Hamilton The Musical

Hamilton the Musical

Ever since Hamilton the Musical hit New York’s Public Theater, it has become a huge hit. A sold-out off-Broadway run certainly indicates good times for this hip-hop influenced musical about Alexander Hamilton.

Already popular…
Lin-Manuel Miranda who plays Hamilton has also written and composed this show, and he has based his work on the biography of the founding father by Ron Chernow. For a musical to have generated this amount of buzz within the industry and public is no mean feat. The workshops put on by this show had attendees from the whole industry and everyone couldn’t stop gushing as they walked out.

Oh Hamilton!!!
Hamilton depicts the lead writer of the Federalist Papers as the archetypal New Yorker, who is a brainy, yet brash immigrant who came to the city as an orphan from West Indies, yet became the first Secretary of the Treasury. He had his fair share of scandals, possibly one of the first of its kind associated with politics – he was blackmailed by his mistress’s husband. At 49, He fought a duel with U.S. vice president and former New York gubernatorial contender Aaron Burr and was mortally wounded.

The “score” scores…
The score includes several musical theater traditions along with rap – Notorious B.I.G., Rodgers, Hammerstein, Gilbert, and Sullivan. The rhymes are purposely lightning-quick, so Miranda can cover the major events of Hamilton’s life in two and a half hours. His longtime collaborator Tommy Kail, takes up the reigns of director, while choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler sets the chaotic founding of the country to dance.

Must-watch
Historical biographies are perceived to be a tad dull and drab, but Hamilton completely destroys the thought as it is thrilling to watch the drama unfold on stage. Broadway actor and composer Jeff Blumenkrantz is extremely impressed with the way the musical is presented to the audience. Miranda is also responsible for “In the Heights,” a show about the Dominican-American community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood. Like Hamilton, its score shows strong influences of hip-hop. It was off-Broadway and transferred in a year. In its run, it won four Tony awards and was nominated for a Pulitzer.

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Dirk Arthur’s Wild Illusions Now showing at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas

Illusion or Reality – Can you tell the Difference?

Illusionists have a very difficult job – not only is it nerve-wracking to perform in front of hundreds, but they also need to convince the audience regarding the authenticity of illusions, or else they will be booed off the stage. Magician Dirk Arthur is a renowned illusionist who has been in showbiz for over 2 decades. He has appeared on national television and starred in his own widely acclaimed primetime special “Big Cat Magic” on Animal Planet.

Why is Wild Illusions special?
His show, known as Wild Illusions, at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas, consists of some intriguing and unusual cast members – it features grand cats like white, orange and snow-white tigers and African and snow leopards. It also includes a bobcat along with a few birds. Dirk has worked with rabbits, doves, large birds such as emus and ostriches, and exotic cats for a long time, which have helped him to sharpen his skills in this area. People enjoy this show even more as it involves a certain degree of audience participation along with a combination of dance and comic elements.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it’s a freaking helicopter!

He holds the honor of the infamous “Helicopter Illusion” – Dirk is the first magician to make a helicopter appear out of nowhere. He admits it was (and is) his most challenging trick because conjuring a real, 26-foot-long helicopter out of thin air, on the edge of the stage right next to the audience, is no ordinary feat. It is extremely tough to pull this off as the illusion relies heavily on timing, and a split-second delay can totally spoil the act.

Sharing and caring comes naturally to him…
Dirk is not just an accomplished performer but an avid lover of wildlife. An educational video is screened before every show that covers the subject of preserving wildlife and provides information about endangered species. His goal is to integrate this idea into young minds by working with school kids. All the revenue from merchandise sales at his shows are donated to various animal care and conservation programs, and also used to fund educational programs in schools to create awareness about endangered animals.

To put it in a nutshell, his performance comprises his trademark illusions like escape tricks, levitation of a vehicle, making animals disappear with the aid of sparks and lightening, etc. It is a family-friendly show, so please attend with your kids as they will enjoy it immensely.

Learn more: Dirk Arthur’s Wild Illusions