Lin-Manuel Miranda, the touring company of the Broadway blockbuster, Hamilton, was on his way back to Cincinnati for a second time at the Aronoff Art Center in downtown. It will perform on stage from September 6th to October. 2.
The show, which tells the story of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, created a revolutionary moment in theaters. This is the story of our country more than two centuries ago, but now told by America. The 19 cast — nearly all black and brown performers — are fueled by a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway. Hamilton Had a profound impact on culture and politics, far beyond most Broadway musicals.
The term “blockbuster” repeatedly describes the work, and it makes sense. Alexander Hamilton, the first U.S. Treasury Secretary, would be surprised that the story he told on stage recovered his $12.5 million investment less than a year after his 2015 debut. It’s an astonishing feat, as most Broadway shows don’t get back the money that investors put in. Aside from the pandemic disruption (everything on Broadway is closed from March 2020 to September 2021), Hamilton Broadway shows keep selling out. It reopened a year ago and continues to sell at an incredible rate, with nearly 3 million people already participating. It has raked in more than $1 billion through theatrical performances, recording and streaming platforms.
In addition to the Broadway production, there are two touring companies that shuttle across the United States and Canada. When tickets for the first San Francisco tour went on sale in 2016, more than 110,000 tickets were sold in 24 hours.
That company will put on a production in Aronoff as complex as the Richard Rogers Theater on Broadway. It required 14 truckloads of cargo and a core team of more than 60 touring actors, crew and musicians. Each tour has the goods and talent to replicate the original show’s choreography, revolving around a pair of concentric turntables on stage. The trip had two portable sets so that one could be assembled before the next stop (Aronoff’s company arrived here two days after Toledo closed; two days after finishing here, it would be up and running in Columbus).
The Cincinnati Station will feature 32 shows over the 4-week run—one more week and eight more shows than the 2019 show. Many shows may sell out (tickets go on sale May 19). Prices range from $59 to $179, with a select number of premium tickets starting at $249. Aronoff’s Procter & Gamble Hall has 2,700 seats with a total attendance of approximately 86,400.
During local performances, special attention was paid to choreography—the work of the talented Cincinnati Andy Blankenbuehler, a St. Xavier High School graduate.
All of these successes are for good reason. Hamilton Has won nearly every possible theater award, including the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It swept the 2016 Tony Awards with 16 nominations and 11 wins, including Best Musical, Best Musical Book, Best Original Score, Best Costume Design for a Musical, and more.
The original cast of the show was recorded in 2016 at billboard 200 album charts, since west side story 1963 soundtrack. It went on to win the 2016 Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album. It has sold over 3 million copies and is a “Triple Platinum”.
Hamilton In July 2020, the Broadway-produced video expanded its reach when it was broadcast on the Disney+ platform. In two weeks, it was viewed 2.7 million times, compared to 2.6 million who attended 2,000 Broadway shows.
What initially sounded like a joke to many, what’s behind the enthusiasm for a hip-hop musical about America’s founding fathers?Here’s the backstory, as Miranda told CNBC in 2017: Miranda took an 832-page copy of biographer Ron Chernow’s 832-page copy on vacation in 2008 Alexander Hamilton He found it in the airport bookstore. The Broadway star was immediately struck by Hamilton’s early life, having had a child out of wedlock on St. Croix, orphaned and transplanted to a revolution brewing in New York City. Hamilton eventually died in the duel.In an interview in 2015 The New Yorker, Miranda noticed similarities between Hamilton and rapper Tupac Shakur. The words poured out of Hamilton, unlike Shakur, who was shot in 1996. The seeds of Miranda’s extraordinary musical have been sown, and just like Hamilton and Tupac, words poured out of Miranda.
In fact, in the original cast recording, there were 20,520 words. At 2 hours and 23 minutes, that means the music averages 144 words per minute (at the tempo of a typical Broadway show, it would take nearly 6 hours to play that many words). Marquis de Lafayette’s “Guns and Ships” blazed at 6.3 words per second, and Angelica Schuyler’s “Satisfied” played at 5 words per second.
A word of advice: If you haven’t seen the show, tape the cast ahead of time. This way, you’ll get more out of your live performance.
and HamiltonIn the Broadway production, there will be a “HAM4HAM” lottery ticket offering 40 lucky winners a $10 seat to each show – inspired by the face of Hamilton on the $10 bill. For more information, visit hamiltonmusical.com/lottery.
even if you have seen Hamilton, it’s worth returning, especially for live performances. When the tour took place in Cincinnati in 2019, it was as good as the original Broadway production.
Hamilton It runs from September 6th to October. 2 The Aronoff Art Center at 650 Walnut Street in the city center. Information: cincinnatiarts.org.
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