Hamiltunes Brings A Bit of 'Hamilton' To San Diego
This event, which is also popping up in cities like New York, L.A., San Fransisco and DC, is arranged and attended by "Hamilton" fans so they can sing and act along with the Grammy-winning soundtrack.
"I like the idea of being the star of your own 'Hamilton," said co-organizer Brandon Hensgens.
Also organized by Jen Abundez, the event gave singers and musical theater fans an outlet to geek out in a safe, supportive space.
"This event was for people who like to sing in their cars and aren't necessarily performers," Hensgens said. "We made it all-ages because we didn't want to alienate anyone. 'Hamilton' is an all-ages thing. It's exposing young kids to hip hop and rap and history all in one."
The three-hour singalong was divided into two groups, those who wanted to get on stage and sing, and those who just wanted to watch and sing along from their seat. For the singers, nearly 200 singing slots were divided up via Google Doc a few weeks before the event.
Proceeds from the $6 tickets went toward paying for the theater space. Any leftover funds will be used for future events and will also be donated to the Survivors of Torture charity.
A second Hamiltunes: An American Singalong is scheduled Friday, Dec. 23 at (appropriately) the Lafayette Hotel. Tickets will go on sale at 7 p.m. Nov. 21. A link will be added on the Hamiltunes San Diego Facebook page.
Until then, here's a look into the room where it happened: