HAMILTON is the biggest Broadway hit ever in NYC. It is a hip-hop version of the life of Alexander Hamilton, first Treasury Secretary of the USA. Hamilton’s face is on the American $10 bill. The play is still performed in NYC and now, other USA cities. HAMILTON will open in London, England in the fall of 2017. The Blue Coats are coming!!!
Take a Shot
I saw the show when it was first on Broadway. I am not so clever to be able sniff out what will become a sold-out hit. The reality is that a family member was coming to NYC and I wanted to take him to the theatre. NYC theatres are smaller and more intimate than most other cities.
A savvy friend told me to get tickets to a new musical and I took her advice. One Wednesday afternoon I walked up to the box office on West 46th Street and said I wanted two tickets to the Saturday evening performance. I got great seats with the original cast. Those $150 seats now sell for much more and a different cast.
The Room and It Happens
If the play HAMILTON comes near to where you live, this Witch suggests seeing it. It is one-of-a-kind theatre as well as educational.
My favorite song from the play is The Room Where It Happens. It could be because I live in New York and found the first NORTH/SOUTH compromise interesting. The South (Washington, D.C.) got the capital city moved from NYC and the North (New York) got to be initially in charge of the Federal banking system.
History and Its Eyes
Alexander and Eliza Hamilton are buried in Trinity Church graveyard in lower Manhattan.
NYC has quite a number of Alexander Hamilton statues. New Yorkers like him! There is one in Central Park, directly behind the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Another is in front of Hamilton Hall at Columbia University where Hamilton went to college. It was called King’s College in his day, but most of that campus was destroyed during the Revolutionary War. There is another in front of St. Luke’s church in Hamilton Heights. There are probably more this Witch has not yet discovered.
I took a subway up to the Hamilton House in Harlem on West 141st Street. It’s part of the National Park system and free. The house is called Hamilton Grange as it was countryside when Hamilton lived there. When you go, make sure you see the informational movie(s). Here’s a picture of Hamilton’s portable desk. The first laptop?
Dine with Me Inside
If you want to experience the ambience of an 18th century restaurant, go to Fraunces Tavern in lower Manhattan. It has been serving meals for over 250 years. Today, the food is not fantastic, but the atmosphere is authentic. George Washington gave a farewell speech to his commanders at this restaurant. And, Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr dined together there a few weeks before they dueled. We know how that ended! There is a museum upstairs.
Recipe That Comes Next
I researched what Alexander Hamilton and his revolutionary compatriots might have enjoyed for dessert in 1776.
English pound cake is on the list. Pound cake was named for the weight of each ingredient (butter, flour, eggs, sugar) back in the day. American modern recipes use less of each ingredient, especially butter.
I know the founding fathers drank rum brought up from the Caribbean, so I added a tiny bit. And, I threw in some raisins as they were available in the 18th Century. Here is my Witch version of pound cake:
Witch Pound Cake </:)
½ lb (2 sticks) unsalted butter softened to room temperature
1 ¼ cups granulated sugar
1 tablespoon rum
1 tablespoon honey
4 extra large eggs
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ cup raisins
Grease and flour 8” loaf pan.
In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light.
Add the rum and honey and mix well.
Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
Sift the flour, salt, baking powder directly into the bowl.
Mix until just combined.
Stir in the raisins.
Pour the batter into the loaf pan. Bake 65-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean or with only crumbs.
Remove the pan from the oven and let it cool on a cake rack for 60-90 minutes. You can remove the loaf and wrap in aluminum foil. Okay to freeze for up to 4 weeks. Thaw for 2 hours before serving.
Slice just before serving.
Hamilton was a Capricorn and a great reader. This Witch is certain he would want to know what his stars predict. Read about your March on Witchscopes.
The Witch </:)
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BTW, if you’ve seen Hamilton or heard the soundtrack, you’ll notice my tweaking of headers in this blog.