More than two years after premiering on Broadway, “Hamilton” is still one of the toughest tickets to get in New York, with shows sold out months in advance and tickets selling for over $1,000 on secondary markets.
But this year, access to “Hamilton” becomes more democratic, with a U.S. tour spanning dozens of cities, including an eventual New Orleans stop at the Saenger Theatre in March 2019 as part of the 2018-19 East Jefferson General Hospital Broadway in New Orleans series.
While single-ticket sales for the upcoming season’s shows will be announced in coming months, patrons can purchase a season subscription — which includes “Hamilton" — starting today at 11 a.m.
“Hamilton,” written by Broadway breakout star Lin-Manuel Miranda, is an inventive reimagining of the story of Alexander Hamilton and his role among the Founding Fathers.
With an ethnically diverse cast and a hip-hop-inspired soundtrack, the show is one of the most critically and commercially successful Broadway musicals in history. “Hamilton” racked up a slew of Tony Awards, snagged a Grammy for the original cast regarding, and even earned Miranda a Pulitzer Prize, all while breaking box office records along the way.
“The season of ‘Hamilton’ is finally here, and we could not be more delighted to present the extraordinary story and unforgettable music of this production to New Orleans audiences,” said David Skinner, general manager of the Saenger.
“The remainder of the season is complementary to beloved productions such as ‘Hamilton’ and offers a variety of tales — old and new — that will keep audiences entertained all season long.”
Subscribers to the 2018-19 season can choose between six-show and seven-show packages, with the option to see “Les Miserables,” one of Broadway's biggest hits.
The shows are:
“Disney’s Aladdin” (Sept. 26-Oct. 7), a romantic tale that involves a young boy, a princess and a genie who emerges from a magic lamp to offer three wishes that change their lives forever.
“School of Rock” (Oct. 30-Nov. 4), based on the film about a substitute teacher who ditches the lesson plan and transforms a classroom full of overachievers into a wild rock band. The stage adaptation includes 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, along with all of the original songs from the film.
“On Your Feet” (Nov. 27 – Dec. 2), the story of pop sensations Emilio and Gloria Estefan, who make it big with their Latin-tinged 1980s radio hits but nearly lose everything when tragedy strikes. The jukebox musical incorporates Estefan’s best-known songs, including “The Rhythm Is Gonna Get You” and “Conga.”
“Elf, the Musical” (Dec. 18-23), based on the movie about a young kid, Buddy, raised among elves in Santa’s workshop. When a heartbroken Buddy realizes he’s not an elf, he sets out for New York City to find his real father and brings the magic of Christmas to the big city.
“Les Misérables,” (Jan. 8-13, 2019), the perennial Broadway favorite adapted from Victor Hugo’s 1862 novel about Jean Valjean, a French peasant who is jailed for stealing a loaf of bread and released 19 years later as the country is being swept up in a revolutionary fervor.
“The Book of Mormon” (Feb. 5-10, 2019), from “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, is a raunchy and expletive-laden tale of two Mormon missionaries who set out for Africa to spread their religious beliefs.
“Hamilton” (March 12-31, 2019), the pop-culture smash about an ambitious young immigrant from the West Indies who — alongside George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and his rival Aaron Burr — helps to create a new nation.
“Come From Away” (May 28-June 2, 2019), an ode to kindness and humanity based on the true story of thousands of airline passengers stranded in a small town in Newfoundland when their flights were redirected after the 9/11 attacks.
Season tickets start at $273 for a seven-show package and $240 for a six-show package. Tickets can be purchased by calling (800) 218-7469 or online at www.BroadwayInNewOrleans.com.