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'Hamilton' is here: A sneak peek at the landmark musical's arrival in L.A.

'Hamilton' is here: A sneak peek at the landmark musical's arrival in L.A.
At the Hollywood Pantages Theatre, crews unload the first bits of staging for the national tour of "Hamilton." Check back soon for our complete behind-the-scenes report. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Wait for it? No more. "Hamilton" is here. Let the countdown begin.

Three days. Seventy-two hours. Four thousand, three-hundred and twenty minutes. No matter how you put it, the wait for the first Los Angeles performance of Lin-Manuel Miranda's landmark musical has been a long time coming for "Ham" fans. At long last, the first preview will be 8 p.m. Friday, in advance of opening night Aug. 16.

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The Times will begin rolling out extensive coverage on Wednesday. Behind-the-scenes features on the production's arrival, cast interviews, plus coverage of the opening night scene all will be posted to our "Hamilton" story gallery in the days to come.

Until then, a sneak peek: exclusive photos of preparation inside the room where it happens, the Hollywood Pantages Theatre. Check back for regular updates at latimes.com/hamilton.

Parts of the "Hamilton" set arrive in unmarked trucks at 4:45 a.m. one recent morning.
Parts of the "Hamilton" set arrive in unmarked trucks at 4:45 a.m. one recent morning. (Deborah Vankin / Los Angeles Times)
Inside, crews move equipment and begin technical preparations at the 2,700-seat theater.
Inside, crews move equipment and begin technical preparations at the 2,700-seat theater. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
A blockbuster hit, ready for unboxing.
A blockbuster hit, ready for unboxing. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
On a banner outside, the silhouettes of the Schuyler sisters set the scene on Hollywood Boulevard.
On a banner outside, the silhouettes of the Schuyler sisters set the scene on Hollywood Boulevard. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

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