The past twenty-or-so years have brought a lot of firsts to the theater world, and those milestones have consisted of record-breaking productions, and acceptional revivals. And the competition has been fierce. No show however, have taken the world quite like Hamilton, which is finally coming here to Washington, DC.
If you’re in town during Hamilton’s Washington, DC dates, which are June 12th – September 16th this year, you can’t miss out on this standout production. If you’re not totally sure why, check out our breakdown on the history and well-deserved excitement surrounding it.
This moving work of historical fiction—based loosely on Ron Chernow’s bestselling account of Hamilton’s life—came from the mind of its writer and original star Lin-Manuel Miranda. Already a successful figure in the world of theater thanks to his hit musical In The Heights, this production skyrocketed Miranda to become a household name. The musical uses hip-hop, pop, rap and R&B songs from Miranda to depict the fascinating life and death of Alexander Hamilton. Along the way, we meet women who influenced Hamilton like his wife Eliza and her sister Angelica, along with other historic characters like Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, King George III, and, of course Aaron Burr.
Hamilton has been playing to sold-out venues since its opening run in New York City, which garnered an incredible number of awards. Hamilton’s hype can be measured in its Best Musical Tony Award, Best Musical Theater Album award at the Grammy’s, and its Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Of course, Washington, DC will welcome Hamilton to its most well-known and beloved performing arts venue this summer. The Kennedy Center is home to a number of prestigious award shows and theatrical productions, and it sits on a gorgeous piece of land along the Potomac River.
An assumed part of Hamilton is that shows are sold out, and that’s already the case for its Washington, DC run. Don’t fret, you can still find your way in by checking out resale sites like StubHub throughout the coming months.