Straz Center announces dates for ‘Hamilton,’ other Broadway musicals

Published February 4 2018
Updated February 5 2018

The mystery of the long-anticipated show dates for Hamilton is over.

The hit musical comes to the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts Feb. 12 through March 10, 2019. The center has announced it is giving first priority for seats to season ticket holders.

Itís a big deal for the Straz to get the touring production of the Broadway musical almost universally regarded as a game changer. Hamiltonís innovative blend of American history with minority casting, plus a hip-hop lyrical style that crammed 20,000 words into its song list, snagged 11 Tony awards, a Grammy and a Pulitzer.

"Iíve never seen a show like this," Straz CEO Judith Lisi said in March. "Itís beyond blockbuster."

All current Broadway season ticket holders will have the first opportunity to secure their Hamilton seats by renewing their current package by the deadline of March 12.

"We donít have single ticket prices for Hamilton yet," said Straz spokesman Paul Bilyeu. "We anticipate they will be priced a little higher than the other shows on the season."

The splashiness of that show should not overshadow the rest of the season, which includes 2017 Tony winners for best musical (Dear Evan Hansen) and best revival of a musical (Hello, Dolly!) and a reprise of Les Misťrables.

The season opens with The Play That Goes Wrong (Oct. 16-21), a carefully chaotic comedy that has tickled audiences with farcical disaster visited upon the erstwhile production of a Sherlock Holmes-style mystery. The box office-breaking Hello, Dolly! (Dec. 4-9) follows, a revival that has been hailed for its choreography.

Les Misťrables (Jan. 15-20, 2019) brings Cameron Mackintoshís reimagined production that ran 2?1/2 years on Broadway. This Les Miz includes new staging and scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, who wrote the novel. A Bronx Tale (Jan. 29-Feb. 3, 2019) takes the 1960s Bronx to Tampa, a tough and tender story about boyhood and loyalty directed by Robert DeNiro, who played a sometimes overbearing father in the movie, and multi-Tony-winning director Jerry Zaks. A score by Alan Menken (who also wrote the music for Aladdin, The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast) features original doo-wop tunes and dance numbers.

Then comes Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Mirandaís fast-paced history lesson about the founding father who wrote most of the Federalist papers and served as the first Treasury Department secretary. With a score blending hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and Broadway, Hamilton finds a tightly woven sense of purpose embodied in its closing number, Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story.

Apart from Hamilton, last yearís hottest ticket for new musicals was Dear Evan Hansen (April 9-14, 2019), which navigates subjects of teenage suicide and social anxiety disorder with an engaging vulnerability. The mood switches to intrigue in Anastasia (May 7-12, 2019), a tale of a young woman who survives being shot a century ago. Anastasia flees to Paris in search of her family past, accompanied by a con man and ex-aristocrat and pursued by a Soviet officer determined to kill her.

While all of these stories dabble around the edges of tragedy, Come From Away (June 4-9, 2019) flies headlong into one of our darkest moments, the Sept. 11 attacks. This true story zeroes in on Gander, Newfoundland, after aviation authorities grounded 38 planes there. Residents took most of the 7,000 stranded passengers into their homes, where they bonded and clashed, grieved and sang late into the night. Most characters in the musical are based on the actual townspeople and share their names.

At this time, no sale dates for single tickets have been determined.

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