So, is Hamilton worth the hype?

Cultural phenomenon: Lin-Manuel Miranda's legendary historical musical Hamilton has just dropped on Disney+ and is streaming now. Picture: Hamilton
Cultural phenomenon: Lin-Manuel Miranda's legendary historical musical Hamilton has just dropped on Disney+ and is streaming now. Picture: Hamilton

Let's get one thing out of the way early - Hamilton is worth every bit of hype it enjoys.

A filmed version of the already legendary stage musical was released on streaming site Disney+ last week, allowing Aussies the opportunity to witness the culture-shaping phenomenon themselves.

The musical, written by and starring wunderkind Lin-Manuel Miranda (who also appeared in Mary Poppins Returns and wrote music for Moana) burst onto the scene in 2015 and took home a slew of Tony Awards and even a Pulitzer Prize.

It tells the story of one of America's founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton, and his rise from immigrant orphan to one of the most influential people in the country's history.

There are several things that set Hamilton apart from other musicals. First, is its style.

Full of hip hop, rap, r'n'b, jazz, soul and even a touch of reggae, the music is fast, fresh and immediately iconic.

The lyrical play is exceptionally clever and rhymes are so witty you'll marvel at how one man's brain could possibly have done it all.

The next thing that sets Hamilton apart was its approach to casting.

Now, in history, all the folks in the story were white, but the musical instead eschews historical accuracy in this regard and fills the cast with people incredibly talented of colour.

This colourblind casting is one of Hamilton's biggest successes.

The cast in the Broadway recording (from June, 2016) are all at the absolute top of their game.

Miranda, firstly, brings an earnestness and playfulness to the role, and it's clear he is leaving his entire heart and soul on the stage.

The other lead, Aaron Burr (sir), is played by Leslie Odom Jr, who made his big-screen debut a couple of years ago in Kenneth Branagh's Murder on the Orient Express.

Odom brings this incredible sense of urgency and repressed frustration to the role of Burr, Hamilton's eventual killer (this is not a spoiler as, apart from being well-documented history, this is laid out clearly in the opening number).

Also absolutely killing it onstage is Renee Elise Goldsberry (who people may be familiar with from her recurring role as Geneva Pine in The Good Wife or as Quellcrist Falconer in Netflix's Altered Carbon) as eldest Schuyler sister Angelica.

Goldsberry is an absolute force to be reckoned with and shines in every single moment she's on stage.

Other highlights are Daveed Diggs as both the Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson, and Frozen's Jonathan Groff as King George III.

Hamilton somehow makes the political ins and outs of forming the United States' first government absolutely thrilling, which is no mean feat.

This is done through the brilliant songs.

There are more than 40 songs in the musical, most of which run into each other. Every part of the show is musical, there's no pausing for exposition - and this works incredibly well.

Nearly every song is a highlight, but there are a few that stand just a little taller than the rest.

Firstly, one of the most amazing songs of any musical ever, Satisfied.

Satisfied is Angelica's big solo song, and it is quite the journey. Combining speedy rap and heart-wrenching belters, the song comes about 35 minutes into the show and is such a powerhouse you'll barely want to breathe.

During a recent live-tweet of the show, Miranda said he'd never write a better song that Satisfied, and it's hard to argue.

The opening number, Alexander Hamilton, is also incredible, providing all the info you need to be immediately sucked into the story.

The Room Where It Happens, The Ten Duel Commandments and What'd I Miss are all delightful and insightful, Helpless could easily get radio play and My Shot is rousing and brilliant, but it's the hilariously silly You'll Be Back that'll be stuck in your head long after the two hours and 40 minute runtime is over.

The ridiculous 'da da da's of the King's first of his three tunes is just a joy and Groff is brilliant at delivering them.

There is so much to love about this show that it demands repeated viewings.

Even people who don't like musicals will like Hamilton. It doesn't feel stuffy or inauthentic, as many musicals can, and its tracks should really appeal to fans of any genre.

Some songs do feature a touch of swearing, parents should be advised, however, Disney has blocked out the offending words (and the subtitles just feature asterisks).

So, should you make the almost two and a half hour investment to watch Hamilton?

Of course. What are you waiting for?