MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (KMSP) - After months of anticipation, the curtain finally rose on Hamilton in Minneapolis Wednesday.
“It’s great that we're getting a show like this in Minneapolis. Its fantastic,” said Tad Ware, a Hamilton fan.
Its opening night on Hennepin Avenue as one of the brightest lights on Broadway takes a shine to the “Minne-apple.”
“This is history turned into a musical using hip-hop that's amazing,” said Mark Nerenhausen, President and CEO of the Hennepin Theatre Trust. “This is the biggest phenomenon to hit Broadway in 30 years.”
Hamilton kicks off its much anticipated six week run at the Orpheum Theater and Ware and Rena Wong got two of the hottest tickets in town for the whopping total of $10 each through the digital lottery.
“To be able to see this show tonight on opening night basically for nothing. We're paying more for a sitter we're paying more for a sitter we're paying more for food. And we got free parking there was a restaurant that was running a promotion so we're lucky,” Ware said.
The hip-hop homage to Alexander Hamilton follows 60 years of the founding father's history, but the show has made history of its own becoming one of the most successful productions on Broadway and appealing to a new generation of musical theater fans.
“We’ve been working with the show watching the community excitement. It’s sort of like Christmas morning except we get to watch everyone open their presents. That’s what's really fun,” Nerenhausen said.
Some fans want to see if the Broadway blockbuster lives up to the sky high expectations.
“There's been so much hype about it we just want to see the whole production,” said Diane Sannes. “We're history people so we want to walk through the whole history so that's what's really going to be fun.”
Ware and Wong say they've already hit the jackpot and don't care if their luck runs out.
“I’ve never won anything, I don't know about you. Vegas will never see me again. All my luck for my life is gone. I think it’s time to take in our chips, go home and call it a day,” Ware said.