The long-awaited and long-awaited Hamilton the stage production finally landed at the Pioneer Center for two glorious weeks of star-studded performances distributed by North American Tours. Depending on the night you attended Hamilton, one of the three actors took the stage, nicknamed Philip Cast, Angelica Cast and Peggy Cast, each with their own selection of burgeoning talent.
For those who are unfamiliar, which is unlikely to anyone, Hamilton features Alexander Hamilton as the protagonist, telling an essentially factual (but with creative license) interpretation of America’s birth, based on the acclaimed biography of Ron Chernow. Hamilton’s entire life, from his teenage years to his epic showdown with Aaron Burr, is condensed into just a few hours, recounting his impact on America’s founding as well as his steamy love affair with two sisters.
With music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, staging by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, the toured version of the musical remains true to the original, offering a talented and diverse cast. The cast is also one that does not represent America from the 1700s, but rather a more modern diversity.
With a small theater hosting such a grand spectacle, it’s hard to find a bad seat. Everything is pretty close to the stage, although some views are partially corrupted inside the theater. On the ground floor, for a higher price, a clear view offers the best seats in the house.
Most patrons arrived early, adhering to the theater’s suggestion to meet at least an hour before the curtain-call in part to take seats and drinks at the concession stand and also to check in. This registration process includes flashing your COVID-19 vaccination card proof or proof of a negative test – current requirements to attend a show at the Pioneer Center (although this is still subject to change). Masks were also required for all customers.
On the night of my visit, Peggy’s cast was ready to take the helm. The groundbreaking piece has long garnered much praise for its POC (people of color) cast and nothing has changed with this new tour. With scores of hip-hop, jazz and R&B, Broadway felt transformed. Eyes pierced and ears clinging to the words, spoken quickly and rhythmically, seeing Hamilton was enchanting to say the least.
The boastful pipes of Marja Harmon who played Angelica Schuyler (Alexander Hamilton’s forbidden love interest) and the perfectly punctuated syllables shared between Julius Thomas III (Alexander Hamilton) and Donald Webber, Jr. (Aaron Burr) as they s ‘attacked being both friend and foe, were bold testimonies to the original cast, never missing and certainly never missing a beat. Even those who found Broadway success thanks to their Disney + subscription would be wowed by the stage production that captivated Reno audiences until the beginning of November, made even more magical by the throng of dancers and singers from across the country. ‘together which completed the casting.
Concluded on November 14, the show ended and continued on its way, picking up in Boise on December 8 before landing in Salt Lake City, Portland and Tucson. And as Reno recovers from two impressive golden weeks on Broadway, there is much to look forward to as the Broadway series continues at the Pioneer Theater with Fiddler on the Roof taking center stage in January and a few themed performances. vacations filling in the interstices.
Nora Heston Tarte is a longtime Reno resident who lives in the south of the city. In addition to food, his hobbies include wine, hiking, yoga, and travel. She is also the editor of a regional lifestyle publication and works freelance for other publications mostly in the travel industry. She graduated from California State University at Sacramento with a BA in English and is currently pursuing her Masters in Professional Journalism. You can follow his travel adventures and local exploits on his Instagram account @wanderlust_n_wine.