‘Hamilton’ comes to the Broward Center

The Broward Center for the Performing Arts announced on Jan. 26 that the popular musical “Hamilton” would be at the Broward Center for the 2018-19 season.

“Hamilton” is a musical incorporating rap, jazz, blues and hip-hop to tell the narrative of one of America’s most ambitious founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton. The musical, which was written by award-winning Puerto Rican-American playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda, was inspired by the 2004 biography “Alexander Hamilton” by Ron Chernow.

Common, a renowned rapper and artist, introduced the Hamilton cast for their 2016 Tony’s performance and said that “Hamilton” was “one of the greatest pieces of art ever made.” The play follows the life and death of Alexander Hamilton. It starts off by introducing Hamilton, a penniless orphan who was born in the Caribbean, as an ambitious immigrant who comes to the United States in hopes of being able to live a better life and escape the obstacles that he encountered during his childhood.

Throughout the course of the play, the audience sees how Hamilton’s ability to write leads him to live out his greatest triumphs and eventual downfall. Although the play centers on Hamilton’s life, there are other key historical figures. The play introduces John Laurens, Hamilton’s best friend and fervent abolitionist, and Marquis de Laffayete, a French military officer who would later play a vital role in winning the Revolutionary War as well as Aaron Burr, Hamilton’s opponent and eventual murderer. The audience sees founding fathers such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson exposed for their flaws and humanized instead of being put on a pedestal. The story also introduces us to the Schuyler Sisters — a group of three sisters that believe that women should have the same rights as men and that society should not dictate a woman’s behavior merely because she is a woman. The play incorporates suspense, drama, romance and history in a way that has never been witnessed in Broadway history. The musical has won 11 Tony awards, a Grammy and a Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

“Hamilton” is scheduled for a five week performance and the only way to obtain tickets is to buy a season ticket-subscription. Subscription packages are on sale now and they range from $261 to $1,200. There is no news on whether single tickets outside of season subscriptions will be available in the future.

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