In 2009, Lin-Manuel Miranda performed his new song from his new musical in the works at the White House Correspondents Dinner. This song was a rap about one of our founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton. The audience laughed, but 6 years later Hamilton: The Musical opened on Broadway and changed musical theater forever. Hamilton is a hip-hop musical, meaning the story of Alexander Hamilton and the foundation of our country is told through rap and R&B song styles by a very racially diverse cast. The show is unlike anything else you have ever seen, and critics and fans alike, love it. Hamilton shattered records, it was nominated for 16 Tony Awards in 2016 and won 11 of those, including Best Musical, Best Original Score, Best Book for a Musical, and Best Direction (among others). Now Hamilton has five sit down productions in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, London and Sydney respectively; and two United States tour casts.
One of these tours, is making a stop at our very own Overture Center for the Arts this November. The Hamilton cast that is coming to Madison is led by Joseph Morales playing the titular role. Morales has been in three previous national tours, including playing the lead role, Usnavi, in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first show In the Heights. Nik Walker will be playing Aaron Burr, Hamilton’s bitter rival. Walker was previously on Broadway in Hamilton, and has also been seen as a guest on “Law and Order: SVU.”
Hamilton will run November 19-December 8 at Overture Center for the Arts. If you or your family want to get tickets, the general public can purchase tickets starting Saturday, September 28th, at 8 am for in person and 10 am for online purchases. Tickets will go quickly, so be prompt. However, if you don’t want to buy tickets right away, or the price is too high, there are a few ways to still try and see the show. The Overture Center offers student rush tickets for most Broadway shows, and more details about this will be announced as it gets closer, if these tickets will be available. There will also be a ticket lottery to win cheaper tickets for Hamilton, and you can look for more information about that at Overture’s website, overture.org or on their Facebook (Overture Center for the Arts) or Instagram (@overturecenter). Don’t throw away your shot to see this blockbuster hit musical!
By Eliana Sauer