'Hamilton' coming to Michigan, but not quite yet

EAST LANSING, MICH. - When is "Hamilton" coming?

That's "the number-one question everyone's been asking," said Bob Hoffman, public relations manager at Michigan State University's Wharton Center for Performing Arts.

And he finally has an answer. Or part of one.

The Wharton Center and "Hamilton" producer Jeffrey Seller announced today that the 11-time Tony Award-winning Broadway musical will be part of the 2018-2019 season. The announcement did not provide the precise dates.

"My phone has been ringing off the hook since the announcement," Hoffman said. "It will definitely sell out."

Wharton is encouraging those who absolutely have to have a ticket to buy a subscription for the 2017-2018 season scheduled to go on sale in mid-April, which will allow them to renew their subscriptions for the following season before tickets go on sale to the general public.

Hoffman said subscription prices for the coming season won't be determined until later this month.

"Season ticket holders will be the first to know when tickets go on sale," Hoffman added.

"Hamilton"is based on Ron Chernow's 2004 Alexander Hamilton biography. Directed by Thomas Kail, the musical features book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda and choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler. Its score blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and Broadway.

The musical tells the story of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. who was born in the British West Indies, sent to America for an education and went on to become the assistant and adviser to George Washington during the Revolutionary War and the country's first treasury secretary.

There have been reports of people forking out as much as $10,000 per ticket for a chance to experience "Hamilton" live ahead of Miranda's departure last July.

For additional information, visit www.whartoncenter.com.

Contact Princess Gabbara at pgabbara@lsj.com or 517-377-1006.

© 2017 Lansing State Journal


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