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Broadway coup: 'Hamilton' coming to ASU Gammage

Show that marries the story of Alexander Hamilton and hip-hop hailed as revolutionary


"Hamilton"
February 14, 2016

The hottest show to hit Broadway in years is coming to Arizona State University — "Hamilton" will set up shop in ASU Gammage during its 2017-18 Broadway season.

Exact dates haven't been finalized, but this will be the first national tour for the show that has become the biggest sensation on Broadway since "The Book of Mormon" debuted in 2011. Created by Lin-Manuel Miranda, "Hamilton" explores the story of founding father Alexander Hamilton as told through the prism of hip-hop and bombastic dancing. Though it doesn't rely on historical accuracy, no one seems to care as the show has been a critical darling and the most sought-after ticket on Broadway.

“ 'Hamilton' is a transcendent piece of musical theatre that redefines the genre, and we are ecstatic for this innovative and ground-breaking work to come to ASU," said Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, executive director for ASU Gammage and associate vice president cultural affairs for ASU who also is a Tony award voter.

So, the natural next question is, "How do you get tickets?" The on-sale date hasn't been announced yet, but there is a way to ensure you'll have a seat to see "Hamilton." People who purchase season tickets to Gammage's 2016-17 Broadway series will be able to guarantee their seats for the Tempe premiere of "Hamilton" before tickets are available to the public. The 2016-17 Broadway series will be announced on March 21.

And if you just can't wait to see "Hamilton," you can catch a glimpse of the show at 6 p.m. Feb. 15 during the telecast of the Grammy awards show on CBS when Miranda and the cast will be performing a number from the show. That the Grammys, which usually ignores Broadway fanfare, is including "Hamilton" is another testament to the show's allure. 

"It’s such a radically innovative show, because of the use of hip-hop music,” Kenneth Ehrlich, executive producer of the Grammys show, told the Los Angeles Times recently. “I was reading things about it before I ever saw it. Credible writers were saying this show has changed the face of Broadway musical theater. I know we’ve all read that before. ... But when you see this show, even though you have a few references to what Broadway musicals have been, you’re basically wiping the slate clean and you’re looking at something so totally different than what you’ve seen. And it’s good different."

And it's coming to ASU Gammage. Check back with ASU Now for updates on tickets and performance dates.

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