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re: Hamilton this afternoon: Miguel Cervantes, brilliant.
Last Edit: Delvino 07:33 am EDT 10/08/21
Posted by: Delvino 07:31 am EDT 10/08/21
In reply to: re: Hamilton this afternoon: Miguel Cervantes, brilliant. - Kjisgroovy 09:43 am EDT 10/07/21

Miranda's performance of the title role -- recorded for the ages -- is a unique synergy that captures the intended style in the show's creative DNA. I take nothing away from his disciplined work. His thrilling rapping, in particular, is probably the standard for the show. But Cervantes illustrates how rich and complex the part is, freely interpreted, removed from Lin's voice. Cervantes gets inside Alexander's arrogant insouciance, a young man (more) aware of his charisma and prowess. Traits Lin explored, to be fair. But starting bolder, less boyishly vulnerable, Cervantes brings more recognizable shape to the arc of the show, growing, evolving, aging scene by scene. By the middle of the second act, the youthful glee is stripped away and a tortured man makes a series of fatal mistakes. To me, it's just a fuller reading of the character's response to complex obstacles in his path, his inability to correct flaws, and resulting tragic outcome.
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