Song: "You'll Be Back"
Composer and Lyricist: Lin-Manuel Miranda
Musical: Hamilton: An American Musical
Premier: January 20, 2015, New York
I don't really need to explain about Hamilton, do I? The Broadway musical about the founding father, Alexander Hamilton, based on the biography by Ron Chernow? It feels almost as silly as trying to summarize Hamlet a few months back (see here). Crazy comparison? I don't think so. The broad cultural impact of Hamilton far exceeds that of anything to come out of the theater world in 30 years, maybe longer. We're talking Beatles/Star Wars/Harry Potter-level. Will people still be talking about this show in 400 years? Yes.
I first learned about Hamilton from my wife. That alone is an indicator. My drama teacher colleague going on about a Broadway show would not be noteworthy. But my wife? As a rule, she hates musicals. Not only had she heard about it but she was listening to the cast album on near-endless repeat. It was first shared with me on our road trip to Nova Scotia a few years ago (see here), by which time she and our daughter both knew the show by heart.
King George's big number, reprised twice (you get all three songs in the video above - you're welcome), is admittedly out of step with the rest of the show. While most of the music is based on hip-hop, R&B and soul, "You'll Be Back" is based on Lin-Manuel Miranda's other great love: British Invasion rock. Appropriate to the story, right? Is it any wonder that the song I fell hardest for is the one closer to my beloved Beatles? Besides, it's hilarious.
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Enjoy: A Window Above
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