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Last week, I wrote my 8th installment in my continuing series that attempts to explain Brexit to myself (and other Americans). Gaele reviewed the third book in the Seashell Cove series, this one with a holiday theme, The Christmas Café at Seashell Cove. She also reviewed Cottage on a Cornish Cliff, about Cornwall, local art, and complicated relationships.
Hamilton, the musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda, has been playing at the Victoria Palace Theatre in London since late last year. So, this isn’t news. But Miranda talked about the differences in British and American audiences of the show on his appearance on Stephen Colbert’s show last week, so I thought I’d gather up some things from the last year about how Hamilton is doing in London.
I wrote about the King George character in a previous #BriFri post. I shared more generally about how Hamilton has inspired my actions the last few years in a post about the companion book: Hamilton: The Revolution.
Here’s a video I missed from Opening Night in the West End. It includes clips of the show and from an interview with Miranda:
I loved this #Ham4Ham video to celebrate the West End opening with a mash-up of UK hits (including the Beatles) and Hamilton songs:
I enjoyed this video when it first went live in the spring, a performance of the first number of Hamilton by the London cast at the 2018 Olivier Awards:
A couple of months ago, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (Prince Harry and Meghan Markle) attended a benefit performance of Hamilton in London with Lin-Manuel Miranda. ABC had some fun coverage:
And, here’s the video where Lin-Manuel Miranda talks about making fun of King George in front of his 6x great-grandson and the British laughter at sex jokes that don’t read as jokes to Americans:
Since this is about as close as I get to a political post, I have a question for those of you who live in the US: what is your plan for getting to the polls on November 6? Studies show that people with a plan are much more likely to vote. My plan is to drive over at 10:00am. I sometimes walk, but the 10-day forecast is showing rain, so I’ll plan to drive and it will be a bonus if I get to walk.