The Broadway musical, Hamilton, may have saved Hamilton the man. At least, it may have saved Hamilton's place on the ten-dollar bill. There was a movement afoot to redesign the ten-dollar bill and honor an American woman. That would have removed a key founding father, who was had a major hand in creating many of the important govenmental institutions, from the bill.
One of the founding fathers is a having a serious resurgence of interest in his life. Alexander Hamilton has a big bestselling biography on his life. On the improbable side, there is also a big hit musical about Hamilton's life with rap and hip hop beats to score it's song list and express the turbulent event that took place in Hamilton's life. Amazingly, the musical, which serves up a serious history lesson while laying down the urban beats is booked up on Broadway through at least January of next year and has proved itself a crowd pleaser.
Without question, 'Hamilton' is one of the largest productions to hit Broadway in the last few years, as it has reigned week after week in the top ten grossing shows on the Great White Way. The show has received rave reviews, countless awards, nominations, and press coverage, and is currently the fifth highest-grossing production on Broadway, falling behind major shows like 'The Lion King' and 'Wicked.' The top shows on Broadway are unquestionably successful, but can they be compared to The West End productions in London?
Late-summer into early fall tends to be a dry-spell period when it comes to Broadway ticket sales and attendance, as post-Labor Day is a time when shows close their doors and grosses take a huge dip. The lull rarely lasts longer than mid-October when the market takes a huge swing into the green around this time of year, and similarly after the Christmas season when March rolls around. This year, the October jump occurred just after Columbus Day holiday weekend for the resale ticket market, as the jump in average ticket price is actually 5% higher than it was at this time last year. Shows such as 'The King and I' and 'A Gentleman's Guide of Love and Murder' are particularly experiencing ticket price surges.
Star Trek helmsmen and internet sensation, George Takei, is coming to the Great White Way in A new musical, “Allegiance,” set to open next season at the Shubert Theatre.
Alan Menken has joined the creative team for the new Broadway-bound bio-musical "Happy Trails: The Extraordinary Life and Times of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans in Song & Story." The show focuses on the iconic couple and their influence in American pop-culture history. The creative team for the new show includes director Des McAnuff, who staged the hit "Jersey Boys" and won a Tony for his work on "Big River" and "The Who’s Tommy."
Legendary performer Stevie Wonder will be producing an eight-hour miniseries for NBC titled "Freedom Run," which will tell the story of the actual people involved in the Underground Railroad. Wonder will also create the score for a Broadway musical which will be based upon the same idea.
The composer/lyricist and rock legend will join the cast for five weeks starting December 9.
Emmy-winner Kelsey Grammer and Olivier-winner Laura Michelle Kelly will co-star in the new musical opposite Matthew Morrison as J.M. Barrie, creator of 'Peter Pan.'
Composer/lyricist Jerry Herman was the first to have three shows that have run for over 1,500 performances on Broadway.
The 'Glee' star and Tony Award nominee will play 'Peter Pan' author J.M. Barrie in the Broadway premiere of the musical.
Foregoes royalties, boosts backstage morale, may join cast.
'Deathtrap' and 'Bye Bye Birdie' are also on tap for the company, whose productions netted 21 Jeff Award nominations this year.
'It Shoulda Been You,' a new wedding comedy by Brian Hargrove and Barbara Anselmi, is set to open this spring.
This sweeping, artfully told story about the working class has the scope and drama that the big Broadway musical has traditionally been all about.