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‘Hamilton’ coming to Anchorage in 2023 as part of inaugural Broadway Alaska season at the PAC

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In its inaugural season, Broadway Alaska will bring the award-winning musical “Hamilton” to Anchorage for a 30-show run in August 2023.

A worldwide sensation in the theater world, the musical will run from Aug. 17 to Sept. 10, 2023, at Alaska Center for the Performing Arts.

Created by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the show tells the story of Alexander Hamilton, one of America’s Founding Fathers.

The production’s score became an instant favorite among theater fans, blending the modern sounds of hip-hop, jazz and R&B.

The Tony Award-winning play is joined by three other touring productions in Broadway Alaska’s inaugural season.

“Come From Away” will run from Nov. 29-Dec. 10, 2023. “Six: The Musical” runs from Feb. 14-25, 2024, and Disney’s musical “Aladdin” will take the stage from April 10-21, 2024.

Broadway Alaska was formed as a partnership between ACPA and The Nederlander Organization, a 110-year-old theater production and management company founded in Detroit.

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“Our new partnership with The Nederlander Organization will bring multiple opportunities every year for our community to experience Broadway, right here ... at home in Alaska,” Codie Costello, president and COO of the ACPA, said in a statement.

While “Hamilton” headlines the announcement, Costello said the other three shows should be favorites among theater-goers and newcomers. “Six” won 23 awards in the 2021-22 Broadway season and tells the story of Henry VIII’s six wives.

“We knew that we wanted that anchor to start the first season and ‘Hamilton’ certainly is that,” she said. “The fact that we could, through our collaboration, figure out how to make that happen and get it here and along with three other really strong titles, it’s a true first season that has a little bit of something for everybody, including families.”

People file out of the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts

She said it will be the first time the PAC will have shows that are still running on Broadway. “Come From Away” is another example. The musical is based on the true events in a town in Newfoundland in the aftermath of 9/11.

“You always look at the whole body of what’s available and what ultimately you believe would be best for the community,” said Nick Scandalios, executive vice president of Nederlander. “You only get one chance to launch something new and special, right? ... For this particular launch season, it was about what could we put together that had the broadest audience and the highest impact.”

The 30 shows of “Hamilton” allow for opportunities for both theater devotees and interested newcomers to check out the show.

“It’s Broadway’s current blockbuster,” Scandalios said. “Whenever whenever you have blockbuster that transcends the theater-goer itself, where people who don’t necessarily attend theater, it may be their first experience. So you have to provide as much opportunity as possible. ... The expanded dates allow you to attract to be theater-goers.”

Packages for all four shows start at $315 and subscription packages are available at broadwayalaska.com.

Chris Bieri

Chris Bieri is the sports and entertainment editor at the Anchorage Daily News.

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