About The Show
From the creative team behind the Tony Award-winning In The Heights comes a wildly inventive new musical about the scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America: Alexander Hamilton. 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.
How does a bastard, orphan, son of a whore, and Scotsman dropped in the middle of a forgotten spot in the Caribbean by providence, impoverished, grow up to be a hero and a scholar? That’s the question that launches Lin-Manuel Miranda’s epic reinvention of the tale of the American founding father, first Secretary of the Treasury, and author of the Federalist Papers, Alexander Hamilton. Surrounding Hamilton, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and more make mischief as they try to navigate the behemoth task of creating a government and founding a country. You’ll never look at America the same way again. The musical is one of the biggest hits and hottest tickets Broadway has seen in years and has catapulted Miranda, who wrote the book, music, and lyrics, to household name status. Earning a record-breaking 16 Tony Award nominations, the show won 11 trophies, including ones for director Thomas Kail and choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler, Miranda’s longtime collaborators. The musical had its world premiere downtown New York at the Public Theater in 2015 before transferring later that year to the Richard Rodgers Theater, where it’s certain to be playing for a long time. Get your hip-hop history on. See the musical the turned Broadway upside down — and learn a little something about American history, too.
What To Watch For
- Lin-Manuel Miranda picked up Ron Chernow’s book Alexander Hamilton before a vacation, and while he was relaxing on the beach, he messaged his collaborator and Hamilton director Thomas Kail that he thought Hamilton’s life would make a good musical.
- Miranda initially conceived Hamilton as a record called The Hamilton Mixtape, but Kail encouraged him to make it a musical as it had theatrical scale.
- The show has real cred in the music industry: Questlove and Black Thought of The Roots executive produced the show’s original cast recording.
- The show is full of homages to other musicals. The lyric “Nobody needs to know” is directly plucked from Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years. George Washington’s like “I’m the model of a modern major general” is from Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance.
2hr 55min (incl. intermission)
Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.
Richard Rodgers Theatre
226 West 46th Street, New York, NY 10036
The Richard Rodgers Theatre opened in 1924 and, originally called the 46th Street Theatre, it was renamed in 1990 to honor the legendary composer Richard Rodgers, whose shows defined Broadway for over three decades. This theatre has been a house of hits, hosting a long line of famed musicals including Anything Goes, Guys and Dolls, Damn Yankees, How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Nine, Chicago, and Movin' Out. The theatre was refurbished in 2006 and houses The Richard Rodgers Gallery featuring historic memorabilia from its namesake's storied career. It is now home to the hit musical, Hamilton.