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Arts and Entertainment

Insanely Popular Hip-Hop Musical 'Hamilton' Is Heading To Hollywood

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The historical hip-hop musical Hamilton, one of the hottest tickets on Broadway, is finally heading to a stage in Hollywood, but not until 2017.The critically-acclaimed show, based on the American Revolution and the first Treasury secretary Alexander Hamilton, will open at the Pantages Theatre on August 11, 2017, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The show will run at the Hollywood theater until December 30, 2017. And while those dates may seem like a long way off, the show has been one of the hardest tickets to get in New York—even inspiring some crazy counterfeit schemes—and will likely be a big hit here, too.

Created by Lin-Manuel Miranda, who brought In The Heights to the Pantages in 2010, the show blends rap, jazz, R&B and blues to tell the story of the Federalist founding father. The script is inspired by Ron Chernow's 2004 biography of Hamilton, and is directed by Thomas Kail. Far from the cringe-inducing efforts of some high schools to make history "cool," the musical has drawn extensive praise for its passion and ability to bring the story to life in a contemporary way without being awkward. And while this national tour has not yet been cast, the Broadway production features non-traditional casting with a multicultural ensemble playing the large array of historical figures, including Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, James Madison, Aaron Burr and King George III.

Hamilton first premiered at the Public Theatre in New York in January 2015, and then in August moved to the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway. Since then, it's drawn popular and critical praise. Even President and Michelle Obama, as well as Dick and Lynne Cheney, attended performances (though not together, of course).

And while filming may even begin on a rumored movie production of the show before the stage production heads here, you should definitely set your sights on securing tickets ASAP. The national tour kicks off in Chicago this fall and also will stop in San Francisco. Currently, tickets are only available by purchasing package deals for the Pantages' new season, and single tickets will be made available at a later date. But, again, they will go fast.

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