The Broadway production of "Hamilton" led by Lin-Manuel Miranda.
The Broadway production of “Hamilton” led by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Ever since we posted the news that Broadway blockbuster “Hamilton” would be coming to the Fox Theater during the Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta 2017-18 season, it has been one of our most read stories every single week. During the musical’s recent sweep of the Tony Awards, that post from February was the most read story for two days with thousands searching for details on tickets and dates. The show is sold out well into next year on Broadway and hundreds line up daily for a ticket lottery or unclaimed seats at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.

Russ Belin, Vice President of Broadway in Atlanta, said he’s also been inundated with questions about “Hamilton,” but he can only say that it will definitely be on the Fox stage sometime in late 2017 or in 2018. “We have no exact dates or ticket prices,” Belin said. “We’re waiting to get that information from the production company.”

Belin said the only way to guarantee a ticket for “Hamilton” is to subscribe to the 2016-2017 season (which includes “Cabaret,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “The Bodyguard,” and “An American in Paris”) and renewing for the 2017-2018 season. You can find out about subscriptions at this link. A seven show season package starts at just $224, Belin said.

Featurings music, lyrics, and book by Lin-Manuel Miranda, “Hamilton” was inspired by the 2004 biography “Alexander Hamilton” by historian Ron Chernow. The musical follows the scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America, from bastard orphan to Washington’s right hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country’s first sex scandal to Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Eliza Hamilton and lifelong Hamilton friend and foe, Aaron Burr, all make appearances in the tuner about America’s fiery past. Along with the clutch of Tony’s, Miranda (who is soon leaving the Broadway cast) also won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Belin, who has seen “Hamilton” on Broadway, describes it as “brilliant.”

“The hype is well-deseved,” he said. “From the storyline and the music – it’s so original. You have to experience it in person.”

But before “Hamilton” arrives, Belin is also excited about the shows in the upcoming season, including “The Bodyguard,” which was a big hit in London’s West End and is on tour before heading to Broadway. Singer Deborah Cox will take on the Whitney Houston role in the musical, which features all the songs from the film and more.

The always edgy “Cabaret” won the Tony last year for best revival, and that’s the version coming to the Fox. Belin said “Phantom of the Opera” did so well two years ago at the Fox that they rushed to get it back for eager fans.

Been noted that “Riverdance” hasn’t been back in Atlanta in a number of years and is currently on its 20th anniversary tour, while “Mama Mia!” is on its farewell tour and won’t be back again for awhile.

The 2016-17 season opens Sept. 27- Oct. 2 with “The Illusionists,” which Belin said is something a “little different” for the Broadway in Atlanta series. Seven magicians will be onstage performing mind-bending illusions, and Belin said it was a surprise hit on Broadway.

The full 2016/2017 Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta lineup includes:

The Illusionists:  Sept. 27 – Oct. 2, 2016

Cabaret: Nov. 1 – 6, 2016

A Christmas Story, The Musical:  Nov. 29 – Dec. 4, 2016

The Bodyguard: March 28 – April 2, 2017

Matilda the Musical: April 18 – 23, 2017

Finding Neverland: May 16 – 21, 2017

An American in Paris: Aug. 15 – 20, 2017

2016/2017 Season Options:

The Little Mermaid:  Jan. 12 – 15, 2017

The Phantom of the Opera:  Feb. 22 – March 5, 2017

Annie: March 17-19

Riverdance: May 5-7, 2017

Mamma Mia!: June 13 – 18, 2017

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Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.

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