For Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton, a Mysterious News Conference Turns Into a Broadway Celebration
Go inside the Public Theater's hush-hush event in honor of the acclaimed new musical.
It all started with a mysterious email: "We would like to invite you to join the Hamilton creative team, producers, along with the Public Theater staff at a special gathering to celebrate this new musical on Tuesday, February 24...A news release will be distributed at that time."
Naturally, it was clear what that news would be: After several weeks of rampant speculation, Lin-Manuel Miranda's critically acclaimed Hamilton, a rap- and hip-hop-infused musical about the life of American founding father Alexander Hamilton, would announce its imminent Broadway transfer. The question, of course, was when: Would it be this season, where it would compete with the likes of Something Rotten!, Finding Neverland, and the Public's own Fun Home, or would it wait?
The press conference turned out to be one of those only-in-theater events, with a hoard of media gathering in the Public's spacious lobby bar to hear the highly anticipated news. Larger-than-life Artistic Director Oskar Eustis took the mic first. "You amigos are an unbelievable posse," he said of Miranda, director Thomas Kail, musical director Alex Lacamoire, and choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler, before revealing the important information: Hamilton, would begin Broadway performances at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, the former home of Miranda's Tony-winning musical In the Heights, on July 13, at the start of the 2015-16 season.
Miranda got emotional as he recounted how his parents spent their first date seeing the Broadway musical Runaways, a musical by Elizabeth Swados, which also happened to transfer from the Public. Producer Jeffrey Seller, who brought Heights to Broadway, jumped on the bar to reveal the on-sale date for tickets.
Thus began the celebration. Check it out in the gallery below.
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