I'm going Wednesday. Even if O'Neill and Expressionist theater aren't your thing, the cast is fantastic and the staging will be amazing. The Armory is a unique space in NYC - I highly recommend the experience. Last year Kenneth Branagh's Macbeth filling the Drill Hall was unforgettable. If you can get a ticket, go!
I was there last night. Only time I've had trouble exiting the theater after curtain because the audience was surging toward the stage (Trudeau and Ivanka) and not away from it. He was very charming in his pre-show remarks.
I also saw it last weekend. There's actually a fair amount of discussion about Hillary. I think it will necessarily evoke a strong response to the political situation, although the plays haven't been overtly political. I found it incredibly moving, my favorite of the trilogy.
I won a couple of weeks ago. You can't pick up the tickets until 1/2 hour before curtain, with photo ID. They announce winners st 4 pm and curtain time the day I won is 7 pm, so you can't live too far away if you want to use the tickets. I think the odds are better if you only want one ticket -NYTimes reported this in their article on the economics of Hamilton.
The influx of big money and private/public partnerships has made it worth it for theater owners to restore the beautiful Broadwsy theaters we have left. I can't think of one Broadway theater that hasn't been restored in the past 10-15 years. They're something for New Yorkers to be really proud of. So maybe there's some good from the Disney-fying?
Just saw the Sat matinee and was disturbed that there were whole rows of empty seats in the mezzanine. Are people turned off by the subject? Mixed reviews for a show that just opened shouldn't make that kind of difference. I hope it gets seen: Benjamin Walker's performance was riveting and the production design was original and really effective.
NYTimes reporting that the Tony committee will decide if it's treated as a revival on 4/29, the day after the 4/28 opening, so it would seem they have to open without knowing their Tony category. But really, how on earth can this be a revival when the book is entirely different and it's explicitly about the making of, and aftermath of, the original production?
Saw this last weekend and I agree about poor enunciation/clarity of sound. I was surprised that (at least last Saturday night) the performers were all wearing headset microphones. The headsets were visible and seemed like a really clunky choice. Also the sound was uneven in volume. Did anyone else notice the headsets? Anyone better acquainted with what might be happening with sound design during previews?
That's a lot of (excellent) musicals. I highly recommend The Humans as a non-musical palate cleanser. It's an extraordinary play: touching, funny, and both culturally and politically resonant. Enjoy your visit!