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9 Musicals For Your Playlist If You're Tired of "Hamilton"


Since opening in 2015, Lin Manuel Miranda's Hamilton went from Off Broadway to Broadway to mainstream to global phenomenon in a matter of months. The play received a record-breaking 16 Tony nominations, winning 11 at the 2016 awards show, including Best Musical. The Hamilton soundtrack peaked at #1 on the Rap Albums chart, #2 on the Billboard 200, and was certified 8x platinum by the RIAA in 2019, the best selling cast recording of all-time. In July 2020—at the height of the pandemic—Disney+ finally released a live adaptation of the musical featuring the original cast, including Miranda as the titular character.

Although it hurts to admit, Hamilton is played out. The Schuyler Sisters don't quite "work! work!" like they used to, and fans are right to ask themselves, "What comes next?" So, if you're looking for another recording to resuscitate your show tunes playlist, the nine musicals below are tailor-made for Hamilton lovers.


1. In the Heights

In the Heights is probably the closest you're going to get to a musical that sounds like Hamilton because Lin Manuel Miranda himself wrote it before producing Hamilton. The show opened in 2008 and tells the story of a Latino community in New York City. The soundtrack includes flavors of hip-hop, salsa, soul music, and more. The musical was remade into a live-action film, which hit theaters in the summer of 2021 with its own soundtrack, so this show is a two-for-one deal!

2. 21 Chump Street

21 Chump Street is another of Miranda's original musicals, though it has a remarkably shorter run time than In the Heights or Hamilton. 21 Chump Street is a 14-minute musical that involves high schoolers, drug deals, and an undercover police operation. The show features the familiar Anthony Ramos and carries Miranda's signature R&B flair.

3. Jesus Christ Superstar

Jesus Christ Superstar is an Andrew Lloyd Webber classic. The show follows the last seven days of Jesus' life before His crucifixion and centers around the conflicts that arise between Him and His closest followers. This rock-opera classic includes some of the upbeat funk and pop elements that are obvious in the Hamilton soundtrack.

4. Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812

Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 loosely follows a sliver of Leo Tolstoy's narrative in War and Peace. The energetic soundtrack features elements of electronic and pop genres. And by the way, the 2017 cast album features Josh Groban's buttery voice as Pierre. It doesn't get much better than that.

5. Six

Six is an exciting, modern musical that recounts the fates of the six wives of Henry VIII in a pop-concert format. This glitzy, boisterous musical is similar to Hamilton in how it puts a brave contemporary spin on a deeply historical narrative.

6. 1776

1776 could be considered the less-contemporary version of Hamilton, retelling the happenings of the Continental Congress with characters made famous in Hamilton such as John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and more. Although the soundtrack follows a more classic Broadway genre, 1776 still has appeal for Hamilton fans who enjoy seeing American history brought to life on the stage.

7. Heathers

Heathers, a dark comedy featuring a sassy high school clique with a habit of bullying, is based on the 1989 film of the same name. The pop-influenced soundtrack is punchy and dynamic, echoing the edgy melodies and beats that Hamilton listeners love.

8. Waitress

Written by Sara Bareilles, Waitress opened on Broadway in 2016. The heartfelt, lively musical tells the story of a waitress named Jenna who is trapped in an abusive marriage and seeks a chance at redemption. The soundtrack is a bold, pop-broadway fusion masterpiece, and the catchy tunes are sure to be the new obsession of devoted Hamiton fans.

9. Amelie

If you can't get enough of Hamilton's original broadway cast stars, then Amelie is for you. Phillipa Soo, who originated the role of Eliza, plays the leading lady in this inspiring, whimsical production based on the 2001 French film. Amelie's soundtrack reflects all the best aspects of the more mellow tunes in Hamilton, like "That Would Be Enough," "Dear Theodosia," or "Burn."

Sure, the Hamilton soundtrack has become a bit stale, but it still has so much to appreciate -- the heart-melting melodies, the challenging rap sections, the gripping significance of the message. After trying out these 9 suggestions, you might be ready to give Hamilton another shot.

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