Hamilton is an inspiring and fun American musical about the life of founding father Alexander Hamilton. This musical lets you experience the early days of the nation through pop, soul, showtunes, rhythm and blues and hip-hop. The musical uses creative costume design that is historically influenced and symbolic. For instance, the use of plain, off-white cloth is representative of parchment paper. The play is filled with further symbolism in the music, dialogue and set design that adds extra layers of depth to the story and its impact on the audience. Hamilton continues to delight audiences in the United States and around the globe through touring and resident companies.
An Award-Winning Experience
The inspiration for the musical was the book Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. Hamilton does more than tell the story of Alexander Hamilton and the founding fathers; it brings new perspectives and presents the story in an entertaining way that appeals to audiences of all ages. It is not surprising that Hamilton has amassed a long list of awards since its first 2015 performance. Some of its awards include Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Choreography, Best Costume Design of a Musical and Best Lighting Design of a Musical. It also won the Pulitzer Prize in 2016 for drama.
Where can I buy Hamilton tickets?
The Hamilton tour schedule travels around the country, and StubHub has tickets for these performances.
Where will the Hamilton tour stop in Buffalo?
The Hamilton tour schedule is updated regularly, and many different places in New York are on the list of stops, including Buffalo's Shea's Performing Arts Center in the city's downtown theater district.
Where was Hamilton first performed?
Hamilton was first performed in February of 2015 at the Off-Broadway Public Theater. In August of 2015, it was transferred to Broadway's Richard Rodgers Theater where it was an immediate hit.
Who wrote Hamilton?
The play was written by Lin-Manuel Miranda after reading Chernow’s 2004 biography. Miranda found that there was already a play titled Alexander Hamilton that was written in 1917, so he first released the project under the name The Hamilton Mixtape in 2009. He was invited to perform at the White House Evening of Poetry, Music and Spoken Word. He performed his first song from the play. In 2016, Miranda received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
How many acts are in the play?
The play is in two acts. The play begins with the orphan, Alexander Hamilton, on the Island of Nevis where he meets characters such as Aaron Burr, John Laurens, Hercules Mulligan and Marquis de Layfayette. The background of his life as an orphan is set with the opening song. His military career begins, and the stage is set for revolution. You can follow the action, as the founding fathers set he stage revolution and the birth of a new nation. Act I ends shortly after the victory at Yorktown. Act II begins with Thomas Jefferson’s return as an Ambassador to France. The action intensified as the political alliances build and fall among the leaders. The play ends with a remorseful Aaron Burr reflecting on the historical memory of Hamilton and his legacy.
How many musical numbers are in the play?
Act I has 24 songs, and Act II has 23 songs for a total of 47 numbers in all. The numbers represent an impressive resume of styles and performers. Some of the most iconic songs include, "The Story of Tonight," "You'll Be Back," "The World Was Wide Enough" and "My Shot." The opening song is a rap song titled "Alexander Hamilton" which gives a brief background of Hamilton's life and sets the stage for the story.Back to Top