Seeing Hamilton at ASU Gammage? Here's How to Get Ready

Hamilton company during the Hamilton national tour.
Hamilton company during the Hamilton national tour. Joan Marcus
You don’t need to be a musical theater geek to appreciate the musical Hamilton. It’s the hottest ticket on Broadway since The Book of Mormon, and the tour hits ASU Gammage from January 30 through February 25.

Hamilton explores the life of Alexander Hamilton, the man whose face graces all those 10-spots in your pocket. He’s a founding father with immigrant roots, and his story is particularly prescient amid America’s current cultural climate.

Hopefully you’ve already got your tickets, but don’t give up if you’re not one of the fortunate few. The theater will have a ticket lottery for the show. And, as of this writing, tickets are still popping up through the ASU Gammage website.

It’s fine to just show up and take it all in, of course. But if you want to go full-on Hamilton, we’ve got some suggestions on ways to get ready for the show.

Read Ron Chernow’s book
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Chernow wrote the biography that inspired Broadway wunderkind Lin-Manuel Miranda to create the musical Hamilton. Miranda read Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton while on vacation, then wrote a rap song he performed for President Obama at the White House, and the rest in history. It’s a tome (with more than 800 pages), so you'll need to start sooner rather than later. And feel free to skim. You can always come back to it after you’ve seen the show.

Check out the lyrics
Unless you’re well-versed in the rhythms of rap, you’ll probably have a hard time catching all the lyrics the first time you hear them. Miranda packs a lot of words into his songs, so it’s easy to miss their full measure if you’re not up to speed. Listen to the Hamilton soundtrack before you head to the theater. That way, you can spend more time enjoying the show and less time wondering whether you missed anything. You can read all the lyrics online as well.

click to enlarge Amber Iman, Emily Raver-Lampman, and Hamilton company during the Hamilton national tour. - JOAN MARCUS
Amber Iman, Emily Raver-Lampman, and Hamilton company during the Hamilton national tour.
Joan Marcus
Watch a sneak peek
Maybe you missed the documentary film titled Hamilton’s America when it was broadcast on PBS as part of the Great Performances series in 2016. But you can watch clips online (or the whole thing, if you’re a PBS supporter). The film includes footage of the New York production with the original cast, interviews with Miranda and other creatives, and visits to historic sites related to Hamilton’s life and times.

Get social
For the full fandom experience, you should follow the official Broadway show, Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, and ASU Gammage on social media. Keep a close eye on the theater's online presence, especially, if you're looking for news of lotteries and show-related experiences.

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Lynn Trimble is an award-winning freelance writer and photographer specializing in arts and culture, including visual and performing arts
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