In Dog's Country. I have since been told that it's not a "proper" musical because the songs don't "advance the story". While I'd argue that a few of them do, I admit that several regular songs were just stuck between dialogue.
As you've probably heard, Hamilton gets it right. The cast sings more in the style of hip hop and soul, so that appeases my resistance to the traditional theatrical fabulousness. The songs advance the story, in a big way.
And everyone loves it! Its newsworthiness began with the casting of people of color for most of the major characters. As you may recall, the Founding Fathers were predominantly white men. A black George Washington turns heads. ("Here comes the general!") But it makes sense as a modern interpretation of the American experience, especially Hamiton himself: Hungry immigrant seeks to better himself in a new land, changes the world. Many recurring and memorable musical themes parallel the conceptual themes throughout. Hey, were it not for Innocent Sin, I would declare the Hamilton sountrack the best album of 2015.
This music hits me really hard, really fast. A minute into the first song, I'm weepily heaving with emotion. And it's not even a sad song! This happens to a lot of people. So my first question is: