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Smash Hit Musical 'Hamilton' Is Starting Its Tour In Chicago

By Mae Rice in Arts & Entertainment on Dec 8, 2015 6:25PM

A still from the New York musical, from David Korins Design

If everyone in your office is squealing (or singing) right now, this is probably the reason.

“Hamilton,” Lin-Manuel Miranda’s wildly popular musical, is kicking off its national tour in Chicago’s Bank of America Theater starting Sept. 27, 2016. It’s expected to play eight times a week for one year, if not two, the Tribune reports.

"Chicago is the biggest theater market after New York," producer Jeffrey Sellers told the Tribune. “I wanted to sit down in a city that could support the show for a long term."

To the New York Times, Sellers added: “We will be here a long time — as long as Chicago wants us.”

The critically-acclaimed show, which helped earn Miranda a MacArthur Genius Grant, tells the story of the founding fathers, mostly through rap. It focuses especially on Alexander Hamilton, the country’s first secretary of the Treasury; his face is on the ten dollar bill, if you want something to gaze at for the nine months before the show begins.

While the Tribune reports that Miranda is unlikely to star in this production himself, he’ll play a key role in casting—and he is, as previously mentioned, a certified genius.

“Yes, it really is that good,” begins August's New York Times review. To see for yourself, you can listen to the soundtrack on Spotify.