BREAKING NEWS: THE GREATEST CITY IN THE WORLD can expect to RAISE A GLASS TO FREEDOM once again with Broadway & Live Theater making a long awaited official comeback in 2021!!! Following responses from New York City Governor Andrew Cuomo, talks are possibly being said that…… WAIT FOR IT….. the hottest powerful and groundbreaking phenomenon Hamilton will be the first Broadway show to reopen.
With Live Theater still closed till May 31st, 2021, New York City Governor Andrew Cuomo spoke of the plans to slowly start bringing New York Theaters back starting June 2021 with strictly limited capacity. For Lin-Manuel Miranda's Award winning blockbuster, talks are in discussion to reopen the show at Broadway's Richard Rodgers Theatre either for some time in June or the 4th of July itself in 2021. No official date has been confirmed just yet.
However for many of Broadway's other big shows (long runners, new shows, and new productions that were expecting to open during this abruptly cut short 2019-2020 season), they're expecting to reopen in the Fall of 2021 when they can fill the houses enough to make a profit.
In case anyone may not know or have forgotten, HAMILTON is a hip-hop musical retelling about the life of one of America's founding fathers…. Alexander Hamilton, an instrumental promoter of the U.S. Constitution, founder of the nation's financial system, its first Secretary of the Treasury, and of course, the man on the 10 Dollar Bill. The show features a full score and book by Lin Manuel Miranda and based on Ron Chernow's 2004 best selling biography. Notable songs include ALEXANDER HAMILTON, MY SHOT, THE SCHUYLER SISTERS, YOU'LL BE BACK, SATISFIED, WAIT FOR IT, THE ROOM WHERE IT HAPPENS, BURN, WHO LIVES WHO DIES WHO TELLS YOUR STORY, and more.
HAMILTON was first conceived by Lin Manuel Miranda while he was on vacation from his first big Broadway hit In The Heights. For something to read during his trip laying on the beach, he picked up a book about Alexander Hamilton at the airport. He was so inspired and moved about this man, he thought the story of our founding father would fit really well with Hip-Hop music. Miranda initially wrote the musical as a mixtape concept album entitled THE HAMILTON MIXTAPE. In 2009 while writing the score, Miranda got a call from President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama to perform at the White House Poetry Jam. He originally was going to perform a song from IN THE HEIGHTS but decided to try his new material in front of an audience. In his opening speech, Miranda talked about the new Alexander Hamilton musical he was writing which the audience laughed. However, as soon as he opened his mouth to rap out the opening number of the show, the crowd fell in love. In addition, the performance went viral. Following that performance, Miranda continued to work on the new show with numerous readings and a workshop at the Vassar College Reading Festival in 2013 (which was mostly majority of the first act and only 3 songs from the second act).
Following a set of rewrites and a new name, HAMILTON officially had it's world premiere run Off Broadway at The Public Theater in January 2015. The response during it's opening week was insane, it was extended twice. With everyone wanting to see the show, the producers of the show and Miranda announced that the show was transferring to the Great Bright Way a few months later.
HAMILTON officially arrived on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre (where Miranda previously had his Broadway debut with IN THE HEIGHTS) becoming a groundbreaking phenomenon… it was the hottest show in New York City (and even today) you still couldn't get a ticket. Today, the show continues to sell out and play to packed houses 8 times a week…. that was until March 12th, 2020 when Broadway was shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the direction of Thomas Kail and choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, the cast featured…
Lin Manuel Miranda (later Javier Muñoz, Michael Luwoye, Austin Scott, and currently before COVID Miguel Cervantes) as "Alexander Hamilton",
Renée Elise Goldsberry (later and currently before COVID Mandy Gonzalez) as "Angelica Schuyler",
Christopher Jackson (later Nicholas Christopher, Bryan Terrell Clark, Carvens Lissaint, and currently before COVID Tamar Greene) as "General George Washington",
Okieriete Onaodowan (later J. Quinton Johnson, Wallace Smith, and currently before COVID Fergie L. Phillipe) as "Hercules Mulligan" / "James Madison",
The show made history for a record breaking 16 Tony Awards nominations in 2016 winning 11 including BEST MUSICAL, BEST LEADING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL (for Leslie Odom Jr.), BEST FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL (for Daveed Diggs), BEST FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL (for Renee Elise Goldsberry), BEST BOOK OF A MUSICAL, BEST SCORE (both for Lin Manuel Miranda), and more.
During his speech for BEST SCORE, Miranda did not rap his speeches like he did for IN THE HEIGHTS but instead paid tribute to the victims of the Orlando Nightclub shooting with his now well famous sonnet featuring the quote "Love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love; Cannot be killed or swept aside."
Along with the Tonys, HAMILTON also made history for being one of the few Musicals ever to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It also went on to win glory at the GRAMMYs winning for BEST MUSICAL THEATRE ALBUM for it's acclaimed cast album which also made history as the first cast album ever to make it to # 1 on the Billboard Rap Charts.
Also, before HAMILTON officially opened on the Great Bright Way, the show had a multimillion-dollar advance in ticket sales, reportedly taking in $30 million before its official opening. It also got huge attention for its popular #Ham4Ham Lottery Rush for $10 in the front row. The Live Lottery itself was so popular, 46th Street would be jam packed. It caused a huge fire hazard, they were forced to change to becoming the first Broadway show to create a Digital Lottery.
HAMILTON has already gone on to become a huge global phenomenon with productions all around the world. Along with our Broadway backyard in New York, other companies included….
a 4 year sit-down Chicago company which ran for 1,341 performances in the Windy City's CIBC Theatre,
it's current 3 US National Touring productions (the ANGELICA, PHILLIP, and AND PEGGY companies) which have been still playing across North America,
West End (where it took home glory at the Olivier Awards
winning 8 including BEST NEW MUSICAL) and still playing to packed houses at London's Victoria Palace Theatre,
Upcoming productions will include….
Australia – Coming to Sydney at the Sydney Lyric Theatre beginning March 2021,
the first Non-English speaking production of the show debuting in Hamburg, Germany – With the entire score translated in German.
In addition to its success on stage, HAMILTON has already been so popular during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier this past summer, Disney+ released the filmed performance of the Broadway production starring the original cast. Filmed from the stage of the Richard Rodgers Theatre, it was originally recorded in 2016 during the final weeks before Lin Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr., and Phillipa Soo departed.
Also if you enjoyed HAMILTON, be sure to join us on our Gilbert and Sullivan to Hamilton Walking Tour. We will take you on a fun adventures to some of key noted places mentioned and where the real Alexander Hamilton walked on the face of this earth.
Let's pray, wish, and hope that all goes well so we can finally re-enter THE ROOM WHERE IT HAPPENS!!!!!
Who is excited if all this is true?!!!
The smash hit musical "Hamilton" could make history again by becoming the first show to return to Broadway after the pandemic.
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