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'Hamilton,' A Hot Hip Hopera about Founding Father, to Premiere in Chicago

By David Matthews | December 8, 2015 12:55pm
 Daveed Diggs as Thomas Jefferson (center) in a scene from
Daveed Diggs as Thomas Jefferson (center) in a scene from "Hamilton."
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Joan Marcus

THE LOOP — "Hamilton," a wildly popular New York musical about the Founding Father on the $10 bill, is coming to Chicago next year. 

Broadway in Chicago, a group boosting musical theater in The Loop, said Tuesday that the hip hopera on the life of Alexander Hamilton will open Sept. 27, 2016 at the newly-renamed PrivateBank Theatre, 18 W. Monroe St. 

"A thoroughly inventive, wildly entertaining musical about the birth of our nation — with a score that blends hip-hop, pop, blues, jazz and Broadway — 'Hamilton' opened on Broadway earlier this year to enthusiastic reception from critics and audiences of all ages," Broadway in Chicago said in a news release. 

Based off a Hamilton biography and devised by Broadway star Lin-Manuel Miranda, the musical has been a hit since it opened earlier this year in New York. Shows are constantly sold out, and President Barack Obama has seen it twice. The show stars a diverse cast with black actors playing the likes of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr. 

Group tickets for 20 or more will go on sale Jan. 5. and can be bought by calling 312-977-1710. Information on single tickets will be announced later. 

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