Hamilton, the musical about the United States’ first Secretary of the Treasury told through the vehicles of rap, hip hop, and R&B music and dance, could set a record soon. The production could surpass tickets sales for the Lion King, which was the first play to earn over $100 million in its first year on Broadway.
Hamilton could bring in $105 million if current trends in ticket sales continue. The play is often performed for standing-room-only crowds. The show cost only $12 million to produce.
Hamilton has been receiving positive reviews from critics, celebrities, politicians on both sides of the aisle, and the general public. The musical, which was written by and stars Lin-Manuel Miranda, is performed at the 1,319-seat Richard Rodgers Theatre. It consistently grosses over $1 million per week and brought in $1.3 million in its first weekend alone. The musical is consistently among the 10 top-grossing Broadway plays.
Hamilton opened in February 2015 at New York’s Public Theatre, which has less than 400 seats. It has benefited from strong reviews, positive word of mouth, and endorsements by famous people who have seen it, including President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Miranda has also used social media effectively to promote the musical, something that some other Broadway production teams have not done to the same effect.
The Lion King is based on the 1994 Disney film with the same title. The Broadway play has music written by Elton John, lyrics by Tim Rice, and a musical score composed by Hans Zimmer.
The Lion King made its debut in Minneapolis at the Orpheum Theatre in July 1997 and premiered on Broadway in October of that year at the New Amsterdam Theater. It moved to the Minskoff Theatre in June 2006 and is still being performed there. The Lion King is the third-longest-running Broadway play in history. It is also the highest-grossing Broadway show of all time, with revenues in excess of $1 billion.
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