‘Hamilton’ production coming to Detroit

‘Hamilton,’ ‘Aladdin’ and more headline Broadway in Detroit’s 2018-19 season; new subscriptions go on sale April 27

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News
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“Hamilton,” the Tony-winning stage sensation of the century, will headline the upcoming season of Broadway in Detroit along with Disney’s “Aladdin” and five other shows making their Detroit debut.

The smash hit "Hamilton" opens at the Fisher Theatre Mar. 12.

Broadway in Detroit announced some details of the upcoming 2018-19 subscription season, which includes “Something Rotten!” September-October; Disney’s “Aladdin” December-January 2019; “The Play That Goes Wrong,” February 2019; “The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical” in March 2019; “Hamilton” March-April 2019; “Waitress” in May 2019 and “Anastasia” in June 2019.

Exact dates will be announced at a later time. All productions are at the Fisher Theatre except “Aladdin,” which will be at the Detroit Opera House.

“This is one of the most exciting seasons we’ve had in a very long time,” said Broadway In Detroit executive director Alan Lichtenstein. “We’re very happy to have ‘Hamilton’ coming this season and our hometown boy, the gentleman who produced it, Jeffrey Seller of Oak Park. He’s very excited about bringing the show here.”

New subscription sales start April 27. Current subscribers will receive information in the mail this week on how to renew.

Single tickets will go on sale later this year.

To guarantee getting a ticket to “Hamilton,” Lichtenstein said theater fans should consider a subscription package, which start at $410 for all seven shows. Subscriptions also include parking at the Fisher Theatre.

“I recommend buying a season ticket, because obviously when (single) tickets do go on sale, they’re going to be very costly and this will be the most inexpensive way, in essence, to buy a ticket for ‘Hamilton,’ ” he said.

“The price you pay for a ‘Hamilton’ ticket as part of the season is going to be a lot less than what the single tickets prices will be when they go on sale.”

Besides being more expensive than subscription tickets, Lichtenstein said single tickets for “Hamilton” will go quickly. When “Hamilton” went on sale in Chicago, he said, they put six months worth of tickets on sale and it sold out in 28 minutes.

The season kicks off with the comedic musical “Something Rotten!” and continues through the holiday season with Disney’s “Aladdin,” a big production that Lichtenstein said takes a week to load in and includes a flying carpet rig.

“The Play That Goes Wrong” was called “a gut-busting hit” by the New York Times and has a Monty Python feel to it. “The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical” is an adaption of the best-selling novel by Rick Riordan.

“Waitress” is an uplifting comedy with original music and lyrics by Sara Bareilles. Lastly, “Anastasia” is set in Paris in the 1920s.

“We have a little bit of everything for everybody here, a play, a musical — all new, never been performed here in Detroit,” Lichtenstein said, adding that while they’re not part of the subscription, Broadway in Detroit will be bringing back “Phantom of the Opera,” “Rent” and “Book of Mormon” during the season. Those dates will be announced later.

Starting April 27, subscription tickets can be purchased at BroadwayInDetroit.com or by calling the Fisher Theatre at (313) 872-1000, ext. 0.


Twitter: @melodybaetens

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