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San Diego’s Top Weekend Events: ‘Hamilton’-mania

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Above: A photo of "Hamilton" cast members (from left) Ruben J. Carbajal, Michael Luwoye, Jordan Donica and Mathenee Treco.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: 'Hamilton'-mania


Nina Garin, editor/producer, KPBS/Arts Calendar


"Hamilton" is here!

The smash musical about America's Founding Fathers opens in San Diego this weekend and so many people are excited, even people who don't particularly like theater.

In San Diego, the role of Hamilton will be performed by Austin Scott, and Aaron Burr will be played by Nicholas Christopher. Other principal roles include Julia K Harriman as Eliza Hamilton, Sabrina Sloan as Angelica Schuyler, Rory O'Malley as King George, and Chris De'Sean Lee as Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson.

There's been excitement over musicals before — "The Book of Mormon" and "Wicked" were also hot tickets to get. But those didn't crossover to mainstream culture the same way as "Hamilton."

A major reason for the buzz is because the show tells the story of the country's founding through the eyes of immigrants. Written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, "Hamilton" features a mixed-race cast and a soundtrack filled with hip-hop, R&B and jazz music.

Since it debuted on Broadway in 2015, it's gone on to win 11 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, a Pulitzer Prize and dozens other prestigious honors.

Of course, this all means that tickets are difficult to get, and all San Diego shows are sold out. But thanks to the "Hamilton" digital lottery, also known as #ham4ham, 35 orchestra seats will be sold at each show for $10.

You can enter by using the official "Hamilton" app on your smart phone, or go to The lottery opens two days before each performance date and only one entry is allowed per person per performance.

"Hamilton" opens Saturday, Jan. 6 and continues through Sunday, Jan. 28.

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