Guide to Hamilton Chicago
A mainstream crossover hit like no Broadway show in years, the musical Hamilton frames the history of America’s first treasury secretary and the country’s founding as an immigrant story performed by actors of color, with a score tinged with modern hip-hop, R&B and pop music. Since opening at New York’s Public Theater in early 2015 and transferring to Broadway that summer, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s singular sensation has racked up awards including nearly a dozen Tonys and the Pulitzer Prize, while ticket prices skyrocketed on the resale market as celebrities from the Knowles-Carters to the Obamas stopped in to see the show. While Broadway audiences continue to go ham for Hamilton, Chicago becomes the second city ever to see the show when a new sit-down production opens at the PrivateBank Theatre in the fall of 2016. Here's what you need to know about the soon-to-be hottest musical in Chicago, including casting, how to get Hamilton Chicago tickets (good luck!), and what to do in the Loop before and after the show. What is Hamilton? Hamilton is a musical with book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda. It is directed by Thomas Kail. It began Broadway previews on July 13, 2015 and opened on August 6, 2015. Hamilton Chicago will begin previews on September 27, 2016 and open on October 19, 2016. Where is Hamilton Chicago playing? Hamilton plays at Broadwayin Chicago’s The PrivateBank Theatre located at 18 W Monroe St between State and Dearborn streets. When is Hamilton Chicago p
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Shakespeare in the parks and other outdoor theater in Chicago
Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s traveling Twelfth Night and more stages under the stars
17 Chicago theater shows to see in July
A pair of Broadway divas cast long shadows over the July theater calendar. The Goodman Theatre’s world premiere of War Paint, a new musical starring Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole as cosmetics business rivals Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden, is the hot ticket of the summer. But it’s far from the only show on offer this month. Three of the most highly acclaimed storefront shows of the past year—Oracle Theatre’s The Hairy Ape, Definition Theatre Company and the New Colony’s Byhalia, Mississippi, and Raven Theatre’s Direct from Death Row The Scottsboro Boys—return for remounts with their full original ensemble casts. And July is when the summer slate of outdoor theater gets into full swing, with alfresco stagings of Shakespeare and more across the city and suburbs (including an intriguing Twin Cities import at Morton Arboretum).