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Dames Nation, We’re Helpless

Dear Lin-Manuel Miranda:
IT IS UNTOWARD TO MAKE SOMETHING THIS GREAT AND AFFECTING,
YOU BEAUTIFUL BROADWAY GENIUS.
YOU GOT A LOTTA DAMN GALL.

Dame Sophie kind of regrets spending so much time with 1989 (written by Taylor Swift, interpreted by A Sad Guitar Fellow) last week because it kept her from joining the zillions of her friends absolutely losing it over their shared musical true love of 2015, Hamilton. Having been on record for years as admiring Hamilton’s Foxiest Founding Fatherhood, she’s kind of appalled with herself for not having been more aware that this was happening, but better late than never! Dame Margaret, meanwhile, is like "I told you so!!! HERE HAVE A FULL GROSS OF INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH TISSUES, I don't need them anymore, I've sobbed until literally every last bit of water is gone from my body, I'm a desiccated shell of a human now." (Side note: Can we also talk about how ridiculous it is that being one week into a cultural phenomenon can be considered late at all? We blame hot takes.)

If you are also new to the glories of Hamilton, here are a few of the most Dames-baity things about it:

  • Lusty 18th-century commas and an ill-judged over-explaining political pamphlet came THISCLOSE to tearing apart the Early Republic. Because sexting & Tumblr & delicate male emotions have been around forever (but please do tell us more about how selfies are ruining our culture).

  • If you are a fan of Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein’s wonderful novel of friendship and courage during WWII, you maaaaaay wind up going down a feelings rabbit-hole thinking about how Julie and Maddie are the relationship inverse of A. Burr & A. Ham.

  • It's incredible ability to meld two seemingly different genres-- a period musical about revolution and upheaval in the 18th century and the sound, rhythm, and attitudes of modern R&B and hip-hop-- without ever diminishing or sneering at either. 

It’s a magpie of a cultural product, so obviously we are ALL IN. Ready to learn more, rock out, and sob into all the available facial tissues? Hop on the Hamil-train with our Top 10 below.


Top 10 Get On The Hamiltrain Links

(JKJKJKJK, Lin-Manuel, you still own us, we're playing.)


Twee as Hell


Visual Crushes

Two Bossy Dames are not throwing away their shot.