Hamilton is one of the most successful Broadway musicals, ever. The show is estimated to gross an incredible $100 million in ticket sales in 2016, with weekly ticket sales ending November 27 totaling a record breaking $3.3 million, making it the highest-grossing week for a single show in Broadway’s history.
Created by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the hip-hop musical based on the life of Alexander Hamilton debuted on Broadway in 2015, and quickly became an American obsession. The show sold out its entire off-Broadway run, and tickets were expensive and elusive. Fans camped out overnight. People waited for eons in the cancellation line or paid up to $2,500 for a ticket from resellers.
Are avid Hamilton fans living in a bubble? Is it the same bubble that has divided our country into “I’m With Her” and “Make America Great Again” factions?
A quick scan of social media gives us a glimpse into the #BoycottHamilton campaign and may signal less-than-record-breaking runs for the tour in more rural areas.
This Chicago kerfuffle begs the question — are avid Hamilton fans living in a bubble? Is it the same bubble that has divided our country into “I’m With Her” and “Make America Great Again” factions? The Hamilton-lovers in NYC, D.C., L.A., Miami, and San Francisco tend to believe in diversity, the right to choose, pay equity, gun safety, universal health care, religious freedom, LGBT and human rights. Many of the folks in rural America, in the red states, do not feel the same level of passion about these issues. Many of them voted for Trump.
Our more conservative American friends want to exercise a veto against 'Hamilton' and submit a resolution for a revival of 'Annie Get Your Gun.'
We think of it as a hip look at our forefathers and the American Revolution, and most of us are breathless with anticipation of obtaining tickets to the Broadway musical. We are the kids in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, desperately hoping for the Golden Ticket.
Our more conservative American friends want to exercise a veto against Hamilton and submit a resolution for a revival of Annie Get Your Gun.
Will Hamilton sell out in Houston, Denver, and Tempe? Perhaps our coastal cultural obsession will cool down to lukewarm interest in middle America. Only 2017 will tell. But if the tour doesn't manage to sell out, I bet the legions of Ham-fans will hop on Southwest Airlines to fill those seats for another inspiring Hamilton hip-hop history lesson.
Elizabeth Thorp is editor in chief of PYPO.com, a female-driven online comedy and news network.