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 became the second city ever to see the show when a new sit-down production opened at the PrivateBank Theatre in the fall of 2016. Here's what you need to know about the 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 began previews on September 27, 2016 and opened on October 19, 2016.
Where is Hamilton Chicago playing?
Hamilton plays at Broadway in Chicago’s The PrivateBank Theatre located at 18 W Monroe St between State and Dearborn streets.
When is Hamilton Chicago playing?
Hamilton Chicago plays eight times a week, generally on the following schedule: Tuesdays at 7:30pm; Wednesdays at 1:30 and 7:30pm; Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30pm; Saturdays at 2 and 8pm; and Sundays at 2pm. Check with the box office for any variations, particularly during holiday weeks.
How do I get tickets to Hamilton Chicago?
Tickets to Hamilton in Chicago are sold online by Ticketmaster. They can also be purchased by phone (800-775-2000) or in person at the PrivateBank Theatre box office. Tickets cost $65–$190, with premium tickets reaching significantly higher along with “some increased pricing around the holidays,” in the words of lead producer Jeffrey Seller. The initial block of tickets through March 19, 2017 is largely sold out. A second six-month block of tickets, from March 21 to September 17, 2017, went on sale September 27, 2016, the same day previews began. A third block, covering September 19, 2017 to January 7, 2018, went on sale February 28, 2017.
The Broadway production’s #Ham4Ham online lottery has also transferred to the Chicago production, with day-of-show drawings for 44 seats in the theater’s first two rows and boxes at $10 for nearly every performance. Find the entry link and more information here. If you're looking to buy last-minute and don't want to risk losing the lottery, you can try your luck on the secondary or resale market; buyer beware of counterfeit, stolen or otherwise invalid tickets.
How long is Hamilton?
The running time of Hamilton is approximately 2 hours and 50 minutes, with one intermission.
Who is in Hamilton Chicago?
The opening-night cast of Hamilton included Joshua Henry (Aaron Burr), Miguel Cervantes (Alexander Hamilton), Ari Afsar (Eliza Hamilton), Karen Olivo (Angelica Schuyler), Chris Lee (Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson), Wallace Smith (Hercules Mulligan/James Madison), Jonathan Kirkland (George Washington), Alexander Gemignani (King George III), Samantha Marie Ware (Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds) and Jose Ramos (John Laurens/Phillip Hamilton). Joseph Morales is the alternate Alexander Hamilton at matinees and certain other performances.
Henry departed in January 2017 to lead the national touring company that launched in California, and was replaced by Wayne Brady from January 17 to April 9, 2017; Aaron Burr is now played by Daniel Breaker (Passing Strange, Shrek the Musical) into August 2017, after which he will take over the same role in the Broadway company; Gregory Treco will begin playing Burr in Chicago on September 8.
Olivo will end her run as Angelica Schuyler on August 6, 2017, and will be replaced by Tony Award nominee Montego Glover (Memphis) in early September.
From top, left to right: Miguel Cervantes, Joshua Henry, Karen Olivo, Ari Afsar, Chris Lee, Wallace Smith, Jonathan Kirkland, Jose Ramos, Samantha Marie Ware
The ensemble includes Sam Aberman, Jose Amore, Amber Ardolino, Remmie Bourgeois, Chloë Campbell, Joseph Chaikin, Carl Clemons-Hopkins, John Michael Fiumara, Jean Godsend Floradin, Aaron Gordon, Jin Ha, Holly James, Malik Kitchen, Colby Lewis, Dashi Mitchell, Justice Moore, Samantha Pollino, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Gabriella Sorrentino and Aubin Wise.
Hamilton creative team
• Thomas Kail - Director
• Andy Blankenbuehler - Choreographer
• Alex Lacamoire - Music Director and Orchestrator
• David Korins – Scenic Design
• Paul Tazewell – Costume Design
• Howell Binkley – Lighting Design
• Jason Crystal – Sound Design
• Lin-Manuel Miranda – Book, Music and Lyrics
• Inspired by the book Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow