“Hamilton” and Other Smash Hit Musicals to See During Paramount Theatre 2017-18 Season

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by Anna Hartman – Student Life Editor

In a world of nonstop information and fresh trends that sweep the media like waves, then vanish as quickly they came, there are very few pieces of entertainment that have truly made enough of an impact to be considered a “cultural phenomenon”. Hamilton is one of these rare exceptions.
Hamilton has captured the ears and hearts of many young people in a way that no musical has in the past, prompting many who previously had not been interested in theatre to purchase tickets for the 2017-2018 season in order to guarantee a chance at seeing the iconic musical. Those who purchased tickets without much prior knowledge of the other shows included in the season, however, are in for a wonderful surprise.
The season starts off with a classic, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music. The ever-popular musical was created in 1965, and centers around Maria, a young nun who struggles to find her place taking care of seven children in Nazi-era Austria. The story is heartwarming and timeless, and a fantastic way to begin the season when it starts up in September.
Following this show is Aladdin, the critically-acclaimed musical adaptation of the classic Disney film, which will not fail to entertain audiences young and old with its well-loved story. The Bodyguard, the next show on the roster, is a new musical making its first trip through Seattle. It is based off of the 1992 film featuring Whitney Huston. Elf is a Christmas treat that should bring tons of holiday fun to your standard holiday routine, a musical based off of the modern Christmas classic movie of the same name, starring Will Ferrell as the lovable Buddy the elf, trying to make his way in the real world.
Though not included with the original season package, the hit musical written by the geniuses behind South Park, The Book of Mormon is a must-see. This show, however, about the misadventures of Elder Price and Elder Cunningham on a missionary trip to Uganda, is not for the faint-of-heart. The show is littered with jokes about the political climate of Africa, Mormons, and organized religion in general. If you are not offended by these things, though, this show is a necessity for your season.
Finally, the show that needs no introduction, Hamilton. The story of one of America’s founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton told through rap, hip-hop and R&B music. Making its first sweep through Seattle, Hamilton is an incredible feat of musical genius that is by far the most anticipated show of the season.
Next up in the season is the sequel to one of the most iconic musicals of all time, The Phantom of the Opera. Love Never Dies opened to mixed reviews in New York, and has not been able to rise above mediocrity since. The original Phantom of the Opera, though, is offered as an add-on to the season, similar to The Book of Mormon. For those who need the original tale of Christine Daae and the mysterious phantom, this add on is a perfect choice.
The last show in the standard season, Les Miserables, is the critically acclaimed story of Jean Valjean, an ex-prisoner during the French revolution, and his attempt to escape capture by Javert, and take care of Cosette, the daughter of the prostitute Fantine.
Though Hamilton may be the star of this season, there are so many other fantastic musicals featured, that purchasing season tickets will prove to be more than worth it to those who purchased only thinking of Hamilton. Season ticket holders are in for a wild ride with many Tony-award winning shows that are bound to go down in musical theatre history for years to come.

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