'Hamilton' stages at Keller Auditorium, March 20-April 8, and it was difficult for many fans to get tickets. But, Broadway in Portland will have digital lottery tickets for each performance.

‘Hamilton’ stages at Keller Auditorium, March 20-April 8, and it was difficult for many fans to get tickets. But, Broadway in Portland will have digital lottery tickets for each performance.

Photo by Joan Marcus

The megahit musical “Hamilton” opens in Portland later this month. The multiple Tony-awarding winning show, based on the life of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, debuted on Broadway in 2015, thrilling audiences ever since.

Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda based his audacious, multi-ethnic musical on Ron Chernow’s bestselling biography “Alexander Hamilton.” Miranda reportedly read the book on vacation. Struck by how the power struggle between Alexander Hamilton and political rival Aaron Burr was like the rap battles that flew back and forth between Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls, Miranda knew he had the idea for his next musical.

The score for “Hamilton” includes catchy, unforgettable musical numbers which blend hip-hop, jazz, R&B, rap and classic Broadway musical styles. The show, bursting with energy, inspires audiences to the point of singing along, most often during the song “You’ll Be Back,” King George III’s darkly gleeful warning to the upstart colonies.

The actor Joseph Morales plays Hamilton. He starred in Miranda’s “In the Heights,” 2008’s Tony Award-winner for Best Musical and was the alternate Hamilton during last summer’s Chicago production.

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