I became a theater season ticket holder a little over a year ago. And although I do love the theater, I have never been the kind of person who would buy season tickets. It seemed too much like something fancy folks do. But, when I got a message on my FB wall that if I became a SHN Member, I would have seats for
FAST FORWARD through a lot of months, and my husband and I went to see
And it was
I actually had to tell myself to start breathing because I was holding my breath from the sheer excitement of it all. I am nearly ALWAYS listening to the
But in a larger sense, the power of
He kept writing. He wrote his way out. Much like Alexander Hamilton who managed to write an essay that so impressed those around him that they sent him to America to study, he used his unique vision and voice to create something real and powerful. He told a story about being relentless with a dream, and even rising up out of the dust of mistakes, and pushing forward.
Just listening to the cast album gives you a glimpse into how brilliant Lin-Manuel is, but seeing his work on stage, is stunning. He created something so powerful that everyone in the room, no matter their background, are transfixed. The room was absolutely silent during the quiet scenes and errupted into thunderous applause at each song's end.
We open our arms and embrace what is before us; we cling to the good, and try to leave the bad behind. We move three steps ahead, and then stall out, frozen in self-doubt or fear, and maybe someone comes along to give us a nudge and keep us going, or maybe, somehow we dig deep and find a way to rise and keep going. Just fifty years ago, the idea of the Husband and I attending a show together would be outrageous and the idea of the cast of