At this point, you would be hard pressed to find someone who hasn’t heard of/listened to Hamilton. The fact that that is true makes my heart so happy. However, there are so many musicals that have gone under the radar because of Hamilton. For that reason, I’m going to be recommending some musicals that you should listened to if you enjoyed Hamilton.
1. Spring Awakening
(Synposis Taken From Stage Agent)
“Based on Frank Wedekind’s groundbreaking and controversial play (once banned in Germany), Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik’s brilliant rock score and searingly emotional book take the story of sexual awakening, youth revolt, and self-discovery into a new century. It’s 1891, and grown-ups hold all the cards. Headstrong Melchior and naive Wendla stumble into each others’ arms, passionate and curious, while anxious Moritz struggles to live up to the stringent expectations of society. With only each other for guidance, this group of young men and women travel the fraught and rocky path of adolescence, discovering their bodies, their minds, and themselves along the way. An electric, vibrant celebration of youth and rebellion, Spring Awakening fuses issues of morality, sexuality, and rock and roll into a story that packs a powerful emotional punch.”
Why Hamilton Fans Might Like Spring Awakening
Spring Awakening is a ‘rock musical’. Many of the songs are very upbeat despite having very depressing messages intertwined within them. The musical is overall very sad and will leave you crying. This was one of the first musicals I listened to that got me hooked on theatre.
(Synopsis Taken From Stage Agent)
Based on the cult classic film of the same name, Heathers is the story of Veronica Sawyer, a senior at the fictional Westerberg High. Veronica longs to be cool like the clique of it-girls that runs Westerberg: the unaffected, unattainable Heathers. Unfortunately, in addition to awesome levels of popularity, the Heathers are also cruel, choosing to mock and bully their kingdom into submission. When Veronica uses her skills as a forger to get the Heathers out of detention, she impresses their leader Heather Chandler— so much so that they agree to let her into their exclusive club. At first Veronica is thrilled—until she finds out that being one of the Heathers means bullying the same kids she used to call friends. Meanwhile, Veronica finds herself attracted to a mysterious newcomer at school named Jason Dean (JD). When an innocent drink mixup results in the accidental poisoning of Heather Chandler, JD convinces Veronica to stage Heather’s suicide. The results are so successful that Veronica and JD, exhilarated with their newfound power, resolve to rid Westerberg of the cruelly popular elite forever. With raw, edgy, and culturally relevant numbers like “Beautiful,” “Candy Store,” and “Yo Girl,” Heathers is fast becoming a fan favorite among community theaters and high schoolers everywhere.
Why Hamilton Fans Might Like Heathers
One reason that people adore Hamilton is because the songs are very catchy. You can’t help but sing along (if you know all the lyrics). If you listen to Heathers, you will find that it is very catch. You won’t be able to stop singing it. The musical is a good balance of dramatic and humorous. There is a great variety of cast members. Also, the musical only made a Off-Broadway run; it never even made it to Broadway.
3. Dear Evan Hansen
(Synopsis Taken From Dear Evan Hansen Official Website)
A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to finally fit in.
Why Hamilton Fans Might Like Dear Evan Hansen
Dear Evan Hansen is the greatest mixture that you need in a musical. It will have you crying one minute and laughing the next. The story of Dear Evan Hansen is a very important one. All the characters are relatable in one way or another. The story doesn’t necessarily have a happy ending, but the world in Dear Evan Hansen was better off than it was before. The music is hands down one of the best I’ve heard, ever. It’s really catchy while still being able to make emotional.
(Synopsis Taken From Waitress Official Website)
Inspired by Adrienne Shelly’s beloved film, WAITRESS tells the story of Jenna (Tony winner Jessie Muller in a performance The New York Times calls “a high point of the Broadway season”). A waitress and expert pie maker, Jenna dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life.
Why Hamilton Fans Might Like Waitress
Waitress is a coming-of-age tale despite most of the characters are adults. Both Hamilton and Waitress are about people who want to escape a way of life. The two shows are their stories and strive to make it out. On a surface level, Waitress‘s music is top notch. It is written by Sara Bareilles, and she doesn’t disappoint. The overall show is a perfect mix of humor and melancholy and inspiring.
5. Kinky Boots
(Synopsis Taken From Stage Agent )
Charlie Price has suddenly inherited his father’s shoe factory, which is on the verge of bankruptcy. Trying to live up to his father’s legacy and save his family business, Charlie finds inspiration in the form of Lola. A fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos, Lola turns out to be the one person who can help Charlie become the man he’s meant to be. As they work to turn the factory around, this unlikely pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible… and discovers that when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world.
Why Hamilton Fans Might Like Kinky Boots
Kinky Boots is an overall amazing show. It celebrates accepting others for who they are. All while creating stilettos! As one of my friends describes it, the show will leave you feeling like you can conquer the world. Not only that, but the music is very catchy and the overall story is very important.
Thank you to all my friends who contributed their opinions to the list!
Do you like any musicals that aren’t on the list? Have you listened to any of these shows before?