Hamilton is back! Here’s What to Expect, Especially if this is Your First Time Seeing it Live

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Hamiton is back in Grand Rapids – February 2022

Hamilton is back in Grand Rapids for the second time, thanks to Broadway Grand Rapids.

If you were lucky enough to score tickets, congratulations! If you’re still hoping to see the show while it’s in town, there are still a few seats available on select days via ticketmaster.

This would make a marvelous Date Night in Grand Rapids if you’re looking for ideas.

$10 Lottery tickets are also an option – if you’re lucky. You can enter the lottery through the Hamilton app or online. (The lottery will open at 10:00 AM every Friday and will close for entry at 12:00 PM the next Thursday prior to the following week’s performances.)

For anyone seeing the show for the first time, I’ve put together a few things that surprised me when seeing the show live for the first time.

Since HAMILTON contains some strong language, the show is recommended for ages 10+. Infants are not allowed in the theater. Children 4 years of age and above are permitted but must have their own ticket.

You Might Get a Hamilton Hangover

You can definitely show up to Hamilton without knowing a thing about the storyline or the show. Just be prepared for all of your senses to be on high alert for three hours.

The first time I saw Hamilton, I prepared by streaming three of the show’s songs just hours before. Oops.

Additionally, I knew nothing of the storyline. History class was ages ago. Alexander Hamilton – Who was he? A president? Sounds presidential. Oh wait, he’s on the ten-dollar bill.

My experience ended up being the biggest drink-from-the-firehose history lesson I think I’ll ever get. And I loved it.

It was the most wonderful way to learn.

Hamilton via Broadway Grand Rapids — the Basics

You’ve heard about this musical. It’s been selling out shows across the country for years. Here’s why:

  • The captivating storyline: Tell me a story about an impoverished, immigrant orphan who rises up against all odds, mixed with a love story, betrayal, gun duels, and a whiny king, and I’m on the edge of my seat rooting for him to get his One Shot.
  • The lyrics are tight: Hip hop, rap, modern beats, a little soul music blend together in continuous storytelling mode. Not one word is spoken. And the words that are sung – well, there are a lot of them. Extremely well-written, you’ll be working hard to take it all in and not miss a thing.
  • Damn good performers – Expletives drop from the mouths of performers at well-timed places. Performers embody their characters in soul and voice and with their whole persona. That was the real Hamilton, back from the dead, on stage last night, right? (If you’re bringing kids they might want you to define a few choice terms.)

How to Prep for Your First Time Watching Hamilton

DeVos Hall is large. The musical – and the words coming out of the mouths of the performers – go by quickly.

It can be hard to catch all of the words.

If you have time, listen to the soundtrack of the musical beforehand. Give yourself plenty of time, because the whole show is 2 hours and 45 minutes long. If that’s not feasible, read through the lyrics before you go.

If you can work in the time to do one of these, you’ll be rewarded with easily following along come showtime.

Hamilton returns to Grand Rapids, MI

During the Performance

As I mentioned, the show is long. Our performance started at 7:30 pm and concluded at exactly 10:30 pm with one short intermission.

Take advantage of the intermission – get up and walk around to stretch your legs. And don’t wear too many layers (I did, and near the end, I was overheating.) Concessions are available in the lobby.

Maybe bring a tissue or two.

I definitely misted up – borderline cried – during a few of the scenes at the end. I wasn’t prepared to feel the emotion as deeply as I did – this show delivers all the feels.

Let yourself disconnect from everything you have going on in the outside world and journey with the characters for the deepest experience.

After the Show

Prepare to be tired tomorrow. If you’re like me, your mind will be racing and sleep will be hard to come by.

(I may have spent hours that night googling all of the characters I was just introduced to.)

Let me save you a bit of trouble – the people you saw and the things they did were real.

Even if you are lucky enough to drift right off to sleep, the show will stick with you and you’ll carry thoughts, phrases, scenes and characters with you for days to come.

You might even be wondering when you can see Hamilton again, and you’re probably going to buy the soundtrack if you haven’t already done so.


Ticket & Performance Details

Hamilton is playing in Grand Rapids at DeVos Performance Hall through February 20, 2022.

Tickets remain for a few select dates.

$10 Lottery tickets are also an option – if you’re lucky.

You must present either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test to attend Hamilton at DeVos Performance Hall.

Please also note DeVos’s new bag policy. They do not budge on this, so if possible, leave your purse in the car and travel light:

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