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'Hamilton' wows the crowd at Proctors

'Hamilton' wows the crowd at Proctors

Fans leaving Thursday's matinee at Proctors are left "speechless" -- almost
'Hamilton' wows the crowd at Proctors
Fans leave Proctors Thursday after seeing "Hamilton." Left: Karyn and Margot Schassler; right: Morgan Jones and Caitlyn Hoen.
Photographer: indiana nash/gazette reporter

Walking out of Proctors after seeing “Hamilton: An American Musical,” audience members had one of two things to say about the show. 

Either: “It was amazing” or “I’m speechless.”

Karyn Schassler went with the latter reaction. The Chatham mom brought her daughter Margot Schassler to see the Broadway show as a graduation gift. Thursday’s matinee was the first time they’d been able to see it, though they’ve listened to the soundtrack countless times. 

“I thought the choreography was mind-blowing,” Margot said. 

“I just can’t imagine singing and dancing and moving at that level for those three hours,” Karyn added. 

John and Louise Rourke of Saratoga agreed.

“I think what they’re doing is magic,” John said. 

They appreciated the way the musical weaves in history, based on the biography of Hamilton by Ron Chernow, with intense choreography and vocal performances. 

“Lin-Manuel Miranda has to be a genius,” Lousie said. 

Miranda created the Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical and originated the lead role. The show, which debuted on Broadway in 2015, mixes hip-hop and rap, fact and fiction. Its Proctors run, which began on Tuesday, is part of the “Angelica Tour.”

For East Greenbush resident Morgan Jones, seeing the show at Proctors gave her another chance to appreciate the fast-paced production. 

“This time, I was focusing more on the storyline rather than the music,” Jones said.  

Jones had traveled to New York City to see it previously and said that this time around the musical was just as good, if not better.

For many attendees on Thursday, like Jones’ cousin, Caitlyn, it was their first time seeing the show. 

“The actors were so talented. I loved it,” Caitlyn said. 

While some people went into the show excited to finally get the chance to see the show, others weren’t as jazzed about it at first. 

“I was very skeptical, but I loved it,” said Marcia Bentley of Gloversville. 

She and her family members listened to the soundtrack a time or two before going to Proctors and she didn’t think she’d be enthralled with the show. However, through the more tear-jerking moments to the light-hearted laughs, “Hamilton” won her over. 

The show also won over the likes of 9-year-old Bridget Dickson of Oneonta. 

Her mom, MaryKate, brought her to see the show as a birthday gift. They have the soundtrack and Bridget loves listening to “One Last Time” and just about any song involving Hamilton, who is her favorite character. 

Bridget described the show the same way that most did while walking out of the theater: “Amazing.”  

“Hamilton: An American Musical” runs through Aug. 25. For tickets and more info visit proctors.org

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