The Bushnell, Hartford: With little hope of even getting in to see the show on Broadway because of sky high ticket prices and sold-out performances, along comes The Bushnell in Hartford with a professional touring company and suddenly Connecticut has an epidemic of “Hamilton” fever. What’s more there’s no cure for it. Once you see it, you want to see it again and again or at least listen to the score over and over again. For those who have not seen the show, you may wonder if “Hamilton” is really that good? The answer is a resounding “yes.” It is better than anything else out there. It is better than “The Phantom of the Opera” during its heyday, and (hold your breath) it is even better than “Les Miserables.” At least that’s how I see it.
“But,” you may ask, “why”? Inspired by Ron Chernow’s book “Alexander Hamilton,” the musical is the perfect balance of song, dance, story, and history, but not just any songs, dance or story — they’re great songs with one better than the next. The lyrics are punctuated perfectly in rapid fire rap. If the songs and lyrics are empowered poetry, first about the brilliant immigrant Hamilton and later about him as the unfaithful husband and tragic father, then the dance is emoted movement.