WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — An Uptown landmark has teamed up with the Public Theater to offer the last tickets in town to one of this season’s most anticipated musicals — a hip-hop take on the life of Alexander Hamilton.
"Hamilton," a musical by Tony-winner and Uptown resident Lin-Manuel Miranda, will run from Jan. 20 to March 22 at The Public Theater. All performances are sold out with the exception of the Feb. 5 performance, which will benefit the historic Morris-Jumel Mansion at 65 Jumel Terrace.
Tickets will offer theatergoers the chance to meet Miranda, the writer behind the Broadway hit "In the Heights," at a pre-show cocktail reception and to take part in a post-show Q&A session.
Tickets range from $500 for the “VIP Experience” to $90 for students and Uptown residents. Tickets can be purchased either online or by calling the Morris-Jumel Mansion.
The show, which combines traditional Broadway-style tunes with elements of hip-hop, is a take on the life of Hamilton, the first Secretary of the Treasury.
Mark Delucas, a spokesman for the Morris-Jumel Mansion, said this show is a particularly appropriate choice for a benefit because of its subject matter.
Delucas said that Hamilton had also visited the mansion, which served as George Washington’s temporary headquarters during the Revolutionary War, on at least one occasion.
“We know for sure he was at the mansion in 1790 for a dinner with Washington’s cabinet,” Delucas said.
Other dinner guests at that event included Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Henry Knox.
Delucas said that Hamilton, who was Washington’s senior aide, also likely attended tactical meetings at the mansion during the Revolution.
Miranda is also a frequent visitor of the historic home.
“Lin-Manuel Miranda has been a friend of the mansion for sometime,” Delucas said. “He actually wrote some parts of the play in the mansion.”
While hip-hop may seem to some like an unusual twist for such a subject matter, Miranda sees things differently.
At a 2012 performance at the White House, Miranda described Hamilton as embodying the spirit of hip-hop. He noted that Hamilton “caught beef with every other founding father” and was propelled to success on the strength of his writing ability.
“I think he embodies the words ability to make a difference,” he said at the performance.