It’s happening, Washington. The heavenly event you’ve been praying for.
No — not the Rapture. Then again, for musical theater lovers and history buffs, that’s what this may represent.
The blessed occasion? “Hamilton” is coming to the Kennedy Center.
But wait — don’t reach for the credit card quite yet. The national touring version of the juggernaut Broadway production, which just vacuumed up a record 16 Tony Award nominations, will be a part of the institution’s 2017-2018 season, which begins a year from September, center officials said Tuesday.
And in an unusual strategy that could boost the Kennedy Center’s finances for a couple years to come, if you want a guaranteed shot at securing tickets for “Hamilton,” you’ll have to buy an expensive season subscription — for both the 2016-2017 and the 2017-2018 seasons at the sprawling performing arts complex on the Potomac, according to Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter.
It’s a tactic that could juice enthusiasm for center’s other theatrical offerings — but could also spark a backlash among younger fans who have gravitated to the hip-hop journey through the life of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton but may not have the deep pockets for a full subscription, which will likely begin above $500 the year the musical comes to town.
Single tickets are expected to be made available, but the inventory will depend on the length of the musical’s visit to the center’s 2,362-seat Opera House — and how many are left over after the hoped-for surge in full subscription purchases.
The specific dates for “Hamilton’s” Washington stay have yet to be nailed down. Subscriptions for the 2016-2017 season go on sale May 18 and include priority access for the following season.