Eva Longoria

'Hamilton' opening night in Hollywood: Stars, song and some tears

'Hamilton' opening night in Hollywood: Stars, song and some tears

When the curtain finally rose and those first, familiar notes of “Hamilton” rang out inside the Hollywood Pantages Theatre on opening night Wednesday, the audience erupted in applause so loud that the first line of the show was nearly drowned out.

Perhaps it was because the show’s creator and original Alexander Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda, was in attendance along with the original Broadway cast members and the show’s director, choreographer and music supervisor — all now stars in their own right. Perhaps it was the celebrity-filled crowd. Or maybe it was simply the magic and momentum of opening night.

“It was like a rock concert,” the show’s hair and wig designer, Charles G....

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