Broadway Blockbuster 'Hamilton' Is Coming To Fort Lauderdale's Broward Center For 2018-2019 Season
South Floridians better not throw away their shot at seeing "Hamilton" when the musical blockbuster makes a stop at the Broward Center.
The groundbreaking Broadway show will be coming to Fort Lauderdale during the Broward Center's 2018-2019 season, the venue announced Friday. The actual dates of its South Florida run have not yet been determined, according to a representative for Broadway Across America.
The news came as part of the Broward Center for the Performing Arts' announcement of its 2017-2018 season lineup, which will include other recent Broadway hits such as "A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder," "Waitress" and "School of Rock."
The winner of 11 Tony Awards this past summer, "Hamilton: An American Musical" tells the story of Alexander Hamilton and the Founding Fathers in the form of a hip-hop musical (among many other genres) and features an ethnically diverse cast that's supposed to reflect the American public's minority makeup today. At the peak of its run in New York City (just before playwright and lead actor Lin-Manuel Miranda left the cast), tickets to the record-breaking Broadway show averaged more than $1,500 per seat.
Though information about how to purchase "Hamilton" tickets hasn't been announced yet, the Broward Center has said theatergoers can guarantee themselves tickets before they go on sale to the public by purchasing a season subscription for 2017-2018.
When auditions for roles in "Hamilton" were held in South Florida last month during an opening casting call at Florida International University in Miami, South Floridians only knew that Miami and Fort Lauderdale's performing arts centers hadn't been selected for the 2017-2018 season of the national tour. (The show will be touring in cities like Boston, Denver, Las Vegas and San Diego during that time.)
"Illustrated by the forthcoming season's extraordinary parade of award-winning musical showstoppers, we continue to be enthusiastic with the loyalty and support of our ever-growing number of season subscribers, our steadfast partners at the Broward Center, and especially all of our Broadway patrons who continue to embrace our efforts to bring the very best of Broadway to the front steps of their community,” Susie Krasja, executive vice president of Broadway Across America, said in a statement.
So why did the theater gods decide to bless Fort Lauderdale for the following season? Charlotte Vermaak, Broadway Across America rep, said it takes years of planning to determine which Broadway shows to bring to the Broward Center, as the programming team considers content and venue availability.
"They also focus on the shows that will make most sense for our Fort Lauderdale patrons," she said.
The Broward Center's complete 2017-2018 season schedule is as follows:
The Sound of Music
Oct. 10 – 22, 2017
The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp family will thrill audiences in this brand new production of the classic musical.
Love Never Dies
Nov. 7 – 19, 2017
The ultimate love story, full of passion and drama, continues in Andrew Lloyd Weber's sequel to "The Phantom of the Opera."
School of Rock
Dec. 12 – 24, 2017
Based on the hit film, the hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band.
Jan. 5 – 7, 2018
Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day, capturing the imagination of audiences across all ages and cultures in an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music and song.
Feb. 14 – March 4, 2018
The Broadway sensation looks at what happened in the Land of Oz long before Dorothy arrives.
A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder
Jan. 9 - 21, 2018
The winner of the 2014 Tony Award for Best Musical comes to Fort Lauderdale with a knock-'em-dead hit show that proves getting away with murder can be fun.
April 11 – 22, 2018
Brought to life by an all-female creative team, this new hit musical features original music and lyrics by six-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles.
May 8 – 20, 2018
The true story of Frankie Valli and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons comes to life in this musical about four blue-collar kids who become one of the greatest successes in pop music history.
Show descriptions have been adapted from those provided by the Broward Center in a media release.
*Season options are shows not included in the six-show package that season subscribers have the option to add on as an upgrade.
(Featured image via Facebook/Hamilton: An American Musical)