Hamilton National Tour Announces West Coast Launch
Theater-going Americans on the West Coast have proved they are willing to Wait For It. Being required to either plan a cross-country trip or wait it out, American’s on the West Coast have been left Helpless without a production of Hamilton to themselves. However, that all changed today as producers announced details regarding the show and it’s upcoming national tour! Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that the West Coast will be home to the launch of the national tour of Hamilton in 2017!
Producers of Hamilton announced that the musical’s national tour will kick off on the West Coast next year playing San Francisco and Los Angeles first. The production will commence at San Francisco‘s SHN Orpheum Theatre (Pictured Bottom) where performances will begin March 2017. The show will play a limited 21 week engagement there before heading south to Los Angeles to play the Hollywood Pantages Theatre (Pictured Above Right). The show will play there August 11th through December 30th, 2017. Tickets are not on sale yet for either engagement. The production is expected to announce more cities and dates soon the national tour will play following its engagement in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Casting for the national tour has yet to be announced.
The national tour announced by Hamilton producers today comes as a completely separate production from the already announced open-ended run of Hamilton slated to begin in Chicago later this year. Casting for that production is underway but has not been announced yet. Hamilton will begin performances on September 27, 2016 at the PrivateBank Theatre as a part of the “Broadway In Chicago” series. Producer Jeffery Seller announced the production with pride mentioning his first theatrical going experience was not in New York on Broadway, but in the windy city of Chicago; an accessible theatre-mecca for thousands of Americans living in the Midwest.
London is also seeking to welcome Hamilton to its West End Theatre scene sometime in 2017. While negotiations are still under wraps for that production, it is believed Cameron Mackintosh (Pictured Right) will help usher the Americans back to their starting point as the American mega-musical crosses the pond and hopes to not “drive the British away” for once and rather into the seats instead. Casting, a theatre and specific dates for a London production have not been announced at this time.
Hamilton opened on Broadway this past summer, August 6th, 2015, after beginning previews July 13th at The Richard Rodgers Theatre. The show moved uptown to Broadway following a critically acclaimed and sold-out run at The Public Theatre last spring. On Broadway, the show received the same acclaim and launched itself into the national spotlight for its unique quality. That quality? A musical about the founding fathers and birth of our nation told solely through hip-hop and rap. The show has become the hottest ticket in town with performances being nearly or entirely sold out for at least another year. If you are interested in purchasing tickets for future performances, the first opportunity you have is November 2016. Otherwise, you can enter the, now rather famous, Ham4Ham lotto which draws hundreds if not thousands of entries daily as theatre-goers enter for a chance to see the show for only $10, a fraction of what tickets are going for.
Luner Lowdown: Hamilton is Noooooonstop! Get it? We are pleased to learn to West Coast will finally (And hopefully) be Satisfied with a dose of Hamilton in 2017. We’re not surprised to learn the national tour will kick off far from the show’s home base in New York and a second open-ended run occurring in Chicago beginning in 2016. The national tour will more than likely reach out to play cities for audiences who would not normally be able to attend either the New York or Chicago production easily. The tour will announce more dates soon and we expect it may come close to either of these two productions, but not too close. Hamilton will have to make sure to not over saturate the market with itself. Although, I do believe many who have seen the show from around the nation would pay a second or even third visit to the show’s other incarnations despite having previously seen it. We can’t wait to learn more about these upcoming U.S. productions and hearing more about a London run sometime soon in 2016!
Luner on Theatre will keep you updated on the multiple productions of Hamilton slated to begin around the United States and internationally in the coming months and years. Much information about these productions is still unknown and we will be sure to keep you updated as it becomes known to us. For more information, visit Hamilton’s Official Website, Facebook or Twitter. (Please note; Unless a photo is noted to be taken by Luner on Theatre, we do not own/claim ownership for any photos used in this post.) And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!