3 Things You Didn’t Know About Hamilton


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More than a year into the Broadway run (and with no end in sight), Hamilton is still the hottest ticket in town, whatever town it’s in. Still waiting on Hamilton tickets? We feel your pain. In the meantime, you “Work! Work!” to memorize every lyric, practice your hip hop moves, and fight over which Schuyler sister you want to be, all so you’ll be ready when you’re finally in the room where it happens. While you wait for your shot, you may think you know everything about Hamilton… Think again.


Charitybuzz regularly features great Hamilton experiences, all of which support amazing nonprofits around the country. Lucky Charitybuzz bidders have enjoyed the groundbreaking musical on Broadway and off, as well as in Chicago and San Francisco. To date, 200+ Hamilton auction lots have raised over $1.3 million for more than 110 organizations, benefiting everything from theater companies and arts organizations to foundations, health initiatives, and philanthropic endeavors.


One of the Hamilton traditions that quickly became legend sprang from the mind of actor Brian D’Arcy James, who played King George III in the original off-Broadcast cast. James created “the Order of the Garter” as a coronation ceremony to pass the scepter from one George to the next —Andrew Rannells, Jonathan Groff, Rory O’Malley, Taran Killam, and currently back to James. There have also been special honorary inductees into the Order, including Jimmy Fallon, Mo Rocca, and Sean Hayes.


The history of Hamilton began in 2008 when creator Lin-Manuel Miranda picked up Ron Chernow’s 2004 biography Alexander Hamilton to read during a Mexico vacation before the opening of his previous Broadway show, In the Heights. It took Miranda a full year to write the first song for the show, which is still the first song in the show—“Alexander Hamilton.” A year later, he sang the song at The White House as part of An Evening of Poetry, Music & the Spoken Word for President and First Lady Michelle Obama, giving the invitation-only crowd the first taste of what would become the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning shot in the arm to Broadway six years later. The rest, as they say, is history.

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