‘Hamilton’ is heading to San Diego
If you’re a local fan of a certain Broadway musical about an unstoppable founding father, get ready to tell yourself (in the words of one of its songs) how lucky you are to be alive right now.
That’s right: “Hamilton” is coming to San Diego.
The one catch: You’re going to have to wait for it.
The touring-show presenter Broadway/San Diego and lead producer Jeffrey Seller are announcing this morning that the massively popular musical, which is up for a record 16 Tony Awards this Sunday, will hit town sometime in the 2017-18 season.
Downtown’s Civic Theatre will (presumably) be the room where it happens, although exactly when that might be has not yet been specified.
The only thing that’s really certain at this point is that subscribers to the current Broadway/San Diego season will be able to guarantee “Hamilton” seats if they then renew for 2017-2018. (Subscriptions to the 2016-17 season are still available; call (888) 937-8995 or go to broadwaysd.com.)
Buying a subscription probably won’t be the only way to see the show, though.
Broadway/San Diego, part of the New York-based Nederlander Organization, had no further information on ticketing. But Sam Rudy, a spokesman for the Broadway production of “Hamilton,” told USA Today this week: “Single tickets will be available in every market where ‘Hamilton’ plays.”
The timing is more tricky, but the show almost certainly won’t arrive here before 2018.
The first North American tour of “Hamilton” launches in San Francisco in March 2017, and then heads to Los Angeles that August for a four-month run. (Costa Mesa in Orange County is also among the cities listed for that tour, although no dates have been set yet.)
A separate “sit-down” production opens in Chicago this September for an open-ended run.
Even if the San Diego run came immediately after the L.A. tour stop, that would mean “Hamilton” would arrive here in January 2018 at the earliest.
The New York Times says a second North American touring production will launch in Seattle in 2018, so it’s also possible San Diego would be part of that tour’s swing.
In any case, says Joe Kobryner, locally based vice president of Nederlander: “We’re thrilled San Diego will be one of the first cities in North America to see ‘Hamilton’ outside of Broadway.”
The tour announcement comes as “Hamilton” heads into this Sunday’s Tony Awards with a good chance at double-digit wins in the annual Broadway theater honors.
“Hamilton” chronicles the life and times of Alexander Hamilton, the Revolutionary War hero, founding father and onetime secretary of the treasury who helped create the American financial system. (His face is featured on the $10 bill.)
Hamilton was famously killed in an 1804 duel with his longtime colleague and rival, Aaron Burr, who is likewise a major character in the musical.
Lin-Manuel Miranda, whose first big Broadway splash was the musical “In the Heights,” conceived of “Hamilton,” wrote all its music and lyrics and adapted its story from Ron Chernow’s biography.
He also stars on Broadway as Hamilton, opposite Leslie Odom Jr. as Burr.
The show has set new standards on Broadway for the diversity of its cast and the adventurousness of its music, which is driven by hip-hop but also takes in jazz, blues and even Britpop.
Demand for tickets is so massive that the show is sold out into next year, and top ticket prices were just raised to more than $800 in a bid to reduce reselling, where seats can fetch $1,000 or more.