Hamilton: The Exhibition (Rendering by David Korins)
Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the musical Hamilton, and Jeffrey Seller, the musical’s producer, have announced that Hamilton: The Exhibition, a 360-degree immersive exhibit, will travel to select U.S. cities, premiering in Chicago in the fall of 2018 for a limited engagement. Hamilton: The Exhibition—on display in a specially-constructed free-standing, all-weather structure the size of a football field—opens November 17, 2018 for a limited engagement on Northerly Island in Chicago, where Hamilton has played a sold-out run since 2016.
Hamilton: The Exhibition is a creative collaboration between creative director David Korins, who designed the set for Hamilton, Yale University professor and historian Joanne Freeman, Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, director Thomas Kail and producer Jeffrey Seller. Harvard University history and law professor Annette Gordon-Reed is also contributing to the historical accuracy of the exhibit.
“Hamilton is a musical. It’s as much of Alexander Hamilton’s life as we could wrestle into two and a half hours of musical theater, and it’s been incredible and surreal to see the renewed interest this has sparked in Alexander Hamilton’s life and times,” says Miranda. “I’m so thrilled with the work David Korins has done alongside eminent historians Joanne Freeman and Annette Gordon-Reed, who are experts in this arena. With this exhibition, they’re creating an immersive companion piece for Hamilton, and a deep dive into the details and experiences of Hamilton’s story.”
Featuring an audio tour narrated by Mr. Miranda the musical’s creator, Hamilton: The Exhibition is designed to take visitors deeper into the life and times of Alexander Hamilton, while at the same time chronicling the American Revolution and the creation of the United States of America. With a dynamic, interactive mix of in-depth scenography, lighting, sound, multimedia and music, Hamilton: The Exhibition will give visitors an experiential journey from Hamilton’s childhood in St. Croix to his untimely death in Weehawken, New Jersey, and the numerous, indelible ways Hamilton’s bold actions over 200 years ago affect our lives today.
“I hope to use this exhibition to answer some questions that the musical doesn’t address, like ‘What did Alexander actually do when he was a trader in St. Croix? What did Hamilton’s Manhattan look like? How did we win the battle of Yorktown?’ In an environment that is visually stunning, aurally thrilling and ingeniously educational, we aim to give visitors yet another unique portal through the life of Alexander Hamilton into the American founding, ” says Seller.
“Hamilton: The Exhibition will be an enriching, educational and entertaining attraction for Chicago residents and visitors,” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said. “Hamilton has been bringing down the house with sold-out audiences in Chicago, and I am confident this exhibit will be met with similar enthusiasm. I commend producer Jeffrey Seller, Lin Manuel-Miranda and the creative team behind Hamilton: The Exhibition for choosing Chicago for its inaugural run.”
Hamilton: The Exhibition is the most recent extension of Hamilton, the musical, following the release of Hamilton-The Revolution, the best-selling book about the making of the musical; the Hamilton original Broadway cast recording, now double-platinum and streamed over two billion times; the Hamilton Mixtape, which features leading pop music stars performing covers of songs from the musical; “Hamilton’s America,” the PBS documentary; the Hamilton app, which has already had more than 1 million downloads since its launch late last year; and “Hamildrop,” Mr. Miranda’s series of newly-recorded covers of songs from the musical.
Hamilton has also created a nationwide education program, EduHam, that provides hundreds of thousands of Title 1 high school students an opportunity to engage in an innovative curriculum about America’s founding era and attend all-student matinee performances of the musical.