Tony winner Lin-Manuel Miranda announced August 22 that he is auctioning off two house seats to the Chicago opening of Hamilton, plus an invite for two to the opening-night party and a meeting with the man himself.
Interested bidders can place their offers in an online auction powered by Charitybuzz. The winning bid will support the onePULZE foundation, the official nonprofit organization from the owners of Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, FL. Funds donated to the charity provide financial aid to victims affected by the June 12 mass shooting at the venue.
Through the end of this year, 90 percent of the contributions raised will go to the National Compassion Fund, and the remaining will go directly to the creation of a memorial at the Pulse nightclub location.
The auction is open through September 8. The estimated value of the prize is set at $20,000. At the time of publication, the highest bid was $4,001.
On the day of the June tragedy, Miranda’s Hamilton earned 11 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The Tony Awards broadcast began with a tribute to the victims of the attack from host James Corden. The performance by the cast of Hamilton during the broadcast did not include the musket props that typically are seen in the Broadway production.
The Chicago production of Hamilton officially opens October 19. Performances begin September 27. The cast includes Miguel Cervantes as Alexander Hamilton, Tony nominee Joshua Henry as Aaron Burr, Tony winner Karen Olivo as Angelica Schuyler and Alexander Gemignani as King George III.
Written by Tony winner Miranda, the show features direction by Tony winner Thomas Kail, choreography by Tony winner Andy Blankenbuehler, orchestrations and musical direction by Alex Lacamoire, scenic design by Tony nominee David Korins, lighting design by Tony winner Howell Binkley, costume design by Tony winner Paul Tazewell and sound design by Tony nominee Nevin Steinberg.
A touring production begins a 21-week run in San Francisco in March 2017 and continues on to a 21-week engagement in Los Angeles. Plans have been announced for a London production in 2017.
Also in support of the victims of the Orlando shooting, Miranda and other Broadway celebrities recorded “What the World Needs Now Is Love.” Proceeds from each download of the recording support the cause: