Die-hard fans of ‘Hamilton’ flock to show’s opening night
Alyssa Beca had just the right outfit for Tuesday’s San Antonio premiere of “Hamilton” at the Majestic Theatre: A flared brown skirt covered in a sheet music pattern and a lovingly worn black T-shirt reading “My thoughts have been replaced by ‘Hamilton’ lyrics.”
Alyssa and her mom Iris were among the crowd of more than 2,000 people who packed the theater for the start of the show’s three-week run. The performance was completely sold out.
The Tony-winning mega-musical, which was written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and traces the life of founding father Alexander Hamilton, runs through May 26.
The Becas saw the show for the first time last year, when they traveled to Houston for it to celebrate Alyssa’s 12th birthday. They had listened to the cast album “non-stop,” Iris said, earning a grin from Alyssa, who pointed out that that is a “Hamilton” lyric (“The man is non-stop.”) Iris wasn’t sure how they’d feel about hearing other actors sing the the songs, but they were won over.
“Now, we’re excited to see this cast,” Iris said.
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Alyssa, who turns 13 next week, wasn’t the only audience member marking a birthday at the show.
Jennifer L. Kotzur, who came to the show with her mom and was first in one of three lines to get into the Majestic, wore a “Birthday girl” button on her elegant black dress. She had read up on the show and listened to some of the music, but had held off on listening to the entire cast album: “I want to actually experience it live for the first time,” she said.
Toni Serena and her daughter Charlotte came to the show with friends. The girls took turns posing in front of the “Hamilton” poster in the box office window, striking a pose similar to the silhouette that is part of the show’s logo.
“They’re in a Girl Scout troop with 20 other girls, and they all know the songs,” Toni said.
At intermission, 13-year-old Fiona Lydston reported she was particularly taken with the choreography. She and her dad, Rob Barron, went to the show together, and had spent the past two years listening to the cast album. It was a little tough not to sing along, she said, but she was ready for the challenge: “I’ve been practicing not singing along. I had to practice.”
A few things for those who are planning to go to keep in mind: Those who arrive late won’t be admitted until after the first number is over. Metal detectors were added to the theater’s security measures last week. And large bags will not be permitted.
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