BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene
You might have heard that “Hamilton” is in town for a few weeks.
Maybe you even read AJC reviewer Wendell Brock’s eloquent analysis of the musical , which will be at the Fox Theatre through June 10.
Just in case you’re one of those “Hamilton” fans who can’t consume enough about the show, here are a few tidbits.
- If you’re yearning to plop down 40 bucks for a T-shirt quoting a song in the show – “Just like my country, Young, Scrappy & Hungry” – or $30 on a tote bag or $15 on a key chain or any of the myriad tchotchkes at the merchandise stands, prepare for lines as if you were at an Ariana Grande concert. (Overheard in line: “I told myself I wasn’t going to buy another T-shirt…but I was wrong.”) There are two merchandise areas inside the Fox – on the right side of the lobby near the front doors and on the mezzanine level. The “Hamilton” tour shirt will be of particular interest to Atlanta football fans; atop a dark gray silhouette of the United States are the words, “Rise Up.”
- While it shouldn’t be – and it isn’t – necessary to do homework before going to see “Hamilton,” it might provide a more enjoyable experience if you’re at least familiar with the music and/or story. “Hamilton”’s stationary homes in New York and Chicago are intimate and built exclusively for theater; the Fox is not, so that limber wordplay might zip by you in the comparatively cavernous venue if you aren’t ready for it.
- The national tour of “Hamilton” includes three Atlanta natives (four, if you count Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts alum Hope Endrenyi, a swing player who was called back to Broadway shortly before the Atlanta dates). Jennifer Geller, another graduate of CCCEPA, the magnet school at Pebblebrook High School in Mableton, is an ensemble player who also portrays “The Bullet,” a pivotal part in the show. She has company with yet another CCCEPA attendee, Jeffery Duffy, who is part of the ensemble. And Chris Lee, Augusta-born, Atlanta raised and a veteran of the Chicago production, plays the dual roles of the Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson.
- Lee is also a burgeoning R&B singer will perform at Terminal West at 8 p.m. June 11 (Mondays are dark for “Hamilton”) with his band. Tickets are $16. In our recent interview, Lee named Stevie Wonder as his biggest musical influence, as well as Boyz II Men, Jodeci, Tank and Joe. Lee has a six-song EP available, “In My Feelings.”
- “Hamilton” is such a juggernaut that is has two national tours running simultaneously; the “Philip” tour in the west and the “Angelica” tour – which Atlanta has – in the east. In addition to its Broadway and Chicago productions, the show has also been on London’s West End since December. “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda announced earlier this year that he will reprise his title role for a run of shows in San Juan (Miranda is of Puerto Rican descent) in 2019.
Through June 10 (times vary). $211.50-$641.50. There is a four-ticket limit per order. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta. 1-855-285-8499, foxtheatre.org. Digital lotteries will be held two days prior to each performance. During the lotteries, 40 tickets will be sold for every show for $10 each. Visit hamiltonmusical.com/lottery for details.