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Lin-Manuel Miranda, center, resolves to keep changing the game in Hamilton
Photograph: Joan Marcus

Guide to Hamilton on Broadway

Hamilton, Broadway’s hottest musical, combines history and hip-hop in a revolutionary show about our Founding Father

Written by
David Cote

With Hamilton, Broadway is watching history in the making. Only every 10 or 20 years does a musical come around that inspires such passionate fan engagement or critical raves containing terms such as game-changer or revolutionary. The show can’t possibly be that good, right? Wrong. A hip-hop retelling of the life and career of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, this jaw-droppingly original work by Lin-Manuel Miranda has broken through to the mainstream, inspiring us to wonder if the piece is riding a wave that could be called a new Golden Age of Broadway. But it’s not just the novelty of seeing a multiracial cast in Colonial-era drag rapping about the redcoats or Federal policy; there’s a strong emotional center to this story of ambition, pride, love and family. The Broadway cast album has gone gold, and some numbers are destined to join the ultimate playlist of Broadway musical numbers. The show has already swept the Tony Awards, but time will tell how much impact Hamilton will have on the Great White Way.

What is Hamilton?

Hamilton is a musical with book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda. It is directed by Thomas Kail. It began previews on July 13, 2015 and opened on August 6, 2015.

Where is Hamilton playing?

Hamilton plays at Broadway's Richard Rodgers Theatre located at 226 W 46th St between Broadway and Eighth Avenue in Manhattan.

When is Hamilton playing?

Hamilton plays eight times a week, on the following schedule: Tuesdays at 7pm; Wednesdays at 2pm and 8pm; Thursdays at 7pm; Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm; and Sundays at 3pm.

How do I get tickets to Hamilton on Broadway?

Tickets to Hamilton are sold online by Ticketmaster. They can also be purchased by phone (877-250-2929) or in person at the Richard Rodgers Theatre box office. Tickets cost $65–$849, and premium tickets range from $199 to several thousand dollars. A limited number of $10 tickets are sold via online Hamilton lottery. If you're looking to buy last-minute Broadway tickets and don't want to risk losing the lottery, you can try your luck on the secondary or resale market. 


How long is Hamilton?

The running time of Hamilton is 2 hours and 50 minutes, with one intermission.

Original five-star Hamilton review

What is left to say? After Founding Father Alexander Hamilton’s prodigious quill scratched out 12 volumes of nation-building fiscal and military policy; after Lin-Manuel Miranda turned that titanic achievement (via Ron Chernow’s 2004 biography) into the greatest American musical in decades; after every critic in town (including me) praised the Public Theater world premiere to high heaven; and after seeing this language-drunk, rhyme-crazy dynamo a second time, I can only marvel: We've used up all the damn words.  Read the full review by David Cote

Hamilton opening night cast & crew

• Lin-Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hamilton
• Daveed Diggs as Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson
• Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler
• Jonathan Groff as King George
• Christopher Jackson as George Washington
• Jasmine Cephas Jones as Peggy Schuyler
• Javier Muñoz as Alexander Hamilton [at certain performances]
• Leslie Odom, Jr. as Aaron Burr
• Okieriete Onaodowan as Hercules Mulligan and James Madison
• Anthony Ramos as John Laurens and Philip Hamilton
• Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton

• 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

Hamilton awards

2015 Lucille Lortel Awards

• Outstanding Musical

• Outstanding Director - Thomas Kail
• Outstanding Choreographer - Andy Blankenbuehler
• Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical - Lin-Manuel Miranda
• Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical - Phillipa Soo
• Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical - Daveed Diggs
 Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical - Renée Elise Goldsberry

2015 New York Drama Critics' Circle Awards

• Best New Musical

2015 Drama Desk Awards

• Outstanding Musical
• Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical - Renée Elise Goldsberry
• Outstanding Director of a Musical - Thomas Kail
• Outstanding Music and Lyrics - Lin-Manuel Miranda
• Outstanding Book of a Musical - Lin-Manuel Miranda

2016 Grammy Awards

• Best Musical Theater Album