Hit Broadway musical ’Hamilton’ arrives in Richmond

'Hamilton' Opening night at the Altria Theater

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - It’s here “Hamilton” fans! The national tour of the hit Broadway musical has arrived in Richmond.

“Hamilton” is part of Broadway in Richmond’s 2019-2020 season at Altria Theater.

There will be 24 performances between Nov. 19 and Dec. 8.

Tickets for “Hamilton” are on sale and are available in-person at the Altria Theater Box Office and at BroadwayInRichmond.com. There is a limit of eight tickets person household.

Hamilton arrives to the Altria Theater

The musical was inspired by historian Ron Chernow’s 2004 biography of the founding father, Alexander Hamilton.

“This musical has excited the country in history in a way nothing in our lifetime has done," explained William Rasmussen, Senior Curator of the Virginia Museum of History and Culture.

Hamilton was an immigrant from the British West Indies, and helped establish the financial system of the United States He helped played a large role in Virginia politics. Hamilton was George Washington’s friend--but his political enemies were Virginia native Thomas Jefferson, as well as James Madison.

“The musical is remarkably accurate,” said Rasmussen.

While Hamilton the Musical continues on a three week run in the River City, the history and culture museum is offering the chance to answer the question, “who is Alexander Hamilton?” through an exhibit called, “Founding Frenemies: Hamilton and The Virginians.”

Objects on display illustrate Alexander Hamilton’s service as General George Washington’s right-hand man, his leadership at the Battle of Yorktown, his partnership with James Madison in writing the Federalist Papers, his impact as Secretary of the Treasury, and his infamous battles with Thomas Jefferson.
Founding Frenemies: Hamilton and The Virginians

The exhibit includes 10 songs from the musical, and each songs represents a moment in time during Hamilton’s legacy. Rasmussen says it is a legacy many did not talk about until the last 15-20 years, when the biography and musical debuted.

“Hamilton is on the ten dollar bill, he was about to go off the ten dollar bill, until the musical came along and then the treasury department officials decided ‘we need to keep him,' Rasmussen explained. "It was appropriate for him to be on the bill, he established the financial system of the country.”

The 2019-20 season of Broadway in Richmond includes:

  • Waitress: Feb. 12-17, 2019
  • The Book Of Mormon: March 26-31, 2019
  • Something Rotten!: May 17-19, 2019
  • Charlie and Chocolate Factory: Sept. 17-22, 2019
  • The Play That Goes Wrong: Oct. 22-27, 2019
  • Hamilton Nov. 19-Dec. 8, 2019
  • Cats: Feb. 4-8, 2020
  • Fiddler on the Roof: April 7-12, 2020
  • Wicked: June 3-14, 2020

During the three-week showing of “Hamilton,” there are expected to be parking and traffic congestion. Patrons are encouraged to use a car service and arrive at the theater earlier than normal due to congestion. Parking will be available, but is limited, at VCU parking facilities near the venue. Additional directions can be found, HERE.

For more information and to purchase tickets for the 2018-2019 season, visit BroadwayInRichmond.com or call 804-592-3401.

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