Good news! It appears that you can get tickets to Hamilton, a.k.a. the current toast of Broadway…if you’re a high school student, that is.
The Rockefeller Foundation president Judith Rodin, New York City Department of Education Chancellor Carmen Fariña, and Gilder Lehrman Institute executive director Lesley Herrmann (along with Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and producer Jeffrey Seller) have announced the establishment of an educational partnership that will offer the opportunity for 20,000 New York City public school students to see Hamilton and integrate it with their classroom studies.
The program, launching in 2016, was made possible by a grant from The Rockefeller Center, and will allow students to learn about the wealth of American history through the Broadway musical. According to the press release, “The “Hamilton Study & Performance Guide” will include an online Hamilton portal for students and teachers, and printed classroom materials that will offer students a creative platform for developing and producing their own original performances of poetry, rap, songs, scenes and other art expressions.” $10 tickets will be made available to students who, in addition to attending Wednesday matinees, will be able to interact with members of the Hamilton cast. The first exclusive performance will be held April 13, 2016.
“It is a dream come true to have a program like this exist in connection to Hamilton,” Miranda said in a statement. “I can’t wait to perform for a theater full of students who are learning about our Founding Fathers in class and seeing how it still relates to their own lives on stage. They will see Hamilton’s story, and I’m hopeful that the stories it will inspire in them, will change our lives in ways we can’t even anticipate.”
“Our goal is to ensure that all students have a shot to see Hamilton and use its words, music and staging to further their enjoyment of American History, music and drama,” added Seller.
Based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Alexander Hamilton, Hamilton, which opened earlier this year to rave reviews, explores the birth of American history through hip-hop lyrics and contemporary theater. The musical includes books, music, and lyrics by Miranda and is directed by Thomas Kail, with choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and musical direction and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire.
“The Rockefeller Foundation recognizes Hamilton as a groundbreaking work of genius and everyone should have the opportunity to see it, regardless of their resources,” stated Rodin. “Works like this don’t come around very often, and when they do we must make every effort to maximize their reach.”