The Musical You Were Waiting For: ‘Hamilton’ Comes to Naples in 2020

Have you been worried that you will never be able to see “Hamilton”?  Well you only have to wait two years and it will be coming to Naples!  Don’t know who will be starring and how much the tickets are but you can put it on your calendar and start saving your money!

Courtesy of Naples Daily News February 2018

The absorbing, colorful depiction of this nation’s birth, centered around patriot Alexander Hamilton set to hip-hop, ballads, pyrotechnics and eclectic dance  will come to Artis—Naples.

“Hamilton” is coming to Naples in 2020.

That’s the statement every musical-theater lover here has been waiting on for the last three years. The absorbing, colorful depiction of this nation’s birth, centered around patriot Alexander Hamilton set to hip-hop, ballads, pyrotechnics and eclectic dance, will come to Artis—Naples. It is expected to be here in January 2020.

After its run in Naples, it opens at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall in Fort Myers. The two did not collaborate on the performances, although it’s a fortuitous succession.

“Hamilton” won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for drama and a near-record 11 Tony awards that year. It made Lin Manuel-Miranda, who wrote the book and score, more well-known, and stimulated interest in American history with its translation of the story to pop idiom and music.

‘Hamilton’ earned $3.3 million over just eight performances. Video provided by Newsy Newslook

The musical created a buzz heard around America on a number of levels:

  • Musically, for its singable tunes such as “My Shot” and “Satisfied” that were  covered by music stars like Sia, Kelly Clarkson, Chance the Rapper and others
  • Philosophically, for its producers’ reported decision to share share some of the profits with original cast members who performed in its development and first productions and for its intentional inclusion of Latino and black actors in casting
  • Politically, for confronting U.S. Vice President Mike Pence at the end of the performance he attended, asking him to hear gay, lesbian and transgender viewpoints
  • Financially. The musical became such a hot commodity that premium tickets were going for $1,150 during  the December holiday season in 2017. Regular seats, Variety magazine reported, were a much less pricey $199.

“Hamilton” even has a local connection. One of its original investors is Naples philanthropist Patty Baker.

“Our patrons and the entire community have eagerly been awaiting news of Hamilton,” said a statement from Kathleen van Bergen, president and CEO of Artis—Naples, in a release announcing it. “We are excited to finally be able to reveal this big news.

“Hamilton is a phenomenon unto itself,” she added in the statement, saying it would be a wonderful arts event for the community.

“This is the hottest show out there right now!” said Mann Hall general manager Scott Saxon. “We’re so happy to be announcing it: ‘Hamilton’ is 100-percent coming to Southwest Florida.”

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Tickets are not on sale for the show yet, and Ashley Mirakian, Artis—Naple vice-president of marketing and patron engagement, emphasized that secondary sellers who promise tickets should be treated as suspect. For now, tickets will be available first to people who subscribe to the 2018-19 Broadway season at Artis—Naples.

Those tickets are not available yet, either, unless the buyer is already a season subscriber. Current Broadway subscribers can renew their seats beginning at 12:01 a.m. Monday by visiting the Artis—Naples Box Office, calling 239-597-1900 or visiting artisnaples.org.

Potential new subscribers can register to be contacted about subscriptions and receive “Hamilton” updates at artisnaples.org.

Remember it is always toasty in Naples and you can look forward a fabulous Broadway show in our town!

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