Broadway won’t be the same after opening of ‘Hamilton’ tonight

“Hamilton,” a hip-hop musical about Alexander Hamilton who is a founding father of the U.S.,  an aide to Gen. Washington, supporter of the Constitution and founder of our financial system and more,  opens tonight on Broadway. The Great White Way will never be the same.

It’s pretty amazing that the musical’s creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda picked up a copy of “Alexander Hamilton” by Ron Chernow in the airport on the way to a Mexican vacation and saw a musical in it. What an amazing leap — other than the concept who reads books like that on vacation! Smart guys, I guess.

Miranda paid tribute tonight to the book because, one would think,  without it he wouldn’t be starring in the most anticipated Broadway show of the new season with huge advance sales which follow  a sold out, off-Broadway run earlier this year at the Public Theater

Miranda knows he owes the book a lot because he came out of the Richard Rodgers Theater on West 46th Street tonight to greet more than 600 patrons behind barricades and read from it. They were waiting to see if they’d won a lottery for free seats to tonight’s show.

The so-called Hamilton lottery happens prior to each performance. People put their names into a bucket to win $10 front-row seats As you know,  Hamilton’s image is on the $10 bill, but may not be for long. But that’s another story.

Lin-Manuel Miranda creates an ambitious musical portrait with "Hamilton." (Photo/ Joan Marcus)
Lin-Manuel Miranda creates an ambitious musical portrait with “Hamilton.” (Photo/ Joan Marcus)

Can’t wait to see the reviews tomorrow.

For tickets to the musical, click here.

To read the NYTimes story about pre-opening activities, click here.