‘My Shot’: A montage from ‘Hamilton’
Here’s your shot, Kansas City.
“Hamilton,” the Tony- and Pulitzer-winning musical phenomenon by Lin-Manuel Miranda, is coming to the Music Hall in 2019 for a run of nearly three weeks.
Broadway Across America and Theater League announced Sunday that “Hamilton” will play the Music Hall from June 18 through July 7, 2019. It’s the big finale to a season that includes newer offerings such as “School of Rock” and “Anastasia,” a return of “The Book of Mormon” and the old standbys “Rent” and “Evita.”
With nearly three weeks of performances, plenty of “Hamilton” tickets should — should — be available. But don’t dawdle.
First dibs on seats will go to those who renew their 2017-18 season tickets by mid-February.
Anyone who wants to be a new season subscriber will be placed on a waiting list at BroadwayInKC.com. They will be contacted in early March if seats are available. Season tickets start at $265 for six shows.
Remaining single tickets to “Hamilton” will be sold in spring 2019. Those prices have not been announced. But in Des Moines, where “Hamilton” will play this summer, single tickets ranged from $54 to $148.50, with some premium seats going for $303.50. Those tickets sold out within hours, and resale prices now range from around $300 to more than $1,000.
Single tickets for other shows in the KC Broadway season go on sale this fall.
Complicating things slightly is the room where it happens. Season tickets include shows at both the 1,800-seat Kauffman Center and the 2,400-seat Music Hall, said Leslie Broecker, president of Broadway Across America Midwest. “Hamilton” will run at the larger venue.
“The capacity of Kauffman limits the number of subscriptions we can sell,” Broecker said. “What we’re going to do is go through a period with our renewing subscribers so we will know who is coming back and who’s not. We’re anticipating a very high renewal rate. Once we get to the deadline, we’ll know what seats open up so we can accommodate the wait list.”
“Hamilton” is the story of the youngest of this country’s founding fathers. Born in the Caribbean, Hamilton was abandoned by his father and found his way to New York City at the age of 17. At 22, he was Gen. George Washington’s right-hand man. He became our nation’s first treasury secretary at 34. Miranda tells Hamilton’s story through hip-hop, mixed with some jazz, R&B and ballads. The musical received a record 16 Tony nominations in 2016 and won 11.
Broadway Across America’s strategy to give 2017-18 season ticket holders first chance at seats for “Hamilton” paid off: Season ticket sales jumped 45 percent — from 8,582 in 2016-17 to 12,475 in 2017-18.
Amy Hamm, senior marketing director of Theater League, said it’s a good problem to have.
“I saw ‘Hamilton’ in Chicago, which was one of their earlier touring companies, and it was just as good as New York,” she said. “There was no difference. I completely expect the same thing when it comes through Kansas City.”
The original Broadway cast, which included Miranda, dispersed long ago. Broecker said directors for the touring show will be casting a very wide net for actors because “everybody wants to play in ‘Hamilton.’”
She hopes the show will draw in more season subscribers but realizes that’s not for everyone.
“We know not everybody can do that,” she said. “We believe there will be plenty of inventory for the single-ticket buyer.”
As for the rest of the season, Hamm and Broecker said they tried to give subscribers a broad swath of Broadway:
▪ “School of Rock”: The 2015 musical based on Richard Linklater’s 2003 film starring Jack Black. A slacker musician takes a substitute teaching gig and ends up delivering a history of rock music. By Andrew Lloyd Webber. Nov. 13-18 at the Music Hall.
▪ “The Book of Mormon”: Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s (“South Park”) profane and profound story of a pair of missionaries sent across the globe to spread the Good Word is a season add-on or swap-a-show option for season subscribers. Single tickets will also be available. Dec. 26-30 at the Music Hall.
▪ “Evita”: The classic Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical biography of Argentinian first lady Eva Peron. Feb. 5-10, 2019, at the Kauffman Center. “Andrew Lloyd Webber did the music for ‘School of Rock,’ and he did the music for ‘Evita’ with Tim Rice,” Hamm said. “Our audiences are going to be able to see how his work has changed over four decades.”
▪ “Anastasia”: The 2017 musical, based partly on the 1997 Don Bluth animated film, reimagines the story of a Russian woman seeking to solve the mystery of her past. From the Tony-winning creators of “Ragtime.” March 12-17, 2019, at the Music Hall.
▪ “The Play That Goes Wrong”: A riotous murder mystery that crosses Sherlock Holmes with Monty Python. April 2-7, 2019, at the Kauffman Center.
▪ “Rent”: The 20th anniversary tour of Jonathan Larson’s retelling of Puccini’s “La Boheme” follows seven struggling artists following their dreams. April 30-May 5, 2019, at the Music Hall.
▪ “The Sound of Music”: The perennial favorite about the Von Trapp family singers is a season add-on or swap-a-show option for season subscribers. Single tickets will also be available. Dates to be announced, at the Kauffman Center.
And then, of course, the season concludes with “Hamilton,” June 18-July 7, 2019, at the Music Hall.
Season renewals are available now online at BroadwayInKC.com, by calling 816-421-7500 or by visiting the ticket office from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 9001 State Line Road, Suite 110.