Lin-Manuel Miranda's 'Hamilton' musical moving to Broadway this summer

A hip hop musical about Founding Father Alexander Hamilton is such a hit that it's headed to Broadway

One of the most talked about new musicals of the New York theater season is officially heading to Broadway, though the opening date chosen by its backers means it won't compete this year for the Tonys.

Lin-Manuel Miranda's "Hamilton," based on the life of Alexander Hamilton, will move to Broadway for a run at the Richard Rodgers Theatre beginning in August, organizers announced this week.

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"Hamilton," which is currently at New York's Public Theater, tells the story of the Founding Father and Federalist using modern musical idioms like hip hop, rap and R&B. Miranda wrote the musical, adapting the biography by Ron Chernow.

In the Public's production, Miranda plays the title role. No casting has been announced for the Broadway run, which will begin preview performances on July 13 and officially open on Aug. 6.

The opening date means that "Hamilton" won't qualify this year for Broadway's biggest awards. Industry watchers had speculated whether the musical would capitalize on the media momentum behind the Public's staging and move the show to Broadway this spring.

But it appears that Miranda and others want to take their time. The writer told the New York Times on Tuesday that he plans to continue working on the musical before its Broadway bow, though he added that no songs or characters will be cut.

"Hamilton" represents Miranda's first big, personal musical since his breakout hit "In the Heights" opened on Broadway, also at the Richard Rodgers, in 2008. In the interim, the multi-hyphenate stage talent has worked on a number of projects, including "Bring It On: The Musical," which toured North America and landed on Broadway 2012.

"Hamilton" is directed by Thomas Kail, who also staged "In the Heights." The new musical has received rave reviews for its run at the Public, which is set to conclude on May 3, and has also sparked a wider cultural conversation for its casting of minority actors in the roles of America's Founding Fathers.

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