Hamilton is launching its national tour in San Francisco. The hit Broadway musical begins what's likely to be a 21-week run in March 2017, the San Francisco-based presenter SHN announced Tuesday. The touring production then heads to the Hollywood Pantages Theater in August.
In the Heights creator Lin-Manuel Miranda's innovative musical about the life of founding father Alexander Hamilton blending rap, hip-hop and jazz influences has drawn rapt audiences since it opened on Broadway last August. Tickets have been in high demand, with resale prices soaring beyond the $900 mark. The Broadway production is sold out through Oct. 30.
Hundreds of people have been lining up outside the Richard Rodgers Theatre in Manhattan on performance days to try their hands at winning the ticket lottery, prompting the show's management presenter to move proceedings online for safety reasons.
The show has a strong Bay Area connection: Oakland-born rapper and actor Daveed Diggs plays the leading roles in the Broadway production of the characters Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson.
Hamilton will anchor SHN's 2016-2017 season, joining Tony Award-winning play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Four additional Broadway productions will be announced this March. SHN member seats for the season are currently available, ranging in price from $245 to $700. Single ticket sales for Hamilton will be announced at a later date.
Bay Area audiences won't be the first to see Hamilton outside of New York City. The Broadway producers have announced an open-ended run in Chicago starting in Sept. 2016.