The highly-acclaimed play Hamilton has held performances in Chicago over 1,000 times, and now, after more than three years, the show will close its run in the city early next year.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the show’s final performance will take place on January 5 – a year and three months after it opened in 2016. Broadway in Chicago President Lou Raizin told the Tribune that most of Hamilton‘s audience came from more than 100 miles away, since most tourists want to see the lit-up storefront theatres in the Broadway district. Chris Jones, the Tribune’s Chief Theater Critic, estimated that the show’s eventual gross ticket sales would close at $350 million.
Lin Manuel Miranda’s Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning show revolves around the life of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, telling his story through major events in America’s history. The play is different than a traditional play, as the music is both sung and rapped, incorporating a variety of musical genres throughout the nearly three-hour show.
While Hamilton is still a phenomenon across the country, fans have options to see it in a variety of cities like New York, Boston, Charlotte, Minneapolis, Houston, and San Francisco. However, Chicago has brought in the most viewers than any other city’s edition. The show will wrap-up at Chicago’s CIBC Theatre with Miguel Cervantes as Alexander Hamilton, Akron Watson as Aaron Burr, Jamila Sabares-Klemm as Eliza Hamilton, aris Nix as Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Call as King George, Tamar Greene as George Washington, Jamaal Fields-Green as John Laurens/Philip Hamilton, Candace Quarrels as Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds, and Ebrin R. Stanley as Hercules Mulligan/James Madison.