While not happening until September, it would be irresponsible not to alert you that tickets to the Chicago production of smashing Broadway musical “Hamilton” will finally go on sale to the public on June 21.
For those who are already aware of the genius of the play, let me give you the most pertinent information upfront. The tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on June 21, and performances start September 27. Tickets will range from $65 to $185 with premium tickets starting at $500. The premium tickets will cover 10 percent of the seats in the theater. Following the New York production’s lead, there will be a digital lottery held for each performance where 44 seats in the first two rows and boxes will go for $10 to the lottery winners.
Now if you’ve never heard of “Hamilton” before then buckle up. This hip-hop musical, which just won 11 Tony Awards, covers the life of Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton, known in the play as the “$10 founding father without a father.” Lin-Manuel Miranda, the genius behind the music and story, was inspired to turn Hamilton’s life into a musical after reading a biography of the founder of our financial system. Seeing that Hamilton was an immigrant who used his words to get him out of poverty and into prosperity, it immediately made Miranda link Hamilton’s story with that of the many iconic rappers of our time. With the use of rap and a diverse cast playing many of of our revolutionary heroes, “Hamilton” is not only successful in making audiences care about revolutionary America, but it shows us how very little has changed in our country when it comes to politics. To prepare for the show you can listen to the original Broadway cast recording out now everywhere.
“Hamilton” will open at the PrivateBank Theatre 18 W. Monroe St., on Sept. 27. For tickets and more information visit broadwayinchicago.com/show/hamilton.