Musical Phenomenon 'Hamilton' Makes its Way to Wisconsin
By Stephanie Harte
Photo Credit: Photo Courtesy of Overture Center for the Arts
Wisconsin theatre fans rejoice! Both the Overture Center and Marcus Center announced today that the Broadway smash hit Hamilton will make its way to Madison and Milwaukee as part of the theaters’ 2019-20 seasons.
Hamilton has been critically acclaimed since first premiering off-Broadway in 2015, where it sold out its entire first engagement and made the shift to Broadway’s main strip within months. The hip-hop-infused musical went on to dominate at the 2016 Tony Awards, receiving a record-breaking 16 nominations and taking home 11 of those wins, including Best Musical, and Best Actor in a Musical for Leslie Odom Jr.
Hamilton is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War. The musical is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Hamilton and is notorious for being one of the hottest tickets in town—with creator Lin-Manuel Miranda's last performance in the title role in 2016 reportedly going for $10,000 a seat.
The production features book, music and lyrics by Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and musical direction and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire.
Here’s what we know about the Wisconsin premieres so far:
- Both Overture and Marcus Center recommend purchasing a seven-show Broadway season subscription to guarantee a seat for Hamilton.
- Subscribers who renew their subscription for the 2019-20 season will be able to guarantee their seats for the premiere engagement before tickets become available to the general public.
- Information regarding engagement dates and how to purchase groups and single tickets will be announced at a later time.
- You can be the first to know when tickets go on sale by signing up for Overture’s email list at overture.org or the Marcus Center’s list at marcuscenter.org.
Good luck and “Don’t throw away your shot” Madison and Milwaukee!