Problem Solvers…ish #13: Hamilton Tickets…or lack thereof.

August 3, 2016

“Hamilton” is the hottest musical in the country right now, and it has been that way for months. Proving that they are not only first class problem solvers, but also first-world problem solvers, Lex and Seth tackle the very serious and tragic issue of not being able to get Hamilton tickets.

Daveed Diggs, Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos, and Lin-Manuel Miranda of "Hamilton," 2014–2015 Season, Public Theater (photo by Joan Marcus).
Daveed Diggs, Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos, and Lin-Manuel Miranda of “Hamilton,” 2014–2015 Season, Public Theater (photo by Joan Marcus).

The official word on “Hamilton” tickets from the Richard Rodgers Theater:

“Currently, tickets to Hamilton on Broadway are extremely limited. Please enter your email below for updates, and be the first to know when new tickets are available.”

Hip Hop Don’t Stop

Sure, you may not be able to get Hamilton tickets right now, but your odds are quite decent of getting them later. Or heck, if Hamilton is a national treasure, then maybe Nicholas Cage will save it for everyone. No, we mean, if Hamilton is a national treasure, then maybe it will be put on display for the public free of charge, just like the national treasures in the Smithsonian and in my kitchen. Hey, get out of my kitchen. Hey, you, get off of my lawn!

Anyway, even if you don’t end up seeing Hamilton in the near future, listening to Problem Solvers …Ish will still give you plenty of rhymes, and occasional insults towards historical figures. And it’s as cheap as free!

AND check out this embryonic rap that gave the world a taste of things to come:

Writer and star of the Broadway musical “In the Heights,” Lin-Manuel Miranda performs “The Hamilton Mixtape” at the White House Evening of Poetry, Music, and the Spoken Word on May 12, 2009. Accompanied by Alex Lacamoire. 4:27 (Public Domain video).

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About “Hamilton”

From the creative team behind the In The Heights comes HAMILTON, a new musical about the scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America: Alexander Hamilton. Tony and Grammy Award winner Lin – Manuel Miranda wields his pen and takes the stage as the unlikely founding father determined to make his mark on a new nation as hungry and ambitious as he. From bastard orphan to Washington’s right hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country’s first sex scandal to Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy, HAMILTON is an exploration of a political mastermind. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Eliza Hamilton, and lifelong Hamilton friend and foe, Aaron Burr, all attend this revolutionary tale of America’s fiery past told through the sounds of the ever – changing nation we’ve become. Tony Award nominee Thomas Kail directs and Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler choreographs this new musical about taking your shot, speaking your mind, and turning the world upside down. HAMILTON features scenic design by David Korins ; costume design by Paul Tazewell; lighting design by Howell Binkley; sound design by Nevin Steinberg; hair and wig design by Charles G. LaPointe; music direction and orchestrator Alex Lacamoire; and choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler.

About Lin – Manuel Miranda

Lin – Manuel Miranda (Book, Music, and Lyrics/Alexander Hamilton ) is the Tony and Grammy award-winning composer – lyricist – star of Broadway’s “In the Heights.” In the Heights received four 2008 Tony Awards (including Best Musical, Best Orchestrations, Best Choreography), with Miranda receiving a Tony Award for Best Score, as well as a nomination for Best Leading Actor in a Musical. “In the Heights” was also recognized as a Finalist for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in Drama. Miranda is the co – composer (with Tom Kitt), and co-lyricist (wit h Amanda Green) of Broadway’s “Bring it On: The Musical” (2013 Tony nom., Best Musical, 2013 Drama Desk nom., Best Lyrics in a Musical). Miranda contributed new songs to the revival of Stephen Schwartz’ “Working” and provided Spanish translations for the 2009 Broadway revival of “West Side Story.” Miranda, along with Kitt, won the 2014 Creative Arts Emmy for Best Original Music and Lyrics for their work on the 67th Annual Tony Awards. As an actor, Miranda appeared in the City Center Encores! productions of “Merrily We Roll Along” (Charley Kringas), and “tick, tick… BOOM!” (Jonathan). He is a co – founder and member of Freestyle Love Supreme , an improvisational hip – hop group that will launch a self – titled television series in October 2014 on Pivot TV. Additional TV and film credits include “The Electric Company,” “Sesame Street,” “The Sopranos,” “House,” “Modern Family,” “Do No Harm,” “Smash,” “How I Met Your Mother,” The Sex and the City Movie, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, and 200 Cartas.

About Thomas Kail

Thomas Kail ( Director ). His Broadway credits include “In the Heights” (Tony nomination for Best Director) ; and two new plays, “Lombardi” and “Magic Bird.” His Off – Broadway credits include “In the Heights” (Callaway Award, Drama Desk nom., Outer Critics nom.); at New York City Center Randy Newman’s Faust and “The Wiz;” Lincoln Center Theater’s “Broke-ology” and “When I Come to Die;” The Flea Theater’s “Family Furniture” (Drama Desk Nom.); and Second Stage Uptown’s “The Tutors.” Other credits include Williamstown Theater Festival’s “Broke-ology;” Paper Mill Playhouse’s “Once on this Island;” and the National Tour of “In the Heights.” He is the co – creator and director of the hip – hop improv group Freestyle Love Supreme, which played the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, US Comedy Arts Festival, Montreal Comedy Festival and Melbourne Comedy Festival. He served as the Creative Director of the 2012, 2013 & 2014 Webby Awards. For television he directed episodes of “2 Broke Girls”; “Oprah Winfrey’s 2010 Primetime Oscar Special” for ABC; the pilot episode of “ Storymakers” for AMC; and he served as Co – Music Director and consulting producer on first season of PBS show “ The Electric Company”. He is the Executive Producer and Co – Creator of new TV Series “Freestyle Love Supreme” for Pivot; and he is the recipient of the Martin E. Segal Award from Lincoln Center and is a graduate of Wesleyan University, CT.

About Andy Blakenbuehler

Andy Blakenbuehler ( Choreography )’s Broadway credits include “In The Heights” (Tony, Outer Critics, Drama Desk Awards), “Bring It On,” “9 To 5,” “The People In The Picture,” “The Apple Tree,” “Annie,” “The Wiz” (City Center Encores). Regionally his credits include “FLY” (Dallas Theatre Center), “Desperately Seeking Susan” (West End), “A Little Princess” (Andrew Lippa), “Joseph” (National tour). Upcoming projects include “Only Gold” with British singer/songwriter Kate Nash.

About Jeffrey Seller

Jeffrey Seller is the winner of three Tony Awards for Best Musical: “Rent” (1996), “Avenue Q” (2004) and “In The Heights” (2008). Additional productions include “De La Guarda,” Andrew Lippa’s “The Wild Party,” “La Boheme,” the 2009 revival of “West Side Story,” and this season’s “The Last Ship.” As director his credits include “Fly” (2013) at Dallas Theater Center. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan.

About Sander Jacobs

Sander Jacobshas been represented on Broadway with the Tony Award-winning Best Musical “In The Heights” and the Tony Award-nominated “West Side Story” revival. Jacobs has served as a co-producer and/or investor for numerous Broadway, national and international productions, with a selection of theatre’s most celebrated and critically-acclaimed musicals including “Les Miserables,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” Follies and “The Last Ship.”

About Jill Furman

Jill Furmanreceived the 2008 Tony Award for Best Musical for “In The Heights.” Other Broadway credits include Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella,” “The Heiress,” “Seminar,” “West Side Story,” “The Drowsy Chaperone,” “Sly Fox” and “Fortune’s Fool.” Off – Broadway her credits include “On The Line” and “Adult Entertainment.” Furman executive produced the Pivot television series “Freestyle Love Supreme, ” starring the hip – hop improv group of the same name, and also produces the live version of the show. In 2011, Furman received the Robert Whitehead Award for Outstanding Achievement in Commercial Theatre Producing. She is a member of the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures.

About The Public Theater

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Oskar Eustis and Executive Director Patrick Willingham, The Public Theater is the only theater in New York that produces Shakespeare, the classics, musicals, contemporary and experimental pieces in equal measure. The Public continues the work of its visionary founder, Joe Papp, by acting as an advocate for the theater as an essential cultural force, and leading and framing dialogue on some of the most important issues of our day. Creating theater for one of the largest and most diverse audience bases in New York City for nearly 60 years, today the Company engages audiences in a variety of venues — including its landmark downtown home at Astor Place, which houses five theaters and Joe’s Pub; the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, home to its beloved, free Shakespeare in the Park; and the Mobile Unit, which tours Shakespearean productions for underserved audiences throughout New York City’s five boroughs. The Public’s wide range of programming includes free Shakespeare i n the Park, the bedrock of the Company’s dedication to making theater accessible to all; Public Works, a new initiative that is designed to cultivate new connections and new models of engagement with artists, audiences and the community each year; new and experimental stagings at The Public at Astor Place, including Public Lab; and a range of artist and audience development initiatives including its Public Forum series, which brings together theater artists and professionals from a variety of disciplines fo r discussions that shed light on social issues explored in Public productions. The Public Theater is located on property owned by the City of New York and receives annual support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; and in October 2012 t he landmark building downtown at Astor Place was revitalized to physically manifest the Company’s core mission of sparking new dialogues and increasing accessibility for artists and audiences, by dramatically opening up the building to the street and community, and transforming the lobby into a public piazza for artists, students, and audiences. Key elements of the revitalization an expanded and refurbished lobby; the addition of a mezzanine level with a new restaurant lounge, The Library, designed by the Rockwell Group.








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