The first post-Broadway production of Hamilton, the megahit musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda, begins performances September 27 at The PrivateBank Theatre in Chicago. Tony Award winner Karen Olivo, Tony nominee Joshua Henry and Miguel Cervantes are among the production’s stars.
With book, music and lyrics by Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and music supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.
The cast is led by Cervantes as Alexander Hamilton, Tony Award nominee Henry as Aaron Burr, Tony Award winner Olivo as Angelica Schuyler, Ari Afsar as Eliza Hamilton, Alexander Gemignani as King George III, Chris Lee as Marquis De Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson, Joseph Morales as Cervantes’ Alternate, Jose Ramos as John Laurens/Phillip Hamilton, Wallace Smith as Hercules Mulligan/James Madison, Samantha Marie Ware as Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds and Jonathan Kirkland as George Washington.
Rounding out the cast are Sam Aberman, Jose Amore, Amber Ardolino, Remmie Bourgeois, Chloë Campbell, Joseph Chaikin, Carl Clemons-Hopkins, John Michael Fiumara, Jean Godsend Floradin, Aaron Gordon, Jin Ha, Holly James, Malik Kitchen, Colby Lewis, Dashi Mitchell, Justice Moore, Samantha Pollino, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Gabriella Sorrentino and Aubin Wise.
Hamilton, according to press notes, “is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War, and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and Broadway, Hamilton is the story of America then, told by America now.”
The musical won 11 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Score, Book of a Musical, Direction of a Musical, Choreography and Orchestrations. Miranda received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Hamilton.
The production will offer a day-of digital lottery, in which 44 day-of-show tickets will be sold for every performance for $10 each. Seat locations vary per performance; some seats will be located in the front row and the boxes. Read more on how to enter here.
Before Hamilton landed on Broadway, creator and original star Miranda sat down with his father Luis A. Miranda, Jr. to talk about where his love for theatre began. Read that interview here.