Hamilton: An American Musical is one of the most popular artistic creations of all time. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s record-breaking Broadway musical premiered in 2015, but now that it’s available to anyone with a Disney + subscription, a few new questions come five years later.
A common question has to do with Alexander Hamilton’s wife, Eliza Hamilton. The end of the musical shows Eliza walking hand in hand with her deceased husband as she sings about how the rest of her life went after he was murdered in a duel. Then Eliza, played by the extremely talented Phillipa Soo, releases a loud gasp.
Fans can’t help but wonder: Why did Eliza lose so?
Eliza Hamilton gasps loudly during the final monologue
Hamilton relies on a mix of musical genres, ranging from traditional Broadway songs to rap. The unique retelling of a classic story is what made the story so compelling ̵
During the last song, “Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story”, Eliza gives a summary of what happens to her for the rest of her life. She is discussing opening an orphanage and helping to raise hundreds of children, plus collecting her stripped husband Alexander’s letters and other writing samples for his biography.
Eliza says: “I can’t wait to see you on the other side. It’s just a matter of time, “just as Alexander takes his hand. Then she goes to the edge of the stage, looks at the audience and cries as she cries. But why?
Fans have many theories for Eliza’s gasp during ‘Hamilton’
Some fans say the gasp is due to Eliza having died and seeing the afterlife, including her deceased husband again. Others claim she is shocked to see the audience there, appreciating Alexander Hamilton’s history and not letting his legacy die with him, Yahoo reported.
And then there are the fans who believe that Eliza observes the modern world with all its triumphs and errors in the present time. Her shock and happiness that the American experiment lasted so long would be enough for the triumphant tears.
Lin-Manuel Miranda and Phillipa Soo explain their theories
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Miranda has heard all the theories that belong to Eliza’s joke and refuses to reveal which one is correct. Instead, he says that the gasp is up to the interpretation and depends on the actress who plays Eliza.
“I think it’s different for every Eliza,” he said during an interview with Wired. “It’s heart-stopping isn’t it? It goes through time in some way. Whether the thing she sees is Hamilton, if the thing she sees is heaven, if the thing she sees is the world now. I think everyone is authentic and fair. I think she looks over a period of time at that moment. “
Soo expressed similar feelings. “People are like, ‘Is it Eliza going into heaven? Does she see Alexander? Does she see God? What is it?’ And that’s kind of all these things, ”she told AOL 2016.
“Sometimes it’s literally, I look and see the audience, and that’s what it is, but I think that idea of ’transcendence’ exists in all this,” she continued. “Whether it’s in Eliza’s mind or Phillipa’s mind, they’re both one and the same, which is beautiful in that moment.”
In the end, it’s up to the audience to decide what Eliza’s joke means.