A “Hamil­ton” time­line, from Mi­randa’s “joke” idea to Broad­way to now.

Chicago Tribune (Sunday) - - A+E - By Doug Ge­orge

Septem­ber 1789:

Alexander Hamil­ton is first U.S. Secretary of the Trea­sury, serv­ing un­til 1795.

March 2008:

“In the Heights” opens on Broad­way, a mu­si­cal writ­ten by Lin-Manuel Mi­randa, di­rected by Thomas Kail, with chore­og­ra­phy by Andy Blanken­buehler and mu­sic di­rec­tion by Alex La­camoire. It wins the Tony for best mu­si­cal and makes a name for Mi­randa. Later the same year dur­ing a va­ca­tion, Mi­randa begins read­ing his­to­rian Ron Ch­er­now’s bi­og­ra­phy “Alexander Hamil­ton” (Penguin, 2004) and has the idea the story could be a hip-hop con­cept al­bum. He men­tions the idea to Jeremy McCarter, who first as­sumes Mi­randa is jok­ing, ac­cord­ing to their co-writ­ten book “Hamil­ton: The Rev­o­lu­tion” (2016, Grand Cen­tral) about the mu­si­cal’s ges­ta­tion.

May 2009:

Mi­randa is in­vited to per­form “The Hamil­ton Mix­tape” for the Obama fam­ily at the White House Evening of Poetry, Mu­sic, and the Spo­ken Word, ac­com­pa­nied by La­camoire on piano. Stand­ing ova­tion. The song is adapted into the open­ing num­ber of the mu­si­cal.

July 2013:

An early draft of the mu­si­cal, still ti­tled “The Hamil­ton Mix­tape,” is work­shopped at the Vas­sar Read­ing Fes­ti­val in Pough­keep­sie, New York.

Feb­ru­ary 2015:

“Hamil­ton’s” off-Broad­way de­but at the Pub­lic Theater, with much the same cre­ative team as “In the Heights,” in­clud­ing La­camoire, di­rec­tion by Kail and chore­og­ra­phy by Blanken­buehler. Set de­sign is by David Korins.

Au­gust 2015:

Open­ing night on Broad­way at the Richard Rodgers The­atre, star­ring Mi­randa as Alexander, pro­duced by Jeffrey Seller. “Hamil­ton” would win 11 Tony Awards, in­clud­ing best mu­si­cal.

Oct. 2016:

The first post-Broad­way pro­duc­tion opens in Chicago at the thenPri­vate Bank The­atre (now CIBC The­atre) on Mon­roe Street, with Miguel Cervantes as Alexander. It is still running, with Cervantes still in the lead. In Novem­ber, vice pres­i­dent-elect Mike Pence at­tends a Broad­way per­for­mance and is ad­dressed by the cast dur­ing the cur­tain call.


First na­tional tour launches in San Fran­cisco in March. “Hamil­ton” opens in London’s West End in De­cem­ber. The ac­claimed Joshua Henry leaves the role of Aaron Burr in the Chicago pro­duc­tion in Jan­uary, briefly re­placed by Wayne Brady.

May 2018:

“Hamil­ton: The Ex­hi­bi­tion” is an­nounced for Chicago’s Northerly Is­land in an edi­to­rial board meet­ing at the Chicago Tribune, at­tended by Mi­randa, Seller and de­signer Korins, who will head up the project. The plan is for the his­tory ex­hibit about Hamil­ton and the Found­ing Fa­thers to stay in Chicago for an un­spec­i­fied run, then be trans­ported to other cities. The open­ing is orig­i­nally planned for Novem­ber, then post­poned to spring 2019, and post­poned once more to April 27. A sec­ond na­tional tour launches in Seat­tle and over the hol­i­days, “Hamil­ton’s” Broad­way pro­duc­tion grosses more than $4 mil­lion in a sin­gle week, a new box of­fice record.


In Jan­uary, “Hamil­ton” plays a cel­e­brated three-week run in Puerto Rico, at the Cen­tro de Bel­las Artes in San Juan, with Mi­randa briefly re­turn­ing to his lead role as Alexander. The Puerto Rico pro­duc­tion be­comes a third U.S. tour. Con­struc­tion con­tin­ues for “Hamil­ton: The Ex­hi­bi­tion” in Chicago, as well as in a scene shop in Atlanta.


A 2008 pic­ture shows Lin-Manuel Mi­randa, cen­ter, and mem­bers of the cast in a scene from the mu­si­cal “In the Heights” at Broad­way’s Richard Rodgers The­atre.


From left, Les­lie Odom Jr., Phillipa Soo, Lin-Manuel Mi­randa and Christo­pher Jack­son are shown on stage at the 2015 of­fBroad­way de­but of “Hamil­ton.”

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