Myke and Jason react to the Disney+ film version of “Hamilton: An American Musical.”
Good TV and film productions offer a descriptive audio track. The Disney+ version of “Hamilton” has one, but it doesn’t want to step on the dialogue, so it’s extremely limited. Our Kathy Campbell has created a more descriptive descriptive audio track, so if you want some insight about what’s happening on screen during “Hamilton,” you can play this audio track back while playing the film.
July 12, 2020 • 2 hours, 35 minutes • Kathy Campbell
It’s not a movie, it’s a theatre phenomenon—and now that Myke has seen “Hamilton” in London and Jason has seen it in “San Francisco”, it’s time to talk about it.
(This conversation originally appeared in Upgrade 177 on Relay FM, but features six minutes of additional material.)
Highlights: High school history, hip-hoperas, Alexander-Hamilton-in-training, moving to Chicago, a (not) surprising amount of Rent conversation, gender-swapping, Wayne Brady.
What comes next?
Eliza asks Alexander to come back to bed, but he’s too busy writing a goodbye letter in the event he is killed in his duel with Aaron Burr.
Hamilton refuses to apologize for not endorsing Burr. The two agree to meet for a duel.
It’s time for the election of 1800, in which Thomas Jefferson faces off against Aaron Burr—and Hamilton has to choose who to endorse.
Alexander and Eliza cope with the death of their son. (Get out the tissues.)
Philip Hamilton is grievously wounded and is near death.
Philip Hamilton challenges one of his father’s detractors to a duel, and Alexander gives him advice and support.
In the wake of the Reynolds Pamphlet, Eliza ponders Alexander’s betrayal and burns their letters.
In an attempt to salvage his professional dignity, Hamilton publishes an admission of guilt that will ruin his personal reputation.
Hamilton, his professional and personal life on the precipice, recalls his childhood in the Carribean.
Madison, Jefferson, and Burr confront Hamilton over evidence of a career-ruining event that isn’t quite the one they were expecting to find.
In which John Adams gets confined to one term.
King George returns to discover that George Washington is leaving the scene and John Adams is replacing him.
George Washington refuses to run for a third term as President and asks Hamilton to craft his farewell address.
Jefferson, Madison, and Burr resent Hamilton’s relationship with the president and vow to find a way to disgrace him.
It’s Jefferson versus Hamilton in another cabinet battle, this one over supporting France.
Aaron Burr stops waiting and makes his move.
Hamilton, Madison, and Jefferson plot the future of the United States as Aaron Burr looks on from the outside.
Alexander Hamilton’s alone in New York. Maria Reynolds is there, too. And when they meet, Hamilton’s future begins to unravel.
Philip Hamilton shows off for his dad. Angelica writes Alexander a letter. Eliza beseeches her husband to take a summer vacation.
George Washington convenes a cabinet meeting, which becomes a battle of ideas and egos between Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton.
Act Two begins with the return of Thomas Jefferson to the United States.
With Lin-Manuel Miranda and several other cast members having departed the Broadway run of “Hamilton,” and with us having reached our intermission break, we decided to take an episode to discuss the experience of seeing “Hamilton” with the original cast, live on Broadway at the Richard Rogers Theatre.
Hamilton and Burr cope with life after the war, leading Hamilton to a decision to join the new American government as the show’s first act concludes.
In the aftermath of war, Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton talk to their children.
King George is back, and he is not happy with the results of the war in America.
We watched the Tonys and wanted to talk about it. So here’s a special bonus episode.
Before battle, George Washington speaks to Hamilton.
Lafayette brings aid from France to help defeat the British at Yorktown, and Hamilton is finally given a chance to lead in battle.
Alexander returns home to Eliza, who is pregnant, and asks him not to go back to the war.
The duel is over, but George Washington’s arrival means that Hamilton’s trouble is just beginning.
This episode tries to set the record straight with an analysis of the codes of dueling. We hope this will provide you with the satisfaction you demand.
Things are getting tough in the Revolution, and General Charles Lee becomes a problem.
Aaron Burr takes center stage and narrates his own story, for a little while.
They’re just doing the same song again! Is that cheating, or what?
Angelica rewinds to the first meeting of Alexander and Eliza and shows it from a very different perspective. (And be sure to listen past our own rewind for a discussion of parallels between “Hamilton” and “Jesus Christ Superstar.”)
Eliza meets Alexander, and the sky’s the limit.
1780, a winter’s ball, and Burr and Hamilton are boasting about their reliability with the ladies.
Here comes the General! Hamilton meets George Washington, and a long relationship is formed.
A message from the King! George III makes an appearance to remind the colonies of what they risk if they go it alone.
A loyalist broadside is rigorously refuted by Alexander Hamilton, who would rather be divisive than indecisive.
A drinking song sung by comrades in a revolution, with a tip of the hat to “Les Misérables.”
In contrast to Aaron Burr’s talk-less-smile-more approach, Alexander Hamilton gets overexcited and shoots off at the mouth.
Alexander Hamilton arrives in New York and meets Aaron Burr, Lafayette, Hercules Mulligan, and John Laurens.
It’s taking the culture by storm, the biggest Broadway musical in years—and it’s about… the first U.S. secretary of the treasury, Alexander Hamilton? It seems unlikely, but nothing about the “Hamilton” story is likely. Lin-Manuel Miranda took the biography of a lesser-known early American figure and turned it into a story full of catchy songs and social commentary, including the rapid-fire hip-hop lyrics and the casting of non-white actors in most of the parts. Four of our “Hamilton”-mad panelists discuss the appeal of the show and why it works so incredibly well.
(This we’ve also launched an entire podcast devoted to “Hamilton”, so if you want to hear various panels discuss the show song by song, you may want to subscribe to that, too.)
Piano intro and outro music from Hamilton played by Christopher Breen.