I saw Hamilton Wednesday last at the Richard Rogers Theatre. Last night I went to bed with Hamilton. I had Lin-Manuel Miranda's script all to myself and devoured it. There is so much information, not to mention plain old smarts, that is packed into this show that reading the text is an exercise in pure pleasure. And once again I came away with the same conclusion. This is a story ABOUT... Read more
Tickets are available now for Hamilton at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway. Everyone wants to be in the room where it happens… and who could blame them?!
Hamilton is simply the smash hit of the century, creating a level of hysteria unmatched by anything else the Great White Way has to offer. Having premiered off-Broadway at the Public Theater in February 2015 to a sold out limited engagement, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s juggernaut musical quickly made the leap uptown and began previews at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on July 13, 2015, and opened to rave reviews on August 6.
Fast forward one year and Hamilton receives a record-breaking 16 Tony Award nominations and ends up tying The Producers with a total of 11 wins, including “Best Musical”. The original Broadway cast recording, which won the Grammy Award for “Best Musical Theater Album,” reached number 3 on the Billboard charts at one point, with “The Hamilton Mixtape” debuting at the top spot in December 2016.
The show’s creator and original leading man Lin-Manuel Miranda was already known in the Broadway theatre community for his work on In The Heights and Bring It On – The Musical, but Hamilton propelled his status into the mainstream of American pop culture. There wasn’t a month that would go by without Miranda gracing the cover of a top-selling magazine or welcoming A-List celebrities and politicians backstage after various high-profile visits to the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Hamilton also made top Broadway stars out of original cast members Leslie Odom, Jr., Renée Elise Goldsberry and Daveed Diggs (who each took home a Tony Award in their respective categories), as well as Phillipa Soo, Christopher Jackson and Okieriete Onaodowan. All original principal cast members have now left the Broadway production, but that hasn’t stopped fans who continue to flock to the theatre for sold-out performances.
Miranda’s idea to tell the story of Alexander Hamilton through the genre of Hip Hop (with generous helpings of RnB) by a multi-racial cast captured the imagination of Americans coast to coast. For the younger demographics still at school, Hamilton would become the most revolutionary and exciting History lesson they would ever attend. The musical combines 18th century-inspired, Tony-winning costumes by Paul Tazewell and slick, modern, Tony-winning choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler to create a fresh, Broadway production to appeal to those outside the Broadway community and hardened theatregoers in equal measure.
If you are yet to witness “The Story of Tonight,” then take your shot and secure your tickets today!
Your Obedient Servant, the New York Theatre Guide.
(Photos by Joan Marcus)
Hamilton tells the story of Alexander Hamilton - a scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America. From bastard orphan to Washington's right hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country's first sex scandal to Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy, Hamilton is an exploration of a political mastermind. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Eliza Hamilton, and lifelong Hamilton friend and foe, Aaron Burr, all attend this revolutionary tale of America’s fiery past told through the sounds of the ever-changing nation we’ve become.
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Lin-Manuel Miranda is arguably the most in-demand performer on Broadway right now and he is looking set on world domination. With his smash hit musical Hamilton still the hottest ticket in town, with a couple of Disney projects the likes of Moana and Mary Poppins Returns in the pipeline, as well as future film adaptations of In The Heights and Hamilton, it looks like there is just no stopping the New York native.