I will be perfectly honest with you. When “Hamilton” first came to Cleveland back in 2018 I did not like it at all and gave it a negative review. My reasoning was two-fold. First of all there was a preceding year of unbearable hype. It seemed that all you heard about was “Hamilton”, “Hamilton” and “Hamilton” and frankly no show is worth that amount of build-up. Secondly, and most importantly was the sound system that was terribly out of whack for the opening performance and it was nearly impossible to follow the story line because you simply could not understand the lyrics. As a result of my review I got mail...lots of mail telling me that I should have acquainted myself with the show before going to see it. Oh well.
Anyhow, that was then and this is now. Last night was the opening for the return of Hamilton to the KeyBank State Theatre at Playhouse Square in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. There was far less hype and the sound system was perfectly balanced between the thirteen piece orchestra conducted by Emmanuel Schvartzman and the various singers.