Digital Lottery opens March 10 for Hamilton at the Pantages Theater

Producer Jeffrey Seller announced a digital lottery for HAMILTON in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre will begin in conjunction with the show’s first performance, Thursday, March 12,

HAMILTON is the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton, told through a score of hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway show tunes.. It’s become a revolutionary moment in theatre, having a profound impact on culture, politics, and education.

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Now for a second run at the Pantages Hollywood, a select number of $10 tickets will be sold for every performance. Seat locations vary per performance, with some seats located in the front row. The digital lottery will begin two days prior to each performance.

Heres how to enter:

 1.  Use the official app for HAMILTON, now available for all iOS and Android devices in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store (HamiltonBroadway.com/app).

2. Visit www.HamiltonMusical.com/Lottery to enter.

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The digital lottery opens at 11 am, on March 10, for tickets to the Thursday, March 12 opening night performance.  Subsequent digital lotteries will begin two days prior to each performance. The lottery will close for entry at 9 am PT the day prior to the performance.

Winner and non-winner will receive notification at approximately 11 am PT the day prior to the performance via email and SMS (if mobile number is provided).

 Only one entry per person. Repeat entries and disposable email addresses will be discarded.

Tickets must be purchased online with a credit card by 4 pm PT the day prior to the performance using the purchase link and code in a customized notification email. Tickets not claimed by 4 pm PT the day prior to the performance are forfeited.

Lottery tickets must be picked up at the will call window beginning 3 hours prior to the performance with a valid photo ID. Lottery tickets are void if resold.

Limit 1 entry per person, per performance. Multiple entries will not be accepted. Patrons must be 18 years or older and have a valid, non-expired photo ID that matches the name used to enter. Tickets are non-transferable. Ticket limits and prices displayed are at the sole discretion of the show and are subject to change without notice.

Lottery prices are not valid on prior purchases. Lottery ticket offer cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions. All sales final – no refunds or exchanges. Lottery may be revoked or modified at any time without notice. No purchase necessary to enter or win. A purchase will not improve the chances of winning.

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HAMILTON is based on Ron Chernow’s acclaimed biography, with book, music, and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire,  Hamilton has won Tony®, Grammy®, and Olivier Awards, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and an unprecedented special citation from the Kennedy Center Honors.

HAMILTON features scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by Nevin Steinberg, hair and wig design by Charles G. LaPointe, casting by Telsey + Company, Bethany Knox, CSA, and General Management by Baseline Theatrical. The musical is produced by Jeffrey Seller, Sander Jacobs, Jill Furman and The Public Theater.

 For information on HAMILTON, visit www.HamiltonOnBroadway.comwww.Facebook.com/HamiltonMusical,www.Instagram.com/HamiltonMusical and www.Twitter.com/HamiltonMusical.

Lin-Manuel Miranda & his father Luis

Sitting center stage at the Geffen Playhouse, Broadway sensation and Hamilton creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda and his father Luis A. Miranda Jr., enlightened the audience for 90 minutes about theatre, Puerto Rico and Lin-Manuel’s new movie role in Mary Poppins with moderator Soledad O’Brien. Together this father and son team are very entertaining.

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Photo courtesy of Geffen Playhouse

O’Brien: You are actively supporting the relief efforts in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria in September 2017. Tell us what you are doing?

Lin-Manuel: In the way of Maria, what began as where is my family? It took five days to finally reach our family. Then became how can I help the island. I amplify what I hear on the island and navigate from there. I have no political interest, I just want the island of Puerto Rico to be proud of me. Just like they did when I brought “In the Heights” to the island. It was the most creative week in my life. Since my father is in the political world, the Governor of Puerto Rico called up my dad after he saw ‘In the Heights’ to find out who was his son. I didn’t grow up in Puerto Rico, I just spent summers on the island. While growing up in New York, I felt different than other kids in Puerto Rico, because I spoke funny. When they noticed and embraced me in ‘In the Heights’ it was a proud moment. We would do a prayer circle before every show. A cast member in the show, Pricilla Lopez who played Camilla, told me – ‘You are throwing a rock in the pool and you have no idea how the ripples will come back to you.

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O’Brien: Tell us about the delay of bringing Hamilton to Puerto Rico?

Lin-Manuel: After Maria, there were no roofs on any theatres. I’ve been wanting to bring the show to Puerto Rico since 2015. We took the harder path to update and rebuild the theatre to become a state-of-the-art facility at the University of Puerto Rico. The theatre needed a ton of work, including a new roof, before we could perform our show. Puerto Rico is looking for heroes. It’s a message in Hamilton that I hope the islanders can take away from the show. We take the show to a small island, the most coveted show ever, to make the people in Puerto Rico feeI special. Their recent experience with the devastation of Hurricane Maria echos Hamilton. When I read Ron Chernow’s book Hamilton, I didn’t know that a hurricane destroyed St. Croix and people on the island raised money to send Hamilton off the island to do better things.

O’Brien: Why did you get so involved in helping Puerto Rico? How are you raising money?

LIn-Manuel: I just have a megaphone to get the island noticed. We will perform Hamilton for three weeks from Jan. 8-27, 2019, at the Teatro UPR in San Juan. Proceeds will benefit artists, musicians, and traveling theatre groups on the island. If you are running a traveling theatre group in Puerto Rico, that is hard work. You are working a job during the day, traveling and performing at night. We have their backs to do what they need to do for three years. Giving sits in my gut and doesn’t want to leave me alone. When it keeps me up at night, that’s when I act. Both my father and I went to the Mayors in all the towns of Puerto Rico to find out their needs after the hurricane. When it’s gnawing on you and you let everything in, if something affects you – injustice, something that needs love, it’s a calling for you to act on it. I started the nonprofit,The Flamboyan Arts Fund dedicated to preserving, amplifying, and sustaining the arts and youth education in Puerto Rico.

O’Brien: Tell us how people can get tickets to see Hamilton in Puerto Rico?

Lin-Manuel: There are $10 tickets in the lottery and tickets up to $5,000 to help with the arts fund. There are only a few left at $5000.

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Luis: Then they will go up to $10,000 and $15,000.

Lin-Manuel: We want to raise $15 million dollars.

O’Brien: Are you ready to play Hamilton again?

Lin-Manuel: It’s been two and a half years since I played the role. My problem is that I go back to every draft in my head. When my wife and I saw a performance of the show in London, I realized lines had changed. For the first time I listened to the cast album to help get ready for my performance. 

O’Brien: Luis did you always know your son would be a performer?

Luis: I wanted him to be a lawyer, because he was good with words. Lin-Manuel has one of the most incredible minds. During a filming of 60 Minutes at my house, he looked at my big vinyl collection and picked the Camelot album. He said “I will tell you where it skips.” He hadn’t played the record in 25 years, yet he remembered exactly where it skips.

Lin-Manuel: We used to listen to that record so many times as a family.

Luis: I knew he would be a writer as a child. He was making flip books, and when he visited Puerto Rico, his grandfather borrowed the bank’s video camera so Lin-Manuel could make movies.

Lin-Manuel: A teacher in 8th grade inspired me to write after I turned in an essay about Stephen King’s book “It”. My teacher wrote “You have been hibernating in my class unless the subject interests you. I hope you wake up for Spring Semester.” He encouraged me to join an on campus theatre club called Brick Prison and write for them.

O’Brien: How is Puerto Rico today?

Luis: San Juan is doing well, however as you drive farther away there is more need. The coffee growers are trying to redo from scratch. Coffee doesn’t grow back in a month, it takes up to five years.

Lin-Manuel: Puerto Rico is so proud of their coffee.
Luis: The majority of coffee on the island is from small farms, about 70% is from small farms with just several acres. The only way to grow coffee is from seeds, and the island needs seeds, so we reached out to Starbucks.

Lin-Manuel: Starbucks has millions of seeds.

Luis: Since it is against the law to bring seeds to Puerto Rico, we had to hire lobbyists to work with the Republicans to get approval, so Starbucks seeds could be planted in Puerto Rican earth. It will take 3 to 5 years to grow coffee again. If we don’t start today, it will take longer.

O’Brien: Luis are you proud of Lin-Manuel starring in Mary Poppins?

Luis: I didn’t like the first movie in 1964. I was 9 years old and loved Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, however the year it came out, Andrews was doing My Fair Lady on Broadway. Andrews robbed Debbie Reynolds of an Oscar in The Unsinkable Molly Brown and I was so upset. I was annoyed with Mary Poppins my entire life. When I heard Lin-Manuel was in Mary Poppins, I was pleased. When my kids are doing something fantastic, I approve.

O’Brien: Lin-Manuel weren’t you performing in Hamilton when you were cast in Mary Poppins?

Lin-Manuel: Yes, Rob Marshall took me across the street for a drink after seeing me in a matinee show of Hamilton and pitched me the role of Jack. I first asked who would play Mary Poppins, when Marshall said Emily Blunt, I thought that was brilliant. I had to check with my wife, because she makes the decisions. I never wanted to leave Hamilton and my home in New York, yet my wife loves to travel and wanted to live in England.

O’Brien: What was it like working with Rob Marshall?

Lin-Manuel: I loved his work turning the musical Chicago into a film. Working with Rob Marshall was like being in film school.

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Photo courtesy of Geffen Playhouse

O’Brien: Locally in Southern California you offered acts of kindness by sponsoring a group of Cal State Channel Islands theatre students today. How did this happen?

Lin-Manuel:  These college theatre students were about to put on ‘In the Heights’ and then the Malibu fires started and their show was cancelled due to evacuations. They reached out to Gil Cates Jr. at the Geffen Playhouse and my team when they learned my dad and I would be in town. We are happy to have them here today.

O’Brien: Who is in the cast for the upcoming Hamilton?

Lin-Manuel: The cast is almost all new. This is the third national tour, and we cast this with a few from Broadway, others from the national tour company and then some new performers. After three weeks in Puerto Rico, the show will go to San Francisco. It’s a mix of old and new. Some have done Broadway, some have toured and some are new. The success of Hamilton is about seeing yourself in someone else’s story. When you walk a mile in someone else shoes they don’t become an “other.”

To purchase tickets for Hamilton in San Juan, Puerto Rico, go to Flamboyanartsfund.org.

Rise Up! Hamilton is at the Pantages Theatre

IMG_0355“History Has Its Eyes” on Hamilton, “So Take A Break” and buy a ticket to one of the hottest American Musicals in history. “You’ll Be Back” and sometimes will feel “Helpless” after seeing this Los Angeles cast perform in a show that will leave you “Satisfied”, because they “Blow Us All Away.”

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Two years ago, my friend Erica gave me the biography of Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow and the original Broadway production CD of Hamilton: An American Musical, as a birthday present. I opened the book (published in 2004), and started reading it, while listening to the rap and hip hop musical numbers that surprisingly enhanced my desire to learn more about America’s Founding Fathers. The upbeat, cleverly written show tunes transformed me after just one listening session. While driving up to San Francisco, I listened to the two disc CD and often listened to certain songs multiple times. Others in my car weren’t as enthusiastic to listen to the CD repeatedly, so I became a closet Hamilton junkie. I turned up the volume while alone in my car, as I sang along with the electrifying voices of Lin-Manuel Miranda, Phillipa Soo, Leslie Odom, Jr and other cast members multiple times.

“Alexander Hamilton, I’ve been waiting in the wings for you,” anxious for you to come to Los Angeles. The book and music inspired me to look into flying from Los Angeles to New York City to see the show. Yet with ticket prices quickly rising to beyond my budget after winning the 2016 Best Musical and 10 other Tony awards, I thought it was best to wait until the touring company arrived in Los Angeles. 

Deep down I think I was afraid to hear the voices of this new cast that might sound so different than the beloved ones I was so familiar with on my CD. Would they be as good?

Sitting in row H seat 303, one week after the opening night at the Pantages Theatre, I excitedly took my seat and admired the two story wooden stage by David Korins. A couple from Malibu took their seats next to me and leaned over to ask if I was familiar with the musical? Excitedly, I told them yes and that I knew every line to every song. The wife asked me what the show was about? I was dumbfounded. “It’s about Alexander Hamilton,” I answered. Then she asked me what era did it take place in? “The 1770s,” I said looking at her as if she was joking. When she asked me about the story line, I replied, “It’s about the American Revolution.” Obviously she was strolling along the beach on the night the CBS 60 Minutes episode of Lin-Manuel Miranda aired. He recited the opening song Alexander Hamilton in front of President Obama and the First Lady during the White House Evening of Poetry, Music and the Spoken World Jam. With the success from that enchanted evening, Miranda was encouraged and inspired to write “My Shot,” and other show stoppers.

As the lights dimmed, tears formed in my eyes as the live orchestra played the first few notes of the opening song and the cast appeared onstage with actor Joshua Henry as Aaron Burr. I was pleased with his voice, and noticed the ensemble sounded very similar to the original cast. What electrified me were their facial expressions. Seeing Henry’s expressions while listening to his strong and powerful voice, especially in “Wait For It” had everyone in the audience applauding. Even though some people in the audience know Burr was “cursed as the villain in history,” the audience adored Henry.  Another winning Henry scene was “Dear Theodosia” with Burr in one chair and Hamilton in another singing about his son Phillip.

I glanced at my Hamilton newbie neighbors to see if they were enjoying the show as much as I was. The husband was starting to fall asleep. WHAT? I wanted to nudge him awake to see Michael Luwoye as Hamilton sing “My Shot,” yet left that to his wife. How could you fall asleep with the lights, sounds and brilliant voices bringing a historical American journey of Independence to life? 

I was surprised to see one of the wealthy Schuyler sisters, Angelica, sporting a dyed Mohawk hair style. Emmy Raver-Lampman’s voice was so similar to the original cast member Renée Elise Goldsberry, that I thought it was the same actress, just with a different look. However during intermission, I realized she was a new, glorious Angelica, as she sang “Satisfied” in the wedding scene. Realizing her beloved sister Eliza was falling head over heels with the same man in the number “Helpless,” Angelica knew she and Hamilton would never be fully satisfied. 

Listening to the CD hundreds of times, I was mesmerized by Soo’s voice as Eliza. In the Los Angeles cast, Solea Pfeiffer had the audience begging for more while singing “That Would Be Enough”. She has us in tears as she heartbreakingly sings about her husband’s infidelity in “Burn”. I sat at the edge of my seats as she burned many of the letters he had written to her over the years, while trying to “erase herself from the narrative,” in history books. 

The character Peggy played by the talented Amber Iman provided some comic relief during “The Schuyler Sisters” number and won pity from the audience as Maria Reynolds. 

With the spirit of revolution in the air, the whimsical Samuel Seabury (Andrew Wojtal) provided a few chuckles before Rory O’Malley playfully reminds the colonists that as King George, he will fight for their submission in “You’ll Be Back.” He exaggerated his facial expressions and mannerism in signing, “What Comes Next?” while wondering how his rebels would successfully govern on their own. His giddiness was amplified when hearing about the United States’ political turmoil in “I Know Him”.

Lighting Designer Howell Binkley enhanced the musical numbers especially with “Right Hand Man” and one of my favorite songs, “Rise Up” as General George Washington (played by the talented Isaiah Johnson) receiving enthusiastic applause.

In fact, I haven’t been to a show in quite some time where the audience applauds, whistles, hoots and appreciatively hollers after every musical number. In fact sometimes they couldn’t contain their exuberance while waiting until the last note was sung, before conveying to the cast their admiration.

Another winning scene is Hamilton, Laurens, Lafayette and Mulligan drunkenly celebrating Hamilton’s marriage to Eliza with “buddy-style” camaraderie. The talented Jordan Donica playing the character Lafayette, also plays the giant Afro jiggling head Thomas Jefferson. Donica wowed the audience with his comedic timing and French accent. His bigger than life personality draws all eyes on him whenever he enters the stage. 

Mathenee Treco as the thug-like spy Hercules Mulligan and also as James Madison was also a lot of fun to watch.

Director Thomas Kail and Scenic Designer David Korins idea of a round movable Lazy-Susan-style stage worked so well in many scenes, especially in the musical number “Ten Duel Commandments.”

Another scenic stunner was the ensemble’s choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler. The ensemble and Hamilton’s tilted desk musical number “Non-Stop” right before intermission was very clever as we watched Hamilton “write like he’s running out of time.” 

I wasn’t sure how they would portray Hamilton’s affair with Maria Reynolds in “Say No To This,” yet it was tasteful and family friendly. 

Burr brought down the house again with his envy of Hamilton’s power during another stunning musical number “The Room Where It Happens.” I tell you, this Joshua Henry can sing!

Luwoye and Johnson in “One Last Time” as George Washington resigns, sets the stage for the twist in the plot with “The Reynolds Pamphlet” and “Never Gonna Be President Now.”

One could hear a pin drop as the audience watches Hamilton crumble physically and emotionally while begging for Eliza’s forgiveness, as the ensemble sings “It’s Quiet Uptown,” and during the aftermath of Hamilton’s son, Philip’s death. The young Ruben J. Carvajal is believable as Philip and the character John Laurens.

After the historical dual between Burr and Hamilton, and Hamilton’s soliloquy on death, we still have sympathy for the man who killed Alexander Hamilton in “The World Was Wide Enough”. 

At the end of the story, Eliza upholds her husband’s legacy and outlives him 50 more years. Her drive to interview everyone who knew Hamilton helps her tell his story. We learn she establishes a private orphanage in his honor during the sensational song, “Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story.” 

Walking out of the Pantages Theatre almost three hours later, I rushed over to The Stage Door to meet the newer cast. “History Has Its Eyes” on Hamilton, “So Take A Break” and buy a tickets to one of the hottest American Musicals in history. “You’ll Be Back” and sometimes will feel “Helpless” after seeing this Los Angeles cast perform in a show that will leave you “Satisfied”, because they “Blow Us All Away.”