• Elizabeth Kramer

Youth voices on "Hamilton": We have the reviews

“Hamilton” uplifted the trajectory of storytelling on Broadway and then the pandemic has changed so much about how we interact with each other and the arts. Broadway and other arts closed its doors for a time. Now, doors to the arts have reopened and the run of “Hamilton” via PNC Broadway in Louisville at Kentucky Performing Arts has been a welcome event — especially for Arts Angle Vantage and the young critics here who saw the June 8 performance.

Elizabeth Kramer, Phoebe Haverstick, Halle Shoaf, Abigail Knoop, Don’Tia Almon, and Melissa Chipman at press night of PNC Broadway in Louisville's "Hamilton" at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts. Photo by Gracie Vanover.


At this juncture, Arts Angle Vantage places more value on helping elevate youth voices and the arts. These reviews from youth around the region are just one of our actions to fulfill that value.


Some had seen the film on Disney+. Others saw it on tour here in 2019 or during its long run in Chicago. One of our reviewers had seen productions here, in Chicago, in New York, and in Puerto Rico.

The national tour of “Hamilton.” Photo by Joan Marcus. | Courtesy PNC Broadway in Louisville.


The reviews from four young people:

• Don’Tia Almon, Iroquois High School, Class of 2023;

• Phoebe Haverstick, duPont Manual High School, Class of 2023;

• Abigail Knoop, New Albany High School, Class of 2022; and

• Halle Shoaf, duPont Manual High School, Class of 2023.


— Melissa Chipman and Elizabeth Kramer


Read their reviews in LEO Weekly, our media partner on this project.

Or read their reviews here:


Music, drama of ”Hamilton” satisfies curiosity in history, craving, quest for entertainment, fun


Powerful relationships deepen the authentic portrayals in poignant production of “Hamilton"


Just like a nation, success of “Hamilton” rises from a strong, inclusive ensemble


“Hamilton” proves an enduring testament to the power of love, loss, and memory in wake of pandemic


Time and again, Arts Angle Vantage and the participants are grateful to PNC Broadway in Louisville and to LEO Weekly Arts & Entertainment Editor Erica Rucker and Editor Scott Recker, who practice the values of collaborative journalism and bring the community these young critics’ work.


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