Lin-Manuel Miranda’s critically acclaimed new musical “Hamilton,” which is now enjoying a sold-out limited run at The Public Theater, will move to Broadway this summer.
“Hamilton,” which tells the story of one of history’s founding fathers and features book, music and lyrics by Miranda and direction from Thomas Kail (“In the Heights”), will begin previews July 13 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Opening date is set for Aug. 6.
It’s a full circle moment for Miranda, who made his Broadway debut at the Richard Rodgers with “In the Heights.”
“The relationship between the audience and the stage at the Richard Rodgers is the best I’ve ever had,” he told NBC New York. “You can see every face, you can communicate with everyone. It feels like a conversation, not like you’re doing a show for people.”
Miranda also told NBC New York why he thought “Hamilton” has been resonating with critics and audiences:
"We deify the founding fathers, and with good reason,” Miranda said. “But they were people. And ‘Hamilton’ is a reminder that they were human beings. And they were brilliant but they were flawed. But the fights they had crept into the recipe that made America. We’re all still having those same discussions and those same debates today.”
“Hamilton” will be the second show The Public has transferred to Broadway this year, following Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron's “Fun Home,” which begins performances at the Circle in the Square Theatre on March 27.
“We have produced two shows that are radically different from one another in every way, except they truthfully speak to the time in an extraordinary fashion,” The Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis told NBC New York. “They are of our moment in an amazing way. And one of them is about a lesbian cartoonist and her suicidal father, and the other is about the founding of the United States, but they’re both big, open hearted, innovative, experimental musicals that touch a mainstream audience.”
Tickets for the Broadway engagement of “Hamilton” go on sale March 8 via Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com or 800-745-3000.