HAMILTON by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Touring company at Benedum Center, Through March 13.
Hamilton stands alone. No other American musical has so quickly or so thoroughly captivated the public, at every level—from highbrow critics and Pulitzer Prize voters, to the legions of kids listening to the OCR on their phones and wearing “Young Scrappy & Hungry” t-shirts. Hamilton opened on Broadway in 2015 and is still running there. The last touring production to visit Pittsburgh came in January of 2019, shortly before the you-know-what. Now Hamilton returns, with the new tour booked into Benedum Center and booked solidly. For tickets, consult your favorite aftermarket source. There are probably several explanations for the musical’s popularity. Alexander Hamilton’s life was filled with both personal and political drama. Writer/composer Lin-Manuel Miranda struck an unusual but resonant chord by telling the story hip-hop style, using actors of Black and nonwhite heritage to portray the white side of America’s heritage. Also, Hamilton is good. See our review of the 2019 production for details. Hamilton is presented as part of the PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh series at 237 7th St., Cultural District. 7:30 p.m. (M.V.)