Inspired by the 2004 biography Alexander Hamilton by Historian Ron Chernow, Hamilton has received near universal acclaim since it opened in Public Theater and shows no signs of slowing down. Opening off-Broadway in February 2015, Hamilton was transferred to Broadway on August 6th, 2015 after previewing on July 13th, 2015. While this Broadway sensation is based on historical events, Lin-Manuel Miranda took some creative liberties when writing this musical and the accompanying book, much to the delight of audiences everywhere. That being said, history buffs are still sure to enjoy Hamilton, which follows Alexander Hamilton’s life from an early age until his death. Hamilton also focuses on the American Revolution and the founding of the United States.
With catchy dialogue that is sung and rapped throughout, Hamilton takes a part of history and weaves it into a modern narrative that appeals to audiences of all ages. Hamilton’s Broadway run was so successful, it broke the Broadway box office record for the most money grossed in a single week, earning $3.3 million in November of 2016. Following Hamilton’s rousing success on Broadway, the show launched its first US Tour in 2017.
The Forrest Theatre in Philadelphia, PA is an iconic venue built in 1927 for an astounding $2 million, which translates to about $27 million today. The creation of celebrated architect Herbert J. Krapp, The Forrest Theatre has long been a proving ground for plays and musicals vying for a run on Broadway. The Women (1936), Funny Girl (1963), Chicago (1975), and The Music Man (1957) are just a few of the Broadway smash hits that previewed at the Forrest Theatre.
This critically acclaimed box office success received a record-setting 16 Tony Award Nominations in 2016, winning 11 awards. Hamilton also won a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album that same year, and the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The winning streak continued with dozens of nominations and wins across several categories, including the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical (2018) in addition to many more awards. Hamilton’s soundtrack has had its own success, reaching the number 2 spot for the Billboard 25 Best Albums, and the number 8 spot for the Rolling Stone 50 Best Albums, both in 2015.
Hamilton in Philadelphia dates
Hamilton plays in Philadelphia from August 27-November 17, 2019. Days and times vary, so be sure to check the schedule when purchasing tickets.