3 words: overwhelmed, verklempt, ecstatic
We saw Hamilton*, and I’m still floating nearly a week later.
I just keep thinking how lucky we are to be alive right now.
We bought the tickets three seasons ago, and I’ve been flapping with anticipation ever since.
(The flapping last week reached record levels.)
The Dear Man and his dear sister and dear brother-in-law and I went downtown, and we ate lovely food
and then lovely cookies.
And then: the theater.
And I’m tellin’ you: The experience was overwhelming.
I’ve been listening to the soundtrack for well over a year, and it usually provides my internal background music. (So many phrases set it off… and then I’m helpless…)
So I’ve got the music down.
And I knew what the set looks like, because I’ve read Hamilton: The Revolution twice and flipped through it dozens of times.
But the whole visual experience. I was not prepared. It was overwhelming. In the very best way.
I didn’t realize how hard my brain was going to be working to take in the people on the stage and their mannerisms and their movements and their expressions. There was choreography. There were changes to the set. There were interpersonal dynamics happening up there. There was so much to watch!
My eyes were hungry, and they couldn’t eat fast enough to keep up. I felt like Lucy.
I kept wanting to slow it down so I could savor it.
At the same time, I was completely swept along with the pace and the current of the thing. It was filled with so much energy and it was thrilling.
I felt like I’d internalized the words (by reading them but mostly by listening to them so often I’ve memorized them), and now there was another layer being added to an already extraordinarily rich text.
I knew I’d be awed, but I didn’t expect the way my senses would be swamped because I wanted to take in all the details.
I like having my senses swamped, so this is not a problem. But wow. It was seriously something.
The next day and the day after that, I kept telling the Dear Man the ways the experience was still dawning on me.
The thing that wasn’t surprising: my supposedly waterproof mascara proved my tear ducts are stronger than science. My face was kind of a mess afterwards (expected!) because: all that crying. I cried during the sad parts, yes (Hamilton betraying his faithful wife, their son dying tragically young, Hamilton dying way too young), but the part that always gets me while I’m listening (the part about government that only the Dear Man gets to know is my favorite) had me sobbing.
Ugly crying in the theater?
So, a week later… Am I still overwhelmed? Yes.
Am I Satisfied? HECK YES.
*So we’re doing this (1:33)