Sing it out: Dates announced, ‘Hamilton’ to be at ASU Gammage for nearly a month
PHOENIX — Mark your calendars now, musical lovers: The tour dates have been announced and the Broadway hit “Hamilton” will be on the stage in Arizona for nearly one month next year.
In a press release sent early Sunday morning, Arizona State University’s Gammage Auditorium said “Hamilton” will open on Jan. 30, 2018 and will close Feb. 25, 2018.
In that span, there will be 32 performances. It will be the first time the show is performed on a college campus.
“It’s such an honor to bring this show to Arizona,” Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, executive director for ASU Gammage and associate vice president cultural affairs for ASU, said in the release. “ASU Gammage continues to be a leader in touring Broadway.”
According to the press release, the best way to get tickets is through a season subscription for this year, which will guarantee theater-goers tickets before they go on sale to the public.
The brainchild of Lin-Manuel Miranda, “Hamilton” opened on Broadway to rave reviews. It tells the story of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, who was instrumental during the Revolutionary War and later became the nation’s first Treasury secretary.
However, instead of traditional Broadway singing, “Hamilton” uses hip-hop to move the story along. The play won 11 Tony awards.
The show’s effects were felt across the nation this year, cheered by politicians, stars and rappers alike and even helping shape the debate over the nation’s currency (Hamilton stays on the $10 bill, in part due to Miranda’s show.)
But the musical also sparked controversy when the cast delivered a pointed message about diversity to Vice President-elect Mike Pence while he attended a performance in November. President-elect Donald Trump demanded an apology, which did not come.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.