Life Lessons From Hamilton

Author: Mary Grace Donaldson, Entertainment

There are many reasons why Hamilton is the Broadway musical it’s impossible to get tickets for.

Even two years after it’s debut on the Great White Way, the wait for tickets that cost less than your monthly car payment is still to be determined. And the tickets that cost the same as your rent are even few and far-between. Why? Because Lin Manuel-Miranda brings American history to life in a way that only he can through his remarkable performance and original music. Hamilton is bound to touch you and teach you a few things, and not just in the way of history.

 

Don’t forget who you are or where you came from. 

Remembering your humble beginnings will remind you of just how far you’ve come
(even when you’re rich and famous one day).

 

Not every piece of advice you’ll receive is good advice.

Sometimes you just have to take it with a grain of salt — and remember where it’s coming from.

 

Never throw away your shot. 

If it makes you happy and fulfills you, go for it. Always go for it.

 

And in that same vein, don’t give up on what you’re passionate about. 

No matter how ridiculous it may seem.

 

…but, don’t expect everyone to understand. 

Because to everyone else, it’s possible that it seems ridiculous. And they’re allowed to their opinion.

 

Love and hate are opposite sides of the same coin. 

(This doesn’t really require explanation, does it?)

 

Sometimes, we can all use a good reality check. 

Even when it’s not something we necessarily want to hear.

 

Even when you don’t realize it, someone’s always watching what you do. 

Whether it’s in real life or on social media, whether it’s your family or some little
kid who you don’t even know exists — people are watching. So, make it good.

 

And you have no control over…

… who lives, who dies, who tells your story.

The Right Hand Man Went to the Theatre

Author: Mary Grace Donaldson, Current Events/Politics

By now I’m sure you’ve heard all about VP-elect Mike Pence’s appearance in the audience of Hamilton – yes, the Broadway show you and I can’t get tickets for.

Pence was walking out of the theatre prior to the curtain call when the cast took the opportunity to share their collective sentiment toward Pence’s (and Donald Trump’s) policies, with the following statement from lead actor Brandon Victor Dixon, according to CNN:

“Vice President-elect Pence, we welcome you and we truly thank you for joining us here at ‘Hamilton: An American Musical.’ We really do,” Dixon said. “We, sir, we are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights, sir. But we truly hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and work on behalf of all of us. All of us.”

Here’s what happened before and after:

  • Upon Pence’s arrival at the theatre, the majority of the audience greeted him with boos.
  • Trump (true to form…) took to Twitter and demanded an apology from the cast of Hamilton for its collective “harassment” of the VP-elect.

Regardless of your political affiliation, I see a few problems with the entirety of the situation.

  • Even Pence deserves a break from politics. He is, just like you and I, allowed to attend a performance of a musical without having to hear about work.
  • That said, he is the VP-elect and is constantly in the public eye and under perpetual scrutiny. He took the job, and to say that he should expect to discuss his policies (or even Trump’s policies and campaign promises) wherever he goes is an understatement.
  • As the head of Trump’s transition team, Pence could have picked a different time to see Hamilton other than right in the middle of the transition. He doesn’t have to wait to see Hamilton like we all do; he could wait until after January 20.
  • If the above transcript is correct, Dixon and the cast were perfectly respectful in their address to Pence, even urging the audience to not “boo” him. For Trump to claim harassment on the part of the cast is absurd.
  • And finally, a note to the audience: to echo the words of our soon to be former POTUS – while “Don’t boo, vote” doesn’t apply anymore, “Don’t boo, work toward change” does.

 

Disclaimer: The political views expressed in this article do not necessarily express the views of Not Another Millennial Blog.