Since it's starting on Monday, we can get this thread ready for first preview!
I will be there opening preview.
Previews start tomorrow!!
I'm going Friday!
Could this be the next show end up joining a long line of Broadway hits such as A Chorus Line, Annie, Cats, Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, Beauty & the Beast, Rent, The Lion King, The Producers, Mamma Mia!, Hairspray, Wicked, Jersey Boys, and The Book of Mormon that were able to breakout into popular culture?
'Hamilton' Heads to Broadway in a Hip-Hop Retelling
I just really hate their marketing materials and logo. It does feel iconic enough at all.
I'm curious if they'll go the Book of Mormon route and never actually show any Broadway show footage in their promotional material. Mormon's gone four years without ever using any b-roll in their ads!
"Could this be the next show end up joining a long line of Broadway hits such as A Chorus Line, Annie, Cats, Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, Beauty & the Beast, Rent, The Lion King, The Producers, Mamma Mia!, Hairspray, Wicked, Jersey Boys, and The Book of Mormon that were able to breakout into popular culture? 'Hamilton' Heads to Broadway in a Hip-Hop Retelling"
Normally, I would say it has just as much of a chance to flop as it does becoming a hit. However, it appears this show was a hit off-Broadway. Now it is only a matter of how much success it will enjoy. It does have the feeling this could be HUGE.
I just wonder if the "hip-hop" sound will be able to stand up against the test of time like Phantom, Wicked and many others.
Why do people here constantly put "hip-hop" in quotes? Not at all jumping on you, Dave13, but I've noticed it in many different threads here. You wouldn't put "jazz" or "rock and roll" in quotes, would you? I don't know, maybe you would, but it seems odd to me.
Also, the score is a lot more than just hip-hop. It borrows from everything from classic jazz to Brit Pop to R&B to blues and soul, and yes, rap and hip-hop. And hip-hop music and culture has been around for a very long time, at least since the 70s as far as the New York City music scene is concerned. It's decidedly not a "fad", any more than any other genre of music. Whether or not the show stands the test of time remains to be seen, but hip-hop has already been hanging around for decades and doesn't show any signs of gong anywhere.
I think because it's not actual hip-hop. It's more of a Broadway sounding "hip hop." It's like hip-hop-ish.
Is anyone going tonight?
Not you, apparently.
I think it's going to be huge at least for a while.
Whether it has "legs" or not remains to be seen. Will it be a few years or a "now and forever" -type thing?
Huge, yeah. This advance reminds me of the CHORUS LINE days, the last thing to move uptown with this kind of profile. People have mentioned PIRATES to me, but that was very much about the original cast (though it did beautifully with many replacements). I remember how it literally took months just to get in to CHORUS LINE, into the building, forget the seats. (And it wasn't expensive back then.) This feels closest to LINE.
They have a 27 million dollar advance.
There is no question about whether it has legs. It does. People are paying.
$27.6 million advance. F*ck. That's damn good.
First show to recoup before playing a single performance?!
OK, but is the advance higher than it cost to bring the show to Broadway?
The show doesn't look like it's very expensive to run. They probably are close to recouping. I hope the cast remains level headed through all the excitement.
Hamilton will be very successful on Broadway but whether it'll have the same sort of success internationally like The Lion King, Wicked etc remains to be seen,
Well the subject is very much about America so it probably won't have the same impact in other countries. Wicked, A Chorus Line, Rent and Lion King all have universal themes and aren't tied down to one thing like Hamilton is.
Aside from the financial success it already is, and I’m sure will continue to be, I absolutely think “Hamilton” will earn its place in theatre history. It really feels more like a “movement” than any other musical in many, many years. It doesn’t just feel “popular”, like BoM or Wicked -- it feels important. It’s unique, it’s a masterpiece of writing, it’s opening up theatre to new styles, fans, and diversity, and it’s already making noise in the mainstream.
With every new article I read, every new magazine it pops up in, every new piece of praise it receives from artists of all kinds, I get a sense of witnessing a moment in theatre history that will be talked about. I get the feeling that while it’s happening right now we aren’t even able to get a sense of just how much of an impact “Hamilton” will have on the course of this art form.
Between “Hamilton” and the success of “Fun Home” this year, I feel like we are in a very important and evolving time in musical theatre. The art form is always evolving, and it certainly doesn’t mean that musicals of old will no longer be produced or respected, but if these two musicals are an indication of where musical theatre is going and the possibilities of what can be put onstage (and accepted by the masses), I’m excited to see what else the success of these two musicals ushers in for the future.
Happy opening to the “Hamilton” company tonight! I’ll be there on Saturday to cheer everyone on.
^^^ very well stated! I agree 100 percent.
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