Hamilton in Chicago: Tour, Schedule, Tickets and more...
Hamilton, an American musical, is a classic story that doesn’t require any introduction. It is a sing-and-rap musical that tells the story of Alexander Hamilton. The music, lyrics, and the play by Lin-Manuel Miranda are all inspired by Ron Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton biography. Now running in theaters across the city, you can purchase tickets for Hamilton in Chicago below...
The musical debuted at The Public Theater in 2015 with a sold-out engagement. It was nominated for 14 Drama Desk Awards and won eight of them in 2015. The production transferred to Richard Rodgers Theater in August 2015. It had sixteen nominations in 2016 and won eleven of them. The musical also won the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album and the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. To find out when the next musical is happening, check out our Chicago Hamilton schedule.
The Chicago production of Hamilton officially opened in October 2016 at the CIBC Theater. It received strongly positive reviews and will be closing doors on January 5, 2020. All productions have been relatively successful. Part of the reason for this is the songs, which bring new energy and life to the story. The Original Broadway cast album debuted at number 12 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. It peaked at number 3 on the same chart and number 1 on the Billboard Rap albums chart.
Lin-Manuel Miranda started working on this musical after reading a few chapters of Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. During his research, he discovered that the stage musical of Hamilton’s life had been performed on Broadway in 1917. George Arliss starred as Hamilton. Thus began a project titled dubbed The Hamilton Mixtape. On May 12, 2009, Lin-Manuel performed a song from the mixtape, which later became Hamilton’s opening number. He spent another year working on My Shot, another song from the show. On July 13, 2013, Miranda performed a workshop production of The Hamilton Mixtape, directed by Thomas Kail and musically directed by Alex Lacaimore.
The New York Post dubbed the show an achievement of historical and cultural reimagining. Both the set and costumes are a reflection of the period, complete with knee britches and velvet coats. This is a mostly sung and rapped-through musical, meaning there is very little dialogue isolated outside the musical scope.
The cast is incredibly diverse, with black and Hispanic actors representing white historical figures. Miranda explained that this is a deliberate representation of today’s America. Using actors of color in place of old dead white men makes the story more accessible and immediate to the contemporary audience.
Hamilton revolves around the life story of Alexander Hamilton and his mark on American politics. As such, the pro-immigration message is at the forefront of the musical. Hamilton’s immigrant status is referenced throughout the musical, along with his prowess and virtue to foster positive immigrants. Casting Black, White, Hispanic, and Asians as leads not only shows the irrelevance of the Founding Fathers’ whiteness claim to America but also showcases the country as a nation of immigrants.
Are you looking for tickets for Hamilton in Chicago? Check out our schedule below and order a ticket on a date that’s convenient for you. Why not reserve a seat for your loved ones as well? Together, you will enjoy the story of one of America’s founding fathers told by a diverse cast with exciting styles of music!