‘Hamilton’ becomes hottest ticket in town
At long last, Las Vegans will be in the room where it happens.
On May 29, “Hamilton” launches a four-week run at The Smith Center’s Reynolds Hall, ending a two-year wait for the Pulitzer Prize-winning, Tony-winning, Grammy-winning musical.
The show’s producer and Smith Center officials announced in March 2016 that the hip-hop-powered “Hamilton” — about “$10 founding father” Alexander Hamilton — would visit Vegas.
But the musical didn’t show up on The Smith Center’s 2016-17 season schedule. Not that Southern Nevadans were alone in playing the waiting-for-“Hamilton” game.
Created by Lin-Manuel Miranda (who also played the title role on Broadway), “Hamilton” launched an open-ended Chicago run in September 2016. The first national tour followed in March 2017, first playing San Francisco and Los Angeles — and proving that Miranda’s onstage presence was not a prerequisite for “Hamilton’s” future success.
Another production — this one based in London’s West End — opened in early December. And despite the show’s undeniably anti-U.K. slant (after all, the musical focuses on the former British colony’s rebellion against King George III, who’s portrayed onstage as a cheerfully blithering buffoon), it recently captured seven Olivier Awards, Britain’s Tony Awards equivalent.
“Hamilton’s” Broadway run garnered 11 Tonys, but that’s to be expected on its home turf.
Besides, reducing “Hamilton” to mere numbers reduces its achievement as an award-winning musical — about a decidedly unlikely subject — and as a phenomenon that reflects, and advances, the national conversation on what it means to be American. Then and now.