The Broadway musical Hamilton is removing #Ham4Ham from its diet.
The weekly series of impromptu mini concerts on the steps of the Richard Rodgers Theatre, where Hamilton is playing, is being discontinued, according to a tweet on the show's Twitter page. The August 31 #Ham4Ham will be the last regularly scheduled live installment and the last in-person lottery.
After tomorrow, we'll be retiring Live #Ham4Ham shows for now. We love seeing your faces every Wednesday, but we have to say goodbye. (3/4)— Hamilton (@HamiltonMusical) August 30, 2016
Started by the show's creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, on July 15, 2015, the #Ham4Ham concerts were designed to help entertain the throngs of people lined up for the show's discount lottery. They often featured stars from other shows, including Patti LuPone, Terrence Mann, Kelli O'Hara, George Takei and Andrew Rannells. Ultimately, more than 100 of the concerts were held. In its year of existence, #Ham4Ham became something of a Broadway tradition—along with huge crowds that often spilled onto West 46th Street.
Offered on an irregular schedule at first, they settled down to being presented every Wednesday and Saturday. When the show's lottery went mostly online in spring 2016, the #Ham4Ham concerts were cut back to Wednesdays only, the one day the lottery was still offered live.
Hamilton replacement cast member Rory O'Malley took over hosting the concerts when Miranda left the show July 9. He is scheduled to host the final live #Ham4Ham August 31. The in-person lotteries will be discontinued, but the show promises that the #Ham4Ham concerts may continue online intermittently: