Lin-Manuel Miranda won’t be on stage in the title role of “Hamilton” when President Obama and his daughters attend today’s matinée of the red-hot Broadway musical. But he won’t be far.
Miranda, who also wrote and directed the show, now in previews, will be sitting in the audience evaluating it. Kinda hard to see how the show’s doing when you’re always on stage. He scheduled three such dates in advance before the Aug. 6 opening and today’s matinée is one of them, confirmed the show’s press representative Sam Rudy, according to the NYTimes.
The hip hop musical enjoyed a sold out run earlier this year at the Public Theater downtown. It’s now at the Richard Rodgers Theater, Richard Rodgers Theater, 226 W 46th, definitely are area to be avoided from now until around 5 p.m.
Replacing Miranda’s place in the title role is Javier Muñoz, who performs Hamilton once a week during the show’s run. He played Usnavi in “In the Heights,” Miranda’s previous Broadway show, for two years.
“Hamilton” explores the life of the Founding Father and is based on the book “Alexander Hamilton” by Ron Chernow. Miranda picked up a copy of the book in an airport on his way to Mexico for vacation. It should resonate with the President as it’s a story about an island-born boy, whose father left early, and grew up to become one of the most influential men in America.
As the NYTimes pointed out in another article ” ‘Hamilton’ has been seen by relatively few people — a total of 34,132 seats were available over 15 weeks at the Public, fewer than at a typical Yankees home game, and there remain uncertainties about how it will be received by broader audiences over time.”
I’m predicting it’s going to be a hit and win the Best Musical Tony Award next year. The show is a game changer. Besides, it’s the one thing the Cheneys and the Clintons agree on. They all loved it! And they look like your typical Broadway audience: aging, white folks with disposal income.