News has arrived that by-all-accounts-best-thing-in-the-world Hamilton is expanding from New York to Hollywood as part of a national tour. Starting Aug. 11, 2017, the musical, a race-bent take on the life of American founding father Alexander Hamilton, will premiere at L.A.'s Pantages Theatre, where it will run till Dec. 30.
Hamilton will also land in San Francisco for 21 weeks in 2017. Its first performances outside New York City will begin Sept. 27, 2016 in Chicago, where it's expected to stay open for at least one year.
Hamilton is directed by Thomas Kail with music, lyrics and book by Lin-Manuel Miranda, who created In the Heights as a Wesleyan student in 1999. The Hamilton soundtrack, inspired heavily by hip hop and R&B (like In the Heights), is blasting in someone's headphones within 15 feet of you right now. It's also up for a GRAMMY for Best Musical Theater Album, which it will certainly win on Feb. 15.