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Hamilton sets first production beyond Broadway in Chicago

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Joan Marcus

New York City may be “the greatest city in the world,” according to the lyrics of Hamilton, but Chicago may be the luckiest — it’s the first stop where the juggernaut musical will make its move beyond the bounds of Broadway.

In the fall of 2016, Chicago’s newly-minted PrivateBank Theatre will welcome Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop history musical, which re-tells the story of history’s oft-forgotten founding father Alexander Hamilton (who gifted us with, among other things, the Treasury and the nation’s first sex scandal).

The production begins performances on Sept. 27, 2016, and will be sitting down in the Windy City for a presently open-ended run.

Blockbuster musicals often find time for lengthier satellite productions — demonstrated recently with Wicked and The Book of Mormon in Chicago — before or in conjunction with national tours. Hamilton is expected to launch a national tour, whether alongside or following its Chicago tenure; insiders in the industry also expect a West End production will be mounted in London.

Tickets for the Chicago production go on sale in the spring of 2016. Congratulations — now you have two cities where you can’t get Hamilton tickets.