Hamilton Benefit Performance Raises $1.5 Million in Financial Aid for Students at Wesleyan University

News   Hamilton Benefit Performance Raises $1.5 Million in Financial Aid for Students at Wesleyan University
 
Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote the Tony Award-winning musical In the Heights during his sophomore year at Wesleyan University, helped the next generation of musical theatre writers when his current hit, Hamilton, played a benefit performance Oct. 2 to set up four Hamilton Scholarships at the school.

The performance at Broadway's Richard Rodgers Theatre was bought out by Tony Award-winning producer (and mother of two Wesleyan alumni) Carole Shorenstein Hays. Attendees included Wesleyan alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students and friends. Through sales of 1,275 tickets, plus additional sponsorships, Wesleyan raised $1.5 million, most of which will go toward establishing the four Hamilton Scholarships. Recipients were invited to attend the Oct. 2 performance.

After the show, a party was thrown at the Edison Ballroom for audience members with composer/lyricist/librettist Miranda (Class of '02) and director Thomas Kail ('99) and other members of the cast.

Also honored at the event was Gilbert Parker (’48), Wesleyan’s first theatre major and a talent agent at William Morris who has mentored Miranda, Kail and many other aspiring theatre professionals. Part of the event’s proceeds will enlarge the existing Gilbert Parker ’48 Wesleyan Scholarship.

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