Okay, so that WAS the "fuck." I kept wracking my brain trying to figure out what they left in. I thought of that one, but isn't it actually just "Fuhhh--" - that still counts? Boo. If I was choosing, I'd have kept, "Southern motherfucking Democratic-Republicans!" I love that line so much.
Eternal thanks to LMM, the cast/crew/orchestra, Disney+, and everyone else who had anything to do with making this and getting it in front of our eyeballs. I agree with everyone who's said that it doesn't replace live theatre, but I'm grateful for every show that gets recorded. Even if the show in question doesn't really connect with me personally, it's still special to capture that moment in time and make it available for people to see it who otherwise wouldn't have a chance to. And for people who have seen it live, to rekindle those memories and/or give them the opportunity to see it with the original cast.
Because - that cast! There's not one weak link in the chain.
I remember that it took me seeing the show to fully appreciate just how great Okieriete Onaodowan is, because as much as loved his Hercule Mulligan on the cast recording, I didn't get how fantastic his performance was until I saw just how much of a cold fish Madison is onstage. He plays hilariously off of the wildly-animated Jefferson, and it's such an amazing contrast to the gritty, dynamic Hercules Mulligan.
Leslie Odom Jr.'s voice is just like silk, and both "Wait for It" and "The Room Where It Happened" are such incredible moments in the show. The bridge of "Wait for It" (starting with "I am the one thing is life I can control") is an instance where I inevitably get choked up even though the lines themselves aren't as explicitly-emotional as other moments in the show. LMM is a composer who can sometimes make me tear up because his melodies are just THAT DAMN BEAUTIFUL, and when you put it together with the lyrics and Leslie's soaring vocals, I'm just dead.
Jasmine Cephas Jones is another one I had to see onstage to fully appreciate. Her Peggy is a delight, and then she's completely different as Maria Reynolds.
Can Christopher Jackson be my president? He brings such presence to the role. I love how, even though Jackson is just a few years older than LMM, you can completely buy Washington as a father figure to Hamilton - he's just out there with ALL the gravity, and then he still brings the gentlemanly rapping with the Gilbert & Sullivan references and everything. "One Last Time" kills me every time. After In the Heights, I hoped he'd become a big star, but it feels like LMM is the only Broadway composer who knows how to treat him right.
Phillipa Soo is the one who invariably wrecks me. It starts with "Burn," with a bigger wobble at that soft delivery of "It's quiet uptown," and then as soon as we get to her part in the finale, I'm gone. Even if I'm just singing "Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story" in the shower, sometimes I can't even sing her part. "Eliza...", and that's it for me.
Jonathan Groff is so great as King George. I love that his costume gets less elaborate each time he comes onstage as he grows more dejected about his "relationship" with the U.S. Everything about this character is perfect.
Everything about Anthony Ramos is so earnest. Even when Philip is being all cocky, he's still got his heart out on his sleeve. He's a great Laurens - I especially love the "Rise Up" lines in "My Shot."
Oh man, Renee Elise Goldsberry. ICONIC. She tears the roof off of "Satisfied" - I'm spellbound from "Number one:" all the way to "At least I keep his eyes in my life." I was blown clean away the first time I heard that song. I was obsessed that the fact that we were presented with a woman who explicitly tells us she's rejecting the guy she wants in order to marry for money, and that decision is given CONTEXT and a sympathetic portrayal. She's another one that needs to be a bigger star like yesterday.
Obviously, LMM. He's of course a better composer/lyricist than he is an actor or a singer, but when he keeps to his wheelhouse - namely, passionate, energetic, and idealistic, so Hamilton all over - he does well. He plays off Jefferson especially well, along with Eliza and Washington. I also love all the moments of him being obnoxiously-extra, like speaking for 6 hours at the Constitutional Convention or sending Burr an itemized list of 30 years of disagreements (the ensemble carrying each page over to Burr separately - ha!!!) "Hurricane" is another one where I always get choked up at a less obvious moment, because everything just comes together so beautifully - it's, "They passed a plate around, total strangers moved to kindness by my story."
Daveed Diggs is an absolute CHARISMA BOMB. I love everything about both Lafayette and Jefferson. "Guns and Ships" just explodes off the stage, and Jefferson steals every goddamn scene he's in. On this viewing (the first of many, no doubt,) the only moment I rewound to watch again was the "I'm in the Cabinet - I am complicit in..." run in "Washington on Your Side," because he's just that great. Also, Jefferson making it rain with the Reynolds Pamphlet gives me life. I don't know if Diggs wants to do more Broadway, TV, movies, music, writing (have you seen Blindspotting? you should,) or whatever, but I want him to be able to do EVERYTHING he wants to do.