‘Hamilton’ Hits the Road with National Tour


The hottest ticket on Broadway is fast becoming the most-coveted ticket across the USA. 

The commercial blockbuster Hamilton will hit the road next year, and fans are chomping at the bit. They include Allison Alonso, who has seen the musical on Broadway but plans to catch it again in Boston — one of 12 cities the tour will visit in roughly the next two years. A separate production begins an open-ended run in Chicago on Sept. 27.

Alonso, a 20-year-old film and television major at Boston University, waited on the cancellation line for the Broadway staging on two separate occasions before scoring tickets in January. She arrived at 6 a.m., determined to catch Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop-infused musical about founding father Alexander Hamilton. The show, which seems destined to run forever in New York, is nominated for a record-setting 16 Tony Awards and is certain to win best musical on June 12.

“I was the second person on the line,” recalls Alonso, a native New Yorker. Nearly 14 hours later, she received the second pair of tickets released, “just before the curtain.”

And she’s prepared to be patient again. The national tour (featuring its own cast, like the Chicago production) will begin next year, with stops in San Francisco (21 weeks, beginning in March) and Los Angeles (Aug. 11-Dec. 30). But in the other cities, including Boston, Hamilton will not arrive until the 2017-18 season, and except for Washington, where it will launch a 14-week engagement at the Kennedy Center in mid-June 2018, timing has not yet been determined.

The production has rather been “teased” at a combination of commercial and non-profit theaters, with announcements alerting fans that the best way to guarantee tickets is to purchase subscriptions (or memberships, depending on the theater) for the 2016-17 seasons and then renew their seats for the following season.

That doesn’t mean non-subscribers and non-members will be shut out. “Single tickets will be available in every market where Hamilton plays,” says Sam Rudy, a spokesman for the Broadway production.

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Source: USA Today |  Elysa Gardner, @elysagardner