23 Apr

Do you know what I discovered last week?  Every once and awhile, God answers one of my begging, pleading, nagging prayers:  Last week God answered two of them.  I got to go to NYC and see, Hamilton: An American Musical (Yeah, Baby!), and Bill O’Reilly got kicked out of Fox News on his ass along with his sicko buddy Roger Ailes.   Buh, bye boys! 

OReilly and Ailes Steve SackThe Minneapolis Star Tribune

Cartoon used by permission: Steve Sack, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune

But enough of that slimy, arrogant, racist, misogynistic, lying piece of shit—O’Reilly—and “hello” to a hero and a scholar:  ALEXANDER HAMILTON!  (You know, that dude on the ten-dollar bill, one of the founding fathers of the United States, one of the main authors of the Federalist Papers, and our first Secretary of the Treasury.)


By Source (WP:NFCC#4), Fair use,

So I bet you’re wondering, how did this old woman get so lucky?  Well, as the kids would say, “This is what had happened”:


By the author, ET


Once upon a time there was an old woman who transitioned into retirement the same month a phenomenon was being born on Broadway and tickets into Heaven were easier to get than those to Hamilton.  The Woman hadn’t yearned to see a Broadway show as much as this since Les Miz.  But, alas, alack, The Man she was married to turned a deaf ear to her machinations to ransom their first born child in order to procure tickets.  His only response:  “If we weren’t moving—maybe—but we now live on a budget (fixed income/income fixed: say it frontwards and backwards, they both mean the same thing), and tickets to Hamilton are not an option.” 

The Woman (who never takes “no” for an answer), while beseeching her God to strike Donald Trump with a lightning bolt and crater Fox News with an earthquake, snuck in a teensy-weenie prayer that he would change her husband’s heart about tickets to the musical Hamilton before Christ’s return.  No answer.

In the meantime, The Woman assuaged her disappointment at not seeing the musical by reading Ron Chernow’s bestseller, Alexander Hamilton (the book the musical is based upon) and listening to and memorizing every song on the cast recording of Hamilton.

Alexander Hamilton Chernow

Book cover of Alexander Hamilton/

A year went by as The Man and The Woman settled into retirement and began to travel more. It was at that point that The Woman began to get hints that Her God might be answering her prayers about Hamilton.  A short time later, and quite by accident, The Woman and The Man ended up on St. Kitts on an old sugar cane plantation train traversing the island that overlooked the birthplace of Alexander Hamilton: Charlestown, Nevis. 

Alexander Hamilton Birthplace

By Daniel Farrell – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

“The current structure was rebuilt from the ruins of the house where Alexander Hamilton was born and lived as a young child.”Wikipedia

As The Woman engaged in excited, hyperbolic pontifications to a fellow traveler sitting next to her about the history of Hamilton, her longing to see the musical before she died, and what a fantastic work of history Ron Chernow’s book is, The Woman encountered (unbeknownst to her) her first Trump supporter in the flesh.  The Trump Supporter from Pennsylvania had never heard of the musical (horrors!) or the history book by Chernow (double horrors!!).  In fact, The Trump Supporter confessed her lifelong disdain for history until she started reading Bill O’Reilly’s (of Fox News) five historical books about Lincoln, Kennedy, Jesus, Patton, and Reagan (quadruple horrors!!!!).  The Trump Supporter asked The Woman if she had read those “wonderful works of history?”  The Woman went all Alec Baldwin on her—forgot her traveling manners—as she declared that if the books O’Reilly wrote were considered “history,” then she was a direct descendant of Alexander Hamilton, and that O’Reilly’s books had been trashed by the critics as a bunch of crap. Then The Woman topped the cake with icing by stating:  “Anyone who reads O’Reilly’s historical messes as truth is an idiot.  Needless to say, The Trump Supporter was not amused, turned her back on The Woman while she demanded that her husband tell the “two queers” in front of the train window to move so that she could get a picture of Hamilton’s island home.

I should have realized at that moment something was afoot:  O’Reilly and Alexander Hamilton in the same breath, on a slave train, in a tropical island?  God was on the move—I could feel it.

Even Vice President Pence got to see the musical “Hamilton” and got schooled by the Hamilton cast during the curtain call.  Yes!  And his daddy (Trump) got pissed and demanded an apology from the cast.  (Never!!) Everyone was getting to see Hamilton except me.  Where was the love, The Woman asked The Man and Her God?

Trump vs Hamilton Bob Englehart CagleCartoons com

Cartoon used by permission: Bob Englehart

Then Christmas 2016 came.  The Woman’s present was the last one to be opened.  In a box that looked as if it held a new Cuisinart, the woman dug deep and pulled out an envelope:  Two tickets to Hamilton for April 2017—“Merry Christmas, Baby, Love ‘White and Wonderful!’”

It appears that The Man had been working, searching, planning, saving, and doing everything in his power to bless the love of his life with tickets to Hamilton.  He had bought the tickets over a year ago and kept it a secret from The Woman.  The Woman damn near fainted in front of the Christmas tree, as she reminded her children that this was one of the reasons she had married their father—this was the way love rolled!

Last week, The Man and Woman went off to New York City to see the show of a lifetime.  Few things ever, ever meet up to one’s expectations, but Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton surpassed The Woman’s greatest expectations!  It didn’t matter that Mr. Miranda was no longer starring in this phenomenon, because the replacement cast was equal (and in a couple of cases) better than the original cast.  The night The Woman and The Man saw the show, Brian D’Arcy James (of “13 Reasons Why” of Netflix fame and the original King George III during Hamilton’s workshop days), and James Monroe Iglehart (the genie from Broadway’s Aladdin) made their debuts in Hamilton and brought down the house.  From the moment the cast started the opening number, and the Aaron Burr character sang his opening line, chills spread up and down The Woman’s body and she and her man were transported to heaven:

“How does a bastard, orphan, son of a whore and a

Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a forgotten

Spot in the Caribbean by providence, impoverished, in squalor,

Grow up to be a hero and a scholar?”

Lyrics, “Hamilton” by Lin-Manuel Miranda

The Woman sent a message back to all her family, friends and fans that night:  “Do whatever you have to do to see the musical, Hamilton.  The hype is no exaggeration.  The script is outstanding, the singing is superb, the choreography is brilliant, and the message is transformational.  Beg, borrow, steal (do the time [just kidding], oh hell, it would be worth it!), but you must see this show.  It will change your life!  Lin-Manuel Miranda is a genius.


Photo credit:  Eleanor Tomczyk


I am discovering that prayers do get answered.  While I was in NYC seeing Hamilton, O’Reilly’s career was destroyed.  I can’t tell you how many petitions I’ve signed to have that man removed from the airwaves and how many prayers I’ve uttered to have his influence eradicated.  I was horrified when I met that Trump Supporter in the West Indies—horrified at the stupidity she embraced based on a stupid man’s lies that she believed to be truth.

On the other hand, I was enthralled by the brilliance of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s awesome rendition of one of our forefathers’ stories.  It reminded me that we are a nation of immigrants (Miranda, himself, is the son of Puerto Rican immigrants) inspired by God to do great things.  And although it looks as if we are living in the gutter right now under the reign of a tyrant king, we once “turned the world upside down” as Lin-Manuel’s lyric says and did the impossible by overthrowing a stupid king and building a great nation that cannot easily be destroyed.  I saw Hamilton and I came away inspired and strengthened in faith that God is hearing my prayers for the immigrant, the disenfranchised, and the powerless.

Killing OReillys Career David Fitzsimmons The Arizona Star

Cartoon used by permission: David Fitzsimmons, The Arizona Star



“Why has government been instituted at all? Because the passions of man will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice without constraint.”—Alexander Hamilton

 “The voice of the people has been said to be the voice of God; and, however generally this maxim has been quoted and believed, it is not true to fact. The people are turbulent and changing, they seldom judge or determine right.”Alexander Hamilton

“There are seasons in every country when noise and impudence pass current for worth; and in popular commotions especially, the clamors of interested and factious men are often mistaken for patriotism.”Alexander Hamilton


Political Discourse David Fitzsimmons The Arizona Star

Cartoon used by permission: David Fitzsimmons, The Arizona Star


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13 responses to “HAMILTON, THE MUSICAL

  1. calvin

    April 23, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    So Broadway still exists. Headline and Trump weary, I have pretty much tuned myself out of American culture and art -present company excluded. Oh heck almost anything American. Sounds like America needs `Hamilton’. As for Mr. O`Reilly, it was bound to happen sooner later. In one way or another.

  2. imagesbytdashfield

    April 24, 2017 at 8:27 am

    I’m still trying to convince DH to go see this.

  3. nonnie9999

    April 25, 2017 at 12:27 am

    Does your hubby have a brother who is single and likes old broads? I am totally jealous, because I want so badly to go back to New Yawk and to see a Broadway play (I’m not fussy, Eleanor’s hubby’s brother! I’ll go to any play!). As for BillO and Ailes, good riddance to bad garbage, but it’s not over until everyone who knew about the harassment and enabled it is gone. That’s not going to happen,and the sets will remain populated with Stepford wives and disgusting ogling men.

    • etomczyk

      April 27, 2017 at 6:11 pm

      Hi Nonnie: He does have a brother, and although he’s nice, he is not like my man! I pinch myself everyday for the past 45 years that we met each other. Getting to NYC is a bit easier when your one and only grandson lives there. Let’s just say, we have a lot more incentive.

  4. chamusic

    May 1, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    I love Hamilton and I have written a post on it on my page! You might like it! I’m going to see it next year 🙂

  5. Dawn Quyle Landau

    May 21, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    Green doesn’t begin to cover me. I have wanted this like nothing else for a year… and one day I may tell you the story of how I turned down incredible tickets, and meet the cast, when it was first released, to go see… wait for it: Wicked. Yes, really. Will never get over that. Now, going to NYC in October and my white and wonderful husband is not thinking like yours. No tickets in my sad future. But yay you!! Again, green.

    • etomczyk

      May 21, 2017 at 4:21 pm

      Dawn: Oh no!! I can’t believe you had the opportunity to see Hamilton and turned it down! (Although, I must admit that I do love me some “Wicked” and might have made the same choice.) There are some wonderful things out this season. Bette Midler is tearing it up in “Hello Dolly” and then there is the unexpected musical hit “Come From Away,” about 38 airplanes that were redirected from their intended international destinations to Gander, Newfoundland, at the northeast tip of North America, where a small rural village provided 6,579 stranded passengers with shelter, food, phones and moral support. Then, of course, there is “The Great Comet” which some people are saying they like better than “Hamilton.” I had a chance to see that but turned the tickets down. Not so sure if I’m going to like that musical or not. Let me know what you do get to see. Whatever it is, I’m sure you’ll love it.

      • Dawn Quyle Landau

        May 21, 2017 at 6:34 pm

        Yes, I’ll be kicking myself for years to come… but Wicked was fantastic! Loved that book too. We have tickets to Dear Evan Hansen, which is huge right now, and we considered the Divine Ms M, but she finishes before we’ll be in town. :-/ May try to see one more… if you can believe it, I know someone who went on line 2 months ago, and got tickets for Hamilton this June, for $150 each!! I could kill her for not buying more! Seriously. Kill. Her.

        October is a fabulous time of year for NYC, and if we see nothing on Broadway, it is still a win win! 😉

  6. composerinthegarden

    May 22, 2017 at 10:01 am

    Eleanor, you are making my summer reading list easy. Chernow’s book is now on my iPad next to your new release – perfect way to escape the afternoon heat this summer 🙂 And the musical – when the road show comes to town, I’ll be there. I’ve lost my taste for almost all travel. In the meantime, here’s a link to Leslie Odom Jr.’s recording of “Seriously” written by Sara Bareilles about President Obama: Can you still remember when we had an intelligent, ethical no-drama president? Seems like an age ago.

    • etomczyk

      May 23, 2017 at 9:29 am

      Lynn: I just watched the YouTube video of Leslie Odom Jr’s recording of “Seriously.” Amazing! My favorite line: “No man’s ignorance will ever be his virtue.” (Sigh!) God, I miss President Obama!

  7. mphadventuregirl

    June 29, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    About Hamilton, I am a musical fan, but I honestly just have no interest in the musical. I just don’t like hip-hop or rap natured music and don’t see how it works in the musical world. I can understand the hype in a way, but it seems awfully hard to even get to, but I still don’t get the hype at all. What is the big deal about Hamilton?

  8. allysongerard

    July 28, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    Love this post!


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