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Five-star theater review: ‘Hamilton’ opens in Chicago

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Kris Vire

As the Broadway production rolls on in the wake of its 11 Tony Award wins last June, the second company of Hamilton opened at Chicago’s PrivateBank Theatre Wednesday night. “Nobody’s throwing away their shot in this top-shelf Chicago staging of the most talked-about new musical in years,” I wrote following last night’s opening.

“Let’s not mince words, since we’ve already spilled so many of them: Hamilton, writer-composer-lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda’s biography of Alexander Hamilton as refracted through a hip-hop, pop and R&B lens, is a sprawling, stunning, singular achievement. By filtering the story of the American Experiment’s beginning into modern, meticulously rhymed vernacular and populating the stage with performers of color to play the likes of Hamilton, Washington, Jefferson and Madison, Miranda and his regular collaborators (director Thomas Kail, music supervisor Alex Lacamoire and choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler) make the founding fathers feel fresh and, miraculously, human.” Read the full five-star review here.

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