met Chris once before but was once again impressed and how genuine and humble he is. If you read Neil Gaiman's American Gods, Chris grew up in the Cairo that the book mentions.
Oh and here is Sheena's much more in depth review of Hamilton. I've mentioned that she almost moved to New York City to do Broadway and even now teaches vocal performance, right? So this is a little more her forte.