'Hamilton' sets Broadway opening for summer
Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical about the titular founding father, is going to Broadway, The Public Theater announced today.
The show is currently playing to critical raves at The Public, where its run has been extended now through May 3. Come July 13, however, it will start performances at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway, most recently home to If/Then, which closes in March. The Richard Rodgers was also where Lin-Manuel Miranda’s debut Broadway musical, In the Heights, played. Hamilton will officially open on Broadway Aug. 6.
“Hamilton has burst on the world in a blaze that has amazed and delighted all of us at The Public. We have never experienced such ticket demand, or such wild enthusiasm from our audiences,” Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis said in a statement. “Lin-Manuel Miranda’s retelling of our nation’s founding tells the story of a country that truly belongs to all of us.”
The announcement means the musical will not compete at this year’s Tonys, which air June 7.
Hamilton is inspired by Ron Chernow’s biography, and as was the case with the Tony-winning In The Heights, Hamilton‘s score has hip-hop elements. EW called the show—which was written by Miranda who also stars as the title character—”amazing, thrillingly multi-layered.”
To get a taste, here’s Miranda performing the show’s opening at the White House in 2009.