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‘Hamilton’ wins Pulitzer Prize for Drama

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Kris Vire

Ahead of its September launch in Chicago, the musical sensation Hamilton has picked up the Pulitzer Prize for drama. Lin-Manuel Miranda's highly acclaimed stage adaptation of historian Ron Chernow's biography of the country's first treasury secretary, which premiered at New York's Public Theater early in 2015 and transferred to Broadway last summer, was widely picked to be the favorite for the prize, as it's also expected to sweep the Tony Awards in June. A Chicago company of Hamilton, the first opportunity to see the show outside of New York City, will open at the PrivateBank Theatre, beginning performances September 27.

Also named as finalists for the drama prize were Stephen Karam's The Humans, which had its world premiere at Chicago's American Theater Company in 2014, and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins's Gloria, which will be seen this winter at the Goodman Theatre in a transfer of its 2015 premiere at New York's Vineyard Theatre.

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