‘Hamilton’ cast to raise funds for Clinton with extra show
NEW YORK — Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign is hosting a special performance of the Broadway smash hit “Hamilton: An American Musical” as part of a joint fund-raiser for the campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
The campaign has rented every seat in the 1,300-seat Richard Rogers Theatre for the extra performance, according to a campaign aide. Tickets to the July 12 show range from $2,700 for general admission to $100,000, which includes two premium seats with the candidate and an invitation to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
The fund-raiser, at a minimum, will raise $3.5 million, according to ticket prices and the size of the theater. But the event is expected to bring in far more.
Lin-Manuel Miranda, the show’s creator and star, will not be performing in the fund-raiser. He is leaving the show on July 9.
The show, which won 11 Tony awards earlier this month, centers on the life and death of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, the first secretary of the U.S. Treasury.
Clinton’s campaign has also launched a contest in which winners will be able to attend the performance and have all their travel and accommodations in New York covered, aides said.
Clinton emailed her supporters Friday, asking them to enter the contest.
“The best moments of our nation’s history teach us that anyone can smash every expectation we have for them and shape the course of our collective history,” Clinton said. “In 2016, that lesson feels more pointed than ever, so it’s no wonder this remarkable piece of theater has captured the imaginations of people all over America.”
The fund-raiser is being put on by the Hillary Victory Fund, a joint fund-raising committee that benefits the Clinton campaign, the Democratic National Committee and state Democratic parties across the country.
The Clinton campaign announced earlier this month that the joint fund-raising agreement has now raised $62 million.