‘HAMIL­TON’

Los Angeles Times - - FRONT PAGE - BY DEB­O­RAH VANKIN

Lin-Manuel Mi­randa’s Broad­way hit opens for the first time in L.A. on Wed­nes­day night at the Hol­ly­wood Pan­tages Theatre.

Hol­ly­wood Boule­vard, 4:45 a.m. The sky is char­coal-col­ored and hazy, the nearly empty streets bathed in a blur of red, or­ange and green from a thicket of neon sig­nage — the W Hol­ly­wood ho­tel, De­co­era apart­ments, Dunkin’ Donuts. Sud­denly a spot of white ap­pears in the dis­tance. Two 18-wheel trucks roll into view, cut­ting through the glow of the lights. The un­marked trucks could be car­ry­ing pro­duce to nearby restau­rants or T-shirts to a sou­venir shop. But as they rum­ble and turn onto Ar­gyle Av­enue, a finely printed slo­gan be­comes vis­i­ble on the truck’s side: “Let’s get the show on the road.” That show would be “Hamil­ton.” And the cargo would be pieces of the set, to be in­stalled at the Hol­ly­wood Pan­tages Theatre for Wed­nes­day’s open­ing night. Lin-Manuel Mi­randa’s hip-hop mu­si­cal about the life of Alexan­der Hamil­ton, the Broad­way ver­sion of which won 11 Tony Awards last year and sparked a fan frenzy driv­ing re­sale ticket prices into the thou­sands of dol­lars, is on tour and mak­ing its first jump from city to city. Ar­guably the most an­tic­i­pated pro­duc­tion in Amer­i­can theater his­tory has — at long last — ar­rived in Los An­ge­les. But here’s the thing: As those white trucks

Nancy Oha­nian For the Times

Nancy Oha­nian For The Times

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