‘Hamilton’ mixtape features modern singers
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Sold out Broadway performances, an incredible top selling album, a book and a PBS behind the scenes documentary. What is next for the high-powered Broadway show Hamilton? A mix-tape. Hamilton: An American Musical has boasted sold out shows in New York and Chicago for at least two years, and with the recent release of their behind the scenes documentary people have been wanting more.
On Dec. 2 the highly anticipated Hamilton Mix-Tape was released. The mixtape featured all of the songs, and a few new songs never released before. The songs on the mix-tape were remixed with completely different artists covering tracks and giving them a more R&B vibe. A powerful ballad called “Wait for it” sung by Leslie Odom Jr. on the original soundtrack was vamped up to give antagonist Aaron Burr a cool, sultry vibe by the rapper Usher.
The show’s creator Lin-Manuel Miranda said in an article about the song, “I may never write a song that good again,” He added. “That’s the one I was pickiest about, because those arpeggios and the dance hall rhythm make the song what it is.”
The problem with redoing songs from such a popular Broadway show is there are always going to be people who prefer the original to the new version. Many people have complained that they prefer the original because the story is more intact and because they are not a fan of the R&B sound.
Sophomore Mya Lysne said she prefers the original recording because, “The Mixtape doesn’t really tell Hamilton’s story like the original Broadway album does.”
With the added vocals from talented artists like Jimmy Fallon, Sia and Alicia Keys the songs have an added burst to them that makes people excited to hear more, and excited to see what’s next for Hamilton.
Junior Amelia Torgerson said, “Maybe an ‘on-ice’ show? Like how they have Disney-on-ice. Also, definitely just expanding the locations of where they perform and eventually, recorded performances.” Expanding performance locations is something that’s definitely on the horizon for the show.
After adding a location for the production they now ran in two cities, New York City, and Chicago, but soon the production will begin to run in another location that’s a little closer to home. After a recent announcement from Miranda it became clear that Hamilton will begin the early stages of production for their nationwide tour in 2018-2019, including a stop in Minneapolis.
The mix-tape is something that Miranda and all of the other contributors have been working on for a very long time, and it shows. While some claim that they will never love anything as much as the original, the mix-tape is something that will hold listeners with its contemporary beats and raw, powerful lyrics.