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Already hailed as a modern classic after its sold-out, award-winning run Off-Broadway, Hamilton is a wildly inventive new musical about the unlikely founding father determined to make his mark on a new nation as hungry and ambitious as he is. From bastard orphan to Washington’s right hand man to Secretary of the Treasury, this musical chronicles the unlikely rise and untimely fall of Alexander Hamilton through the music of hip-hop. Written by and starring Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights), Hamilton is the front-runner to sweep the 2016 Tony Awards.
And it did just that. The musical took home 11 Tony Awards in various categories including Best Musical. If you haven’t watched the musical yet, your next shot at scoring Hamilton Theater tickets is here. New block of tickets for the national tour are available. Hamilton also recently launched an app for tickets lottery called the #Ham4Ham lottery. Users can enter to win two $10 tickets to watch this outstanding musical.
Hamilton Musical Information
|Director||Producer||Composer/Lyricist||Writer||Choreographer||Set Designer||Thomas Kail||Jeffrey Seller||Lin-Manuel Miranda||Lin-Manuel Miranda||Andy Blankenbuehler||David Korins|
Hamilton: An American Musical is not an average, everyday theater. It juxtaposes America’s political history with contemporary music styles of hip-hop and rap. Along with its modern sound, the musical also features actors to tell a story that feels relevant in today’s time despite its origins.
Through its intricately penned lyrics and nuanced performances, Hamilton presents a captivating experience. Telling the story of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, the musical follows his journey as an ambitious immigrant who is eager to be a part of the American Revolutionary War. As the show progresses, Hamilton evolves into a belligerent political figure plagued by tragedy and scandal as he tries to set up America’s young government.
Inspired from Ron Chernow’s biography of Alexander Hamilton, full credit goes to the writer and lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda. His fusion of genres and the amalgamation of pop culture encompass the appeal of Hamilton across multiple generations.
Hamilton – Original Score
Hamilton is presented through songs and the story of the founding member is told through hip-hop. The Hamilton Original Broadway Cast Recording became the first Broadway cast album to reach number one position on the Billboard Rap Album chart.
Hamilton mixes a base of hip-hop and rap to compose an ingenious songbook that’s rich and diverse. The song Ten Duel Commandments takes inspiration from the track Ten Crack Commandments by The Notorious B.I.G. and is a number that most youngsters are familiar with. In the My Shot, Lin-Manuel Miranda engages the older theater buffs by displaying Hamilton’s fiery determination as he struggles to implement his political plans. The emotional trials are well presented in songs like It’s Quiet Uptown.
Hamilton’s dynamic range earned it a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. For American listeners in particular, hearing the story of Alexander Hamilton through familiar musical sounds and dialects is a powerful way for reconnecting with history. And it’s one that people are likely to repeat.
Hamilton – Original Cast
Hamilton soared with its outstanding cast. In the original production Lin-Manuel Miranda played the lead role of Alexander Hamilton. Leslie Odom, Jr. as Aaron Burr, Alexander’s friend and later political adversary, shines in his emotional arc. He comes across as a tragic character, seeking empathy instead of the villain he is presented as in history books.
The original Broadway cast featured Phillipa Soo as Eliza Schuyler Hamilton, Alexander’s wife. She played the part to perfection, a woman who falls in love, only later to be betrayed by her husband, whom she eventually forgives. Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler, Hamilton’s sister-in-law is spectacular. The musical touches upon her relationship with Hamilton which was at times presumed to be romantic.
Daveed Diggs played the dual roles of Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson, presenting them with energy and crafty jollity.
Hamilton’s national tour features a brand new cast but Lin-Manuel Miranda has promised to make a couple of appearances. He stated that it’s a role he would like to go back to again and again.
Hamilton – Critics Report Card
Opening to positive reviews, Hamilton has been called the hottest ticket in town by the Broadway World. The musical has seen its share of controversies, starting with the actor Brandon Victor Dixon, who plays Aaron Burr in the Broadway replacement. In one of the January 2017 performances, Dixon addressed the vice president-elect Mike Pence, who was in the audience. Delivering a scripted speech during the final curtain call he said,
We, sir – we – are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents, or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights.
While Pence took it in good spirit, President Donald Trump asked the cast of Hamilton to apologize. He even took to Twitter, asking people to boycott the musical.
In its review Hollywood Reporter stated that Hamilton delivers a history lesson in an entertaining way.
The musical is a triumph...more to the point, it signals its immensely talented creator and star as a game-changing figure in musical theater.
In Chicago Tribune’s words,
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s audaciously ambitious and supremely executed new musical is surely the most entertaining, provocative and moving civics lesson in Broadway history.
Hamilton in Theaters
From its Off-Broadway and Broadway runs in 2015 (till present) to the Chicago premiere in 2016 and now the 2017 national tour, Hamilton has brought theater lovers back to the theaters. Fresh dates and cities have been announced, now stretching the tour till 2018.
Hamilton Broadway tickets along with the national tour tickets are available for the new performances taking place in LA, Chicago, San Francisco and New York. The musical is also expected to make its London’s West End debut in November 2017, raising its curtains at the Victoria Palace Theatre.
Producer Jeffrey Seller shared the exciting news of Hamilton’s 2nd National Tour that will kick off from Seattle in February 2018. More than 8000 people a night will have the chance to see the show as it will play in Portland, Costa Mesa, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Des Moines, Cleveland and Minneapolis. Due to the tremendous interest in Hamilton from markets across the country, the musical is likely to add more dates to its schedule.