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'Hamilton' Fans Line Up For Opening of Pop-Up Shop

By Veronika Bondarenko | October 7, 2016 3:07pm | Updated on October 7, 2016 7:01pm
 The Hamilton pop-up shop will feature t-shirts with lines from the show.
The Hamilton pop-up shop will feature t-shirts with lines from the show.
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Diehard "Hamilton" fans — past patiently waiting — lined up for the opening of the musical's pop-up shop Friday.

The "Hamilton" store, located in the Paramount Hotel across from the musical's home at the Richard Rogers Theatre at 226 W. 46th St., is the second pop-up shop to open in the city. (The first came to Bloomingdale's in April.)

Nicki Laporte, a 31-year-old theater teacher from Connecticut, showed up an hour early to be first in line when the shop opened its doors at noon.

"I'm thinking of getting a shirt, a libretto and maybe one vinyl," she said.

Hamilton Pop-Up Store

"Hamilton" fans lined up for the musical's pop-up shop opening on Oct. 7. (DNAinfo/Veronika Bondarenko)

Store manager Roque Berlanga said that the store is stocked with T-shirts and books sold inside the theater and at the first pop-up shop, as well as a new line of T-shirts designed specifically for the opening

"We're really happy with the line," he said.

Lauren Jackson and her mother Susan Cutshall, who were visiting New York from Kentucky, saw the musical Wednesday night and found out about the store opening from Instagram.

"We wanted to be there when it opened," said Cutshall.

Hamilton Pop-Up Store

Tom Inman, Sam Banigan, and Andrew Thomas (L to R) wait in line for the Hamilton shop opening. (DNAinfo/Veronika Bondarenko)

As fans waited in line, they began to take selfies and chat about their shared love for Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical. 

"We'll start singing a song and hopefully everyone else will follow along," said Andrew Thomas, 20, who waited with fellow acting students Sam Banigan, 19, and Tom Inman, 21.

The store is located in the Paramount Hotel at 235 W. 46th St. between Eighth Avenue and Broadway. Opening hours are Mondays from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.