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Locals take their “shot” to see Broadway hit

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The marquee outside the Ohio Theater in Columbus.

The marquee outside the Ohio Theater in Columbus.

Gina Mendicino

The marquee outside the Ohio Theater in Columbus.

Gina Mendicino

Gina Mendicino

The marquee outside the Ohio Theater in Columbus.

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The famous Broadway hit, Hamilton: The Musical, recently played at the Ohio Theater in Columbus and several Lancaster High School teachers and students were able to purchase the highly sought-after tickets to see the performance. The musical story line revolves around one of America’s most ambitious founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton. Tickets to the innovative musical are generally expensive and the performances sell out fast.

What makes the popular musical so unique is that much of the production includes a modern genre of music including rap songs. Interestingly, many of the leading actors are African Americans who play the part of white revolutionary figures during the time of slavery and oppression of the black race.

Beth Albanese and Kelli Marvin see Hamilton live in Columbus.

In less than two years, it has exploded all box office records, sold over a billion dollars in ticket sales, and won practically every theatrical prize, including the Pulitzer prize for drama. The set features a rotating floor and a secondary level.

LHS history teacher, Beth Albanese said the performance was entertaining and educational at the same time.

“I used to teach this part of history and I never knew that he had a son, who like Hamilton, was killed in a duel,” she said.

Nathan Smith, a LHS sophomore received tickets to the famous musical as a Christmas gift. He said watching the performance was exiting.

“The theater was beautiful and the actors were great. I think Hamilton has done a great job of making history fun to learn and making it fun to listen to,” he said.

“The thing I liked the most was the song Satisfied, sung by the actress who played the character of Angelica. It was amazing and her voice is beautiful,” said Smith.

Smith’s mother, Nicole Swick, said she had hoped to see the performance on Broadway in New York City, but ticket prices were too expensive. When she learned that the musical was traveling to Columbus, Ohio, she started researching dates, seats, and pricing.

Photo courtesy Nate Smith
LHS sophomore, Nate Smith and his mother, Nicole Swick, attend the Hamilton musical.

She described the experience of seeing Hamilton as worth the wait and cost.
“When something has been hyped as much as this show, I expect to be at least a little disappointed because I set the bar so high,” she said.

“But as good as I thought Hamilton would be, it was even better! This live production was down-right amazing and worth every penny!”

 

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