The early 2000s and 2010s have been a particularly rich couple of decades for the world of theater, with record-breaking, boundary pushing productions like Book of Mormon, Waitress and Fun Home, among countless revivals and adaptations of classics like The Color Purple. But nothing has received the hype of Hamilton, a phenomenon of a musical that’s finally coming to Washington, DC.

Those who will be in town during Hamilton’s Washington, DC performance dates—June 12th – September 16th this year—ought to join the frenzy for tickets to catch this one-of-a-kind show. Not sure why? Here’s a little background on the show and its well-deserved, unmatched hype.

The Story & The Hype

The smashing success of Hamilton has turned its writer and original star Lin-Manuel Miranda from a theater-world darling to a household name. The musical uses Miranda’s hip-hop, pop, rap and R&B songs to tell the story of the life, political career, and astonishing death of founding father Alexander Hamilton in a beloved fashion. Some recognizable characters who show up in the narrative include George Washington, King George III, Aaron Burr and Thomas Jefferson, along with women who influenced Hamilton’s life, including his wife Eliza and her sister Angelica.

The show, which has been sold out in every city its visited, and which is still a near-impossible ticket to getin New York City, has earned an astonishing number of awards and accolades. You have to believe the hype when one production has won a litany of Tony Awards, including Best Musical, as well as a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album, and a Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

The Venue

Those who will be able to take advantage when Hamilton comes to Washington, DC will get to enjoy the production in one of Washington, DC’s most historic venues—The Kennedy Center. Located on the Potomac River, the Kennedy Center has large, regal auditoriums that host some of the most distinguished concerts and shows in the world.

Other Great Productions Coming To DC

This summer, the Kennedy Center will also host a number of critically-acclaimed productions, concerts and screenings. Among the most anticipated shows, there will be a run of the Tony-winning revival of The Color Purple, as well as live orchestral scores to films like Harry Potter And The Prisoner of Azkaban, and the electrifying new musical Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of the Temptations.

How to get tickets to Hamilton the Musical

Unsurprisingly, tickets to Hamilton at the Kennedy Center are officially sold out. Don’t panic, though. Resale sites like Stubhub are a great option to find tickets throughout the production’s run at The Kennedy Center.

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