Sunday, July 31, 2016


With the Tony hype starting to calm down weeks after the awards, New York’s Broadway preps itself for the summer and the expected wave of tourists eager to catch – or re-watch – one of the 32 currently running shows, and on the 5 th week of the 2016-17 theatre season they have grossed between them $28.9 million, with a total audience attendance of 273,633.

One of these big musical hits currently performing at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, is the unexpectedly successful “Hamilton”, which had swept up a tidy eleven awards at this year’s Tony Awards last June 12. Not bad for a recent production that debuted off-Broadway only last year, but now has secured for itself a spot along the Great White Way with a critical and popular acclaim that shoots ever higher like a rocket with no signs of stopping. Forbes reports that at the latest, an aficionado would have better luck winning the jackpot at a lottery than get a ticket for a “Hamilton” performance, no thanks to its astoundingly long waiting list that is a sure indication of the musical’s great appeal.

Based on the colorful life of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, the musical, adapted for the stage by Lin-Manuel Miranda from a biography by Ron Chernow, follows Hamilton from the days leading

up to the American Revolution, his role as George Washington’s aide, his later political career, his troubled marriage to Eliza Schuyler, and his eventual quarrel with Aaron Burr that led to the fateful duel where he set himself to die.

Although really, “Hamilton” the musical is remarkably solid enough to keep seats filled for every performance. We’re talking about a 102% theater capacity standing-room- only crowd of 10,732. All in all its earnings for this week amount to a tidy $2,007,222, beaten out only by the venerable “The Lion King” at $2,007,222.

Other productions outside Broadway include one at Chicago later this year, with a National tour and another production at London’s West End in 2017. And while Lin-Manuel Mendoza himself is soon to exit from his creation, things seem certain that “Hamilton” has got what it takes to run and run long.

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