It was in 2009, when Lin-Manuel Miranda performed at the White House. Back then he played the opening number of his blockbuster musical about the founding fathers, the ‘Hamilton.’ The play tells the story of Alexander Hamilton, one of the most influential interpreters and promoters of the United States Constitution.
On March 14, the First Lady of the U.S.A. Michelle Obama will welcome the Broadway cast to the White House. The ensemble will perform songs for the U.S. presidential family and then answer some questions coming from the school children who were invited to watch. Miranda, made the announcement about the White House’s invitation during his weekly video series on Wednesday.
As noted in a report posted on Broadway, the Obamas have a long history with the show. In May 2009, the President and First Lady hosted an event where Miranda performed “The Hamilton Mixtape,” which was later renamed “Alexander Hamilton.” This became the opening number of the tuner.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Hamilton show premiered in a sell-out run at the Public Theater early last year. It was then transferred to Broadway in July, and instantly, the tickets were selling like hot cakes. The Hamilton show has been playing to a full packed houses at the Richard Rodgers Theater ever since. It grossed about $54.6 million to date and advance sales of over a healthy $60 million. Hamilton is believed to be the highest grossing show in Broadway history.
A touring production of the Hamilton has also been brought to the public, including a 21 week run in San Francisco coming in March 2017. And in August 11 through December 30, Hamilton will play at L.A.’s Pantages Theater. No official confirmation have surfaced yet, but Hamilton is also slated to fire up next year in London’s West End.