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CHICAGO'S VERY OWN BROADWAY SENSATION!

The biggest Broadway show since The Book of Mormon has landed in Chicago, for an open ended run at the CIBC Theatre. Written by Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton is a vital piece of American culture, tearing up the musical theatre rulebook with a score that is equal parts Sondheim and Notorious B.I.G., and a cast of ethnically diverse actors in the roles of the Founding Fathers. The story centers on Alexander Hamilton, one of our most important (and colorful) characters, who rose from his humble orphaned beginnings to play a major role in making America the country it is today.

Hamilton made its New York debut Off-Broadway at the Public Theater in 2015, where it was met with universal acclaim and was extended three times due to public demand. It lost none of its potency in the subsequent Broadway transfer, with Ben Brantley of the New York Times writing it was "changing the language of musicals". In 2016, It was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and scooped 11 Tony Awards.

WHAT IS HAMILTON ABOUT?

One of the Founding Fathers, Alexander Hamilton's story is an extraordinary one. Born out of wedlock in the West Indies, and orphaned by the time he was 11, he arrived in New Jersey in 1772 to begin his grammar school education. From there he played a major role in the American revolutionary war, rising through the ranks to become an aide to George Washington. But that was only the beginning of the great man's story, with the proceeding chapters in his life taking in everything from sex scandals, fatal duels and the creation of the American Constitution.

DID YOU KNOW?

Hamilton didn't just conquer the stage, it took over the airwaves too! Its Grammy nominated Cast Recording was the highest charting album of its kind since 1963!

READ OUR REVIEW OF HAMILTON HERE!

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Dates

Performance date: 1 January 1970

Audience

Recommended for ages 12+

Run time

Two hours and 30 minutes, including intermission

And before you stop reading

Images and Video are taken from the Broadway production

Cast and Creative

Cast

Miguel Cervantes as Alexander Hamilton
Daniel Breaker as Aaron Burr
Jonathan Kirkland as George Washington
Karen Olivo as Angelica Schuyler
Montego Glover as Angelica Schuyler (form early Sep - dates TBA)
Alexander Gemignani as King George III
Ari Afsar as Eliza Hamilton
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

Ensemble: Sam Aberman, Jose Amore, Amber Ardolino, Remmie Bourgeois, Chloe 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

Creative

Book, Music & Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda
Inspired by the book 'Alexander Hamilton' by Ron Chernow
Directed by Thomas Kail
Choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler
Scenic Design by David Korins
Sound Design by Nevin Steinberg
Costume Design by Paul Tazewell
Lighting Design by Howell Binkley

Awards

Pulitzer Prize for Drama

Recipient of the prestigious 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

2016 Tony Award Wins

Best Musical
Best Book of A Musical - Lin Manuel Miranda
Best Original Score - Lin Manuel Miranda
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical - Leslie Odom Jr.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical - Daveed Diggs
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical - Renee Elise Goldsberry
Best Costume Design of a Musical - Paul Tazewellbest
Best Lighting Design of a Musical - Howell Binkley
Best Direction of a Musical - Thomas Kail
Best Choreography - Andy Blackenbuehler
Best Orchestrations - Alex Lacamoire

2016 Tony Award Nominations

Best Musical
Best Book of A Musical - Lin Manuel Miranda
Best Original Score - Lin Manuel Miranda
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical - Lin Manuel Miranda
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical - Leslie Odom Jr.
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical - Phillipa Soo
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical - Jonathan Groff
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical - Christopher Jackson
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical - Daveed Diggs
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical - Renee Elise Goldsberry
Best Scenic Design of a Musical - David Korins
Best Costume Design of a Musical - Paul Tazewellbest
Best Lighting Design of a Musical - Howell Binkley
Best Direction of a Musical - Thomas Kail
Best Choreography - Andy Blackenbuehler
Best Orchestrations - Alex Lacamoire

DRAMA DESK AWARDS

Outstanding Musical
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical - Renee Elise Goldsberry
Outstanding Director of a Musical - Thomas Kail
Outstanding Music - Lin-Manuel Miranda
Outstanding Lyrics - Lin-Manuel Miranda
Outstanding Book of a Musical - Lin-Manuel Miranda

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What we thought

BRILLIANT unforgettable Game-changing

Hamilton truly is an American musical for every American

My turn to experience this theatrical tour de force came a few weeks into the Chicago run... But how does one even start to review a musical so iconic it's already spawned its very own Off-Broadway satire show.

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