Kristin and Matt Collins, a couple from Annapolis, Md., lined up at the Richard Rodgers Theater on “Hamilton” reopening night with two extra tickets to give to anyone who asked.
A few yards away, two musical theater students, Chris Graham and Addie Trivers, were watching all the opening night excitement and wishing they could get tickets for the inside show.
Then Collins approached the two college students and asked if they would like to see “Hamilton” tonight. Yes, they actually did.
“Either he’s telling the truth or we’re being kidnapped,” said Trivers, who went from theater to theater before the pandemic and asked for cheap tickets, “either way I’ll go with him.”
These two tickets were among the most sought after on Broadway’s grand reopening night.
At the start of the show, “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda took the stage and gave a standing ovation. “I never want to underestimate live theater again, do I?” said. “You can talk all you want, no one can see your mouth move.”
The musical thrill that began on Broadway in 2015 was the industry’s highest-grossing show when the pandemic hit. A week before Broadway closed, “Hamilton” It grossed $2.7 million, more than any other show ever. That week, more than 10,700 people rated the wanted tickets – and then, along with the rest of the live theater, the production was forced to a sudden stop.
The musical, which won 11 Tony Awards and Pulitzer Prizes, managed to find an even wider audience during the pandemic period. In July 2020, Disney+ will launch a film musical with Miranda in the lead role. Its release rekindled interest in musicals and revived debate About some of the controversies it sparked, including the treatment of slavery.
Judging by the energy of the crowd on Tuesday night, the “Hamilton” fire seemed poised to pick up where it left off.
TV personality Al Roker stood on the sidewalk and raised the crowd, “Are you ready?” yell.
“We just watched Al Roker pass and I thought it was the climax of the night,” Graham said. One downside to getting an impromptu free ticket to “Hamilton”: He worried that his T-shirt and shorts were under-worn.
20-year-old Lauren Koranda, down the line to enter the theater, was far from underdressed. She was wearing the floor-length shimmering dress she wore to prom. On the day that “Hamilton” tickets went on sale, she and her best friend Maura Consedine had used about six devices to make sure they bought a pair.
“It’s such a big night for New York City,” Consedine said. “The city really feels alive again.”