Hamilton, the hit play that gives American history a hip-hop twist, is slaughtering the game—the show, which will open on Broadway soon, pulled in $27.6 million in pre-sale tickets and it hasn’t even begun yet. Already, the going resale value on existing tickets is already hitting $355.
If you’re a Broadway fan, you might remember writer/star Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In The Heights, a story of a Dominican immigrant named Usnavi just trying to get by and find love.
Miranda won a Tony award for that show in 2008 and now he’s brought his rap genius to the story of Alexander Hamilton, the first Secretary of the Treasury. But instead of white men playing the founding fathers, actors of color take on the roles with the swagger of Rae Sremmurd and soliloquies set to rhyme about, you know, starting America. According to The New York Times, Hamilton has already sold 200,000 tickets, even though previews opened just two days ago on July 13.
Earlier this year, the show ran Off Broadway at New York City’s Public Theater for 119 sold-out performances. It drew the who’s who of pop and political culture, including FLOTUS Michelle Obama, Jay Z, Dick and Lynne Cheney and Rupert Murdoch, who called the show “fabulous!” Hamilton formally opens at Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theater on August 6.
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