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Listen up, #HAMILTONpublic fans. We’ve got your very first look at the show - check it out. 

Hamilton Musical Has Been Extended!

Just announced this afternoon: the Hamilton Musical has received a third extension at the Public Theater, now playing through May 3rd.

You can buy tickets online here (although there was so much activity following the announcement that the website had crashed, so if you don’t get in right away, be patient!).

Also, the Hamilton musical was the feature of another article in a major publication - “‘Hamilton’ Is the Hottest Ticket in New York” from the Wall Street Journal:

From left, Anthony Ramos, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Okieriete Onaodowan, and Daveed Diggs in rehearsal for ‘Hamilton’ PHOTO: JOAN MARCUS

 “Hamilton,” a hip-hop influenced musical about the life of Alexander Hamilton at New York’s Public Theater, has quickly become the buzziest show of the spring, with a sold-out run off-Broadway, ecstatic tweets from tastemakers, and a likely Broadway transfer—all before it’s even opened…

…The mobile-ticket site, Today Tix, has between 1,500 and 2,000 entries daily for a lottery to two tickets offered for $10 each. Sporadic tickets are available on StubHub for exorbitant fees: a single ticket is listed for $650 for this Saturday.

A demigod of the old guard even gave his stamp of approval on Twitter Monday:
“Just seen #Hamilton; it raises & changes the bar for musicals. Brilliant lyrics, staging, cast. Creator/lead @Lin_Manuel is special. ALW.” tweeted Andrew Lloyd Webber, whose musicals “Cats” and “Phantom of the Opera” changed the look and sound of Broadway when they premiered in the 1980s….

…The show, which is produced by the Public in partnership with commercial producers Jeffrey Seller, Sander Jacobs, and Jill Furman, had a series of workshops last year which were attended by “probably everybody in the whole industry,” said one person affiliated with the show. “They all walked out saying, ‘Oh my God, look at this.’”…

…The show’s score incorporates a host of musical theater traditions along with rap—Notorious B.I.G. is sampled, along with lines from Rodgers and Hammerstein. The Founding Fathers and Aaron Burr are played by African Americans to underscore the diverse American experience. Tommy Kail, Mr. Miranda’s longtime collaborator, directs, and choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler sets the chaotic founding of the country to dance.

“It shouldn’t work, but it does,” says Broadway actor and composer Jeff Blumenkrantz, who caught the Sunday matinee. “Historical biography is usually so dry. This is sexy and exciting and compelling.” (Read full article)

*Note: The AHA! blog was created to share and explorecontemporary discussion of Alexander Hamilton. This material is shared in that light. The Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society does not guarantee that the information contained in third-party material is accurate.

What Lin is doing is taking the vernacular of the streets and elevating it to verse. That is what hip-hop is, and that is what iambic pentameter was. Lin is telling the story of the founding of his country in such a way as to make everyone present feel they have a stake in their country. In heightened verse form, Shakespeare told England’s national story to the audience at the Globe, and helped make England England—helped give it its self-consciousness. That is exactly what Lin is doing with ‘Hamilton.’ By telling the story of the founding of the country through the eyes of a bastard, immigrant orphan, told entirely by people of color, he is saying, ‘This is our country. We get to lay claim to it.’
—  Oskar Eustis, in this article
World Premiere of Hamilton Musical

Tomorrow, January 20th, is the first performance of the musical Hamilton at the Public Theater in New York City, so we’re bringing you lots of updates on the show to celebrate the show’s official opening.

Advertising for Hamilton. (Photo Credit: Betsy Struxness)

The buzz on Hamilton:

Hamilton, with the books, musical, and lyrics by Grammy, Tony, and Emmy award-winning Lin-Manuel Miranda, is already a hugely anticipated show. In TheaterMania’s “5 Predictions for Theater in 2015,” it writes about Hamilton -

Prediction: Hamilton Mints a Fresh New Pulitzer Prize

At this point, only a select few have seen Lin-Manuel Miranda’s latest musical Hamilton — in the form of a workshop — but even a month before it opens at the Public Theater, it’s already being hailed as a game-changer. After brilliantly reinventing the genre with his Tony-winning In the Heights, Miranda’s at it again, utilizing musical styles like rap and hip-hop to explore the life of founding father Alexander Hamilton as one of American’s many immigrants who made good. (After all, our first-ever Secretary of the Treasury was an orphan of the British West Indies before coming to the North American colonies.) For Heights, Miranda became a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and we predict that he’ll take home that prize (with a slew of others, too) for this groundbreaking reexamination of history, which is poised to change the face of musical theater.

That’s a pretty exciting prediction, and we wish the musical lots of success!

The Lacamorchestra IS IN THE BUILDING. #HamiltonPublic pic.twitter.com/Xoe2QzyfxP

— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel)

January 16, 2015

Putting Hamilton into motion:

Though the choreographer for Hamilton has worked with Lin-Manuel Miranda before, he faced some interesting challenges with Miranda’s latest project. From Dance Magazine, “10 Minutes With Andy Blankenbuehler” -

Just when you think you know Andy Blankenbuehler, the choreographer takes on a completely unexpected project. After winning a Tony for In the Heights, he brought high-flying cheerleading stunts to Bring It On: The Musical, and worked with children in Annie. Next up is a musical about Alexander Hamilton. But Hamilton, written by In the Heights creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, is not your typical period piece. The story of the American Revolution will be told through rapping founding fathers and a krumping army. Hamilton runs at New York City’s The Public Theater, January 20–March 22. [now extended to April 5th]

What did you think when you were first told about the show?
It’s a crazy concept—I didn’t know what Lin was doing. But I went to a concert that he did of songs from the show, and it was thrilling. In school, I never liked history, but here I was leaning forward in my chair and loving it.

How will a story about Alexander Hamilton work in a modern context?
It’s really an immigrant story. I had never really absorbed the fact that America didn’t exist at that point—we were all disparate immigrants who came together and decided to form something. It’s the founding fathers and it’s the American Revolution, but the whole musical is contemporary. During the workshop, it felt like we were doing a new version of something like Les Mis. It’s about people who wanted to make a change.

What will the movement look like?
There are no scenes—it’s 2 hours and 45 minutes of music—and I pretty much choreographed the whole thing. There’s some pretty intense hip-hop—heavy, like krumping, violent hip-hop. There’s a lot of pantomime, really bold and chiseled. We break all kinds of rules: change time signatures, make things go fast, make things go in slow motion. As the show goes on, different styles come in, like hot contemporary jazz.

What’s been most challenging about choreographing Hamilton?
The Battle of Yorktown and the Revolutionary War are huge in scale—tens of thousands of people fighting and dying, extraordinary drama. I can’t capture that onstage with 12 people. So I had to figure out how to be really stylized. The American soldiers will never have guns in the Battle of Yorktown—it’s a pantomime. And there’s one whole battle sequence where you only see the Americans. Then another with only the British. [Read full article]

Tickets to the musical Hamilton. (Photo Credit: Nicole Scholet)

How you can get tickets to see the show:

1. Attend the February 5th showing of Hamilton and you’ll be supporting the Morris-Jumel Mansion, the oldest house in Manhattan, in a special fundraising performance for the house’s 250th anniversary. Plus, you can enjoy a cocktail hour and a special talkback session with Lin-Manuel Miranda. Buy tickets here.

2. Because the musical was sold-out and still facing high demand, Hamilton has received a SECOND extension of two weeks at the Public Theater and will now be running through April 5th. Hurry because tickets will likely go fast.You can buy them at the Public Theater website here.

3. Get discounted tickets through special lotteries. From Public Theater:

FREE FIRST PREVIEW

Free tickets to the first preview on Tuesday, January 20 will be available via TodayTix mobile lottery. Winners will be notified by email and push notifications between 12pm and 4pm on the day of the first preview. Winners must confirm their winning tickets in the TodayTix app within one hour of being notified. A limited number of tickets will also be distributed, beginning at 12pm, via lottery in the lobby of The Public Theater at Astor Place at 425 Lafayette Street. [more info here]

HAMILTON FOR A HAMILTON

In addition to the free first preview “Free for All” Initiative, The Public and TodayTix will offer “Hamilton for a Hamilton” ($10), furthering the innovative new partnership with TodayTix and The Public’s ongoing commitment to making theater accessible to everyone. During the run of HAMILTON, a pair of tickets will be available for each performance for $10 per ticket, beginning on January 21. The lottery will begin each day at midnight for the performance that same day, and entries will be accepted until winners are notified three to four hours before show time. Winners will make the payment in the TodayTix app and collect the tickets at the box office.

$20 TICKET LOTTERY

A limited number of $20 tickets, subject to availability, will be distributed via a lottery in the lobby of The Public Theater. 

EVENING PERFORMANCES: Sign up for the lottery will begin two and a half hours prior to the performance time. The lottery will be drawn two hours prior to performances.

MATINEE PERFORMANCES: Sign up for the lottery will begin one and a half hours prior to the performance time. The lottery will be drawn one hour prior to performances.

These tickets are $20, cash only, with a limit of two tickets per person.

Are you planning to see the musical Hamilton?  Let the AHA Society know about it through email at contact@the-aha-society.com or on Twitter.

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*Note: The AHA! blog was created to share and explore contemporary discussion of Alexander Hamilton. This material is shared in that light. The Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society does not guarantee that the information contained in third-party links is accurate.