Chance are pretty good that if you’ve been paying any attention whatsoever to the popular culture in the past three years, you’ve heard of “Hamilton: An American Musical.”
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ground-breaking musical about founding father and inaugural U.S. treasury secretary Alexander Hamilton has earned massive praise for its inventive, multi-ethnic casting and its blending of hip-hop, history and Broadway. It won 11 Tony Awards, the Pulitzer Prize for drama and its original cast recording, released in September 2015, has gone triple platinum. More than three years after its premiere, “Hamilton” remains one of the hottest shows on Broadway. It’s also featured in an extended engagement in Chicago and is wowing fans on the West End in London.
So yes, a lot of people like “Hamilton,” even if they’ve not seen it. Which is why when producers announced a second U.S. tour that would launch in Seattle before heading to Portland, Spokane-area theater fans perked up.
Of course, those shows sold out pretty darn quick. Now, there are scattered seats available for most shows through Ticketmaster’s Verified Resale program (see www.ticketmaster.com), and fans can win a chance to buy $10 orchestra section seats through the “Hamilton” lottery (see Page 8 for details). Still, with interest running high, we thought we’d take a few minutes to highlight a few things people might want to know about “Hamilton.”
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