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Rousuck's Review: "Hamilton" at The Hippodrome

Photography by Joan Marcus

As we prepare to celebrate America's July 4th Independence Day holiday tomorrow, it's fitting that theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck joins us today with her review of a little musical that's rolled into Baltimore that tells the story of one of the nation's most celebrated Founding Fathers.

The touring production of Hamilton -- the multiple Tony Award-winning musical that was created and launched on Broadway in 2015 by Lin-Manuel Miranda -- opened June 25th at Baltimore's Hippodrome Theatre.  Miranda's hit show, a sung-and-rapped-through musical bio that earned the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, was inspired by Ron Chernow's best-selling 2004 biography, Alexander Hamilton

This touring production of Hamilton is the third to traverse the U.S. since the musical's debut. Its cast at the Hippodrome includes Edred Utomi in the title role, Hannah Cruz  as Eliza Schuyler Hamilton, and Josh Tower as Aaron Burr.  The musical is directed by Thomas Kail, with choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and music supervision and orchestration by Alex Lacamoire.

Hamilton continues at the Hippodrome until Sunday, July 21st.  For information about general admission tickets, click here.  To register for the $10 Hamilton ticket lottery program, click here.

J. Wynn Rousuck has been reviewing theater for WYPR's Midday (and previously, Maryland Morning) since 2007. Prior to that, she was the theater critic of The Baltimore Sun, where she reviewed more than 3,000 plays over the course of 23 years. Her feature coverage for The Sun included a comprehensive series chronicling the development of the Tony Award-winning musical, “Hairspray.” Judy got her start at The Cleveland Press and at Cleveland’s fine arts radio station, WCLV. Her broadcasting experience also includes a year as an on-air theater critic for Maryland Public Television.
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