FOUND­ING FA­THER

Los Angeles Times - - ARTS & BOOKS - By Deb­o­rah Vankin

Su­per­fans ar­riv­ing to the theater dressed in 18th cen­tury garb. Vo­lu­mi­nous on­line analy­ses of song lyrics. Ticket-buy­ing fren­zies. They’ve all be­come par for the course in the world of “Hamil­ton.” The road to mu­si­cal suc­cess, how­ever, has been long and wind­ing, forc­ing cre­ator Lin-Manuel Mi­randa to be noth­ing if not young, scrappy and hun­gry over the last decade. Here’s a time­line. April 26, 2004 In the be­gin­ning Ron Ch­er­now’s 800-plus-page “Alexan­der Hamil­ton” is pub­lished by Pen­guin Press. The bi­og­ra­phy be­comes a best­seller and the cat­a­lyst for na­tion­wide in­ter­est in this Amer­i­can Found­ing Fa­ther and first U.S. Trea­sury sec­re­tary. July 2008 In­spi­ra­tion hits Lin-Manuel Mi­randa is va­ca­tion­ing in Mex­ico, on a break from per­form­ing in his mu­si­cal “In the Heights.” He reads Ch­er­now’s bi­og­ra­phy of Hamil­ton, and the wheels start turn­ing ... May 12, 2009 Headed to the White House Lin-Manuel Mi­randa per­forms at a “White House evening of po­etry, mu­sic and the spo­ken word” — an evening the L.A. Times calls a “White House po­etry jam.” He de­buts a song, “Alexan­der Hamil­ton,” and earns a stand­ing ova­tion. “I’m ac­tu­ally work­ing on a hip-hop al­bum,” Mi­randa says dur­ing the evening. “It’s a con­cept al­bum about the life of some­one I think em­bod­ies hip-hop: Trea­sury Sec­re­tary Alexan­der Hamil­ton.” Jan. 11, 2012 Hip-hop song cy­cle Lin-Manuel Mi­randa de­buts songs from his work in progress, “The Hamil­ton Mix­tape,” at the Lin­coln Cen­ter’s Amer­i­can Song­book se­ries. As part of the “hip-hop song cy­cle” that evening, Mi­randa per­forms with Gavin Creel (later a Tony win­ner for “Hello, Dolly!”), James Mon­roe Igle­hart (later a Tony win­ner for “Aladdin”) and two fu­ture stars of “Hamil­ton,” Mandy Gon­za­lez (An­gel­ica Schuyler) and Christo­pher Jack­son (Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton). March 6, 2014 Pub­lic Theater — and a name change The Pub­lic Theater in New York an­nounces the off-Broad­way pre­miere of “The Hamil­ton Mix­tape,” now be­ing called “Hamil­ton,” as part of its 2014-15 sea­son. The show con­tin­ues to be de­vel­oped un­der di­rec­tor Thomas Kail in work­shops at the Pub­lic. July 29, 2014 The f irst ticket frenzy With buzz al­ready build­ing, tick­ets for the Pub­lic’s pre­miere of “Hamil­ton” go on sale, and Mi­randa is “over­whelmed” by the re­sponse. Jan. 20, 2015 Open­ing night Hamil­ton has its off-Broad­way open­ing at the Pub­lic, with Mi­randa play­ing Alexan­der Hamil­ton. Los An­ge­les Times theater critic Charles McNulty calls it “one of the fresh­est mu­si­cals to come around since ‘Rent’ burst onto the scene two decades ago.” July 13, 2015 Mov­ing on up “Hamil­ton” trans­fers to Broad­way and set­tles in at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Aug. 6, 2015 The Great White Way “Hamil­ton” has its of­fi­cial open­ing night on Broad­way, to great ac­claim. Charles McNulty cites it as among the year’s best theater, bring­ing “new cur­rency to an art form too long en­thralled to dopey movie adap­ta­tions and juke­box nos­tal­gia.” Sept. 28, 2015 It’s off icial: He’s a ge­nius The MacArthur Foun­da­tion names Mi­randa in its 2015 class of “ge­nius grant” fel­lows, cit­ing his ef­forts to reimag­ine Amer­i­can theater. About “Hamil­ton” the foun­da­tion says: “The dar­ing pair­ing of street cul­ture with Amer­ica’s found­ing nar­ra­tive re­calls the youth­ful, de­fi­ant spirit of the Amer­i­can Revo­lu­tion, and cross-racial cast­ing con­nects the present day to the di­verse im­mi­grant so­ci­ety of the 13 rebel colonies.” Feb. 15, 2016 Snag­ging a Grammy “Hamil­ton” wins the Grammy Award for mu­si­cal theater al­bum. In his ac­cep­tance speech, Mi­randa raps his thank-yous. As part of the tele­vised cer­e­mony, the Broad­way cast per­forms “Alexan­der Hamil­ton” live via satel­lite — a first for the Gram­mys. The evening, the L.A. Times says, was swept with “Hamil­ton fever.” Spring 2016 The awards pile up April 18: “Hamil­ton” wins the Pulitzer Prize for drama. May 3: The pro­duc­tion earns 16 Tony Award nom­i­na­tions, break­ing the record of 15 held by “The Pro­duc­ers.” May 20: “Hamil­ton” wins out­stand­ing pro­duc­tion of a Broad­way or off-Broad­way mu­si­cal at the Drama League Awards, where Mi­randa also wins the evening’s dis­tin­guished per­for­mance award. June 11: At the Tonys, the show re­ceives 11 awards, in­clud­ing best mu­si­cal. Sept. 27, 2016 Chicago! With “Hamil­ton” still run­ning strong on Broad­way, a sec­ond pro­duc­tion be­gins pre­views in Chicago at the Pri­vateBank Theatre with Miguel Cer­vantes in the role as Alexan­der Hamil­ton and Joshua Henry as Aaron Burr. Chicago cel­e­brates its open­ing night Oct. 19. Oct. 21, 2016 ‘Hamil­ton’ on PBS “Hamil­ton” has be­come such a cul­tural phe­nom­e­non that PBS pre­mieres the doc­u­men­tary “Hamil­ton’s Amer­ica.” The show, di­rected by Alex Hor­witz, looks at the mak­ing of the mu­si­cal and is the sea­son pre­miere of the PBS Arts Fall Fes­ti­val. Dec. 2, 2016 Mix­tape, full cir­cle The mu­si­cal that started life as a mix­tape ac­tu­ally gets re­leased as “The Hamil­ton Mix­tape,” with the likes of Ali­cia Keys, John Leg­end, Chance the Rap­per, Kelly Clark­son, Usher, Sia, Jill Scott, Jimmy Fal­lon & the Roots and oth­ers de­liv­er­ing their ren­di­tions of “Hamil­ton” songs. March 2017 Plant­ing a f lag in the Golden State “Hamil­ton” ar­rives in Cal­i­for­nia. Pre­view per­for­mances be­gin at San Fran­cisco’s SHN Or­pheum Theatre on March 10, with open­ing night on March 23. July 31, 2017 Early ar­rival in L.A. At 4:45 a.m., the first trucks pull into the Hol­ly­wood Pan­tages Theatre to un­load and in­stall ad­vance pieces of the L.A. set while the pro­duc­tion is still play­ing in San Fran­cisco. Aug. 5, 2017 It’s a wrap in San Fran The fi­nal per­fo­mance in San Fran­cisco means the pro­duc­tion can pack up and hit hit the road for L.A. on the morn­ing of Aug. 7. Aug. 11, 2017 Pan­tages read­ies it­self for pre­view No. 1 “Hamil­ton” pre­views are set to be­gin Aug. 11. The Pan­tages has in­stalled 6,000 square yards of new red car­pet for the run, and crews have been prep­ping the set and load­ing other rig­ging, cos­tumes and props. Aug. 16, 2017 A Hol­ly­wood open­ing “Hamil­ton” is set for open­ing night in Los An­ge­les, with Michael Lu­woye as Hamil­ton and Joshua Henry as Aaron Burr. At long last, Los An­ge­les is “the room where it hap­pens.” Nov. 21, 2017 Lon­don call­ing Pre­views are sched­uled to be­gin for a Bri­tish pro­duc­tion at the Vic­to­ria Palace Theatre. Jan. 2, 2018 San Diego and beyond Af­ter L.A., the “Hamil­ton” na­tional tour moves on to the San Diego Civic Theatre. The fol­low­ing month, a sec­ond na­tional tour kicks off in Seat­tle.

Carolyn Cole Los An­ge­les Times

BROAD­WAY PRE­VIEWS: Di­rec­tor Thomas Kail, left, cre­ator Lin-Manuel Mi­randa, chore­og­ra­pher Andy Blanken­beuh­ler and mu­sic di­rec­tor-or­ches­tra­tor Alex La­camoire in sum­mer 2015.

Theo Wargo Getty Im­ages

TONY AWARD tri­umph. Mi­randa ac­cepts the prize for mu­si­cal book, one of 11 that the show wins.

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WORK in progress. Mi­randa at the White House May 12, 2009.

Wal­ter McBride WireI­mage

HI, BROAD­WAY: Mi­randa and com­pany on Aug. 6, 2015.

At­lantic Records

A L L - S TA R cov­ers of songs.

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