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