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12 Facts About Hamilton

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Hamilton: An American Musical is a musical about the life of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, with music, lyrics and book by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Lin-Manuel Miranda is an American actor, composer, rapper and writer, best known for creating and starring in the Broadway musicals Hamilton and In the Heights.

ALEXANDER HAMILTON by Ronald Blumer

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The show, inspired by the 2004 biography Alexander Hamilton by historian Ron Chernow, achieved both critical acclaim and box office success.

Ronald Chernow is an American writer, journalist, historian, and biographer.

A biography, or simply bio, is a detailed description of a person's life.

Hamilton Opening Night - Cast Perspective by Hamilton: An American Musical

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The musical made its Off-Broadway debut at The Public Theater in February 2015, where its engagement was sold out.

The Public Theater is a New York City arts organization founded as the Shakespeare Workshop in 1954 by Joseph Papp, with the intention of showcasing the works of up-and-coming playwrights and performers.

An Off-Broadway theatre is a professional venue in New York City with a seating capacity between 100 and 499.

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The show transferred to Broadway in August 2015 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.

The Richard Rodgers Theatre is a Broadway theater located at 226 West 46th Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue, in New York City.

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On Broadway, it received enthusiastic critical reception and unprecedented advance box office sales.

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In 2016, Hamilton received a record-setting 16 Tony nominations, winning 11, including Best Musical, and was also the recipient of the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album and the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

A Grammy Award, or Grammy, is an honor awarded by The Recording Academy to recognize outstanding achievement in the mainly English-language music industry.

The Pulitzer Prize is an award for achievements in newspaper, magazine and online journalism, literature, and musical composition in the United States.

The Pulitzer Prize for Drama is one of the seven American Pulitzer Prizes that are annually awarded for Letters, Drama, and Music.

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The prior Off-Broadway production of Hamilton won the 2015 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical as well as seven other Drama Desk Awards out of 14 total nominated categories.

The Drama Desk Awards are presented annually by The Drama Desk Organisation, and were first awarded in 1955 to recognize excellence in New York theatre productions on Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway.

The Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical is an annual award presented by Drama Desk in recognition of achievements in the theatre among Broadway, Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway productions.

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A production of the musical opened in Chicago on September 27, 2016.

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A national touring production is scheduled to begin in San Francisco in March 2017.

San Francisco, officially the City and County of San Francisco, is the cultural, commercial, and financial center of Northern California and the only consolidated city-county in California.

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The musical will also be opening in the West End in October 2017, reopening the Victoria Palace Theatre which is currently being refurbished after the long running show, Billy Elliot, has closed.

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In 2018, Hamilton will begin a nationwide tour.

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Additional information can be found on Hamilton's official website.

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