It’s been about a year since the big Hamilton hype settled down, and I’ve noticed something: many Hamilton fans don’t venture out into other musicals. If you feel like this is you, don’t fear! In today’s post, I have four musicals you need to listen to if you’re tired of Hamilton and want something new.
1. NATASHA, PIERRE, AND THE GREAT COMET OF 1812
If you know me in real life, you’ll discover quickly that Great Comet is one of my favorite musicals. My phone case is even Great Comet related! The musical is based on War and Peace. It follows a young woman named Natasha. She is betrothed to Andrey who recently left to go to war. Natasha and her cousin Sonya stay with her godmother in Moscow to wait until Andrey returns. While there, she meets Anatole at an Opera and quickly falls for him. Without spoiling too much, that is the basic plot! It’s such a beautifully done musical, and it is one of my big musical obsessions.
2. SPRING AWAKENING
Spring Awakening is a much darker show than Hamilton needless to say. The story mainly follows a group of teenagers in 19th century Germany. Again, without spoiling anything, the show pretty much discussions teen angst and sexuality and the dangers of no communication between adults and teenagers when it comes to sex. I’d also like to add a Trigger Warning for rape and sexual abuse with this show.
3. SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS, THE BROADWAY MUSICAL
Okay, hear me out on this one. Spongebob SquarePants TheMusical opened on Broadway just recently. The show follows Spongebob and the pals as they learn a massive volcano will erupt nearby and destroy bikini bottom. Anndd that’s all I’ll say :). Before you diss it, please listen to it! The sets and cast album are quite great, and I have a feeling it’ll do really well at the Tony’s this year.
4. KINKY BOOTS
Like Great Comet, this is one of my favorite shows ever. I’ve seen it three times (so far), and I could see it another twenty times without getting sick of it! The story follows Charlie Price after he inherits a shoe factory from his father. Although, the factory is on the verge of bankruptcy. With the help of a drag queen named Lola, the two set out to save the factory by making boots. The music was written by Cyndi Lauper (writer of Girls Just Want To Have Fun aka every middle school girl’s bop).
Liv is a 16 year old book blogger who resides in Pennsylvania, U.S.A. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, petting cats, and listening to musicals.