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No falling chandeliers. No helicopters. No elephants marching down the aisles. If you bought a ticket to "Hamilton" expecting flying carpets, glittering treasure caves or chocolate waterfalls, disappointment awaits. But for everyone else, the touring version of Lin-Manuel Miranda's hip-hop history musical is spectacular without the spectacle. Its vivid hip-hop war…

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Every decade or so, a blockbuster show emerges with the power to create new theater fans on a previously unimagined scale. In the 1990s, "Rent" propelled legions of drama club teens toward the stage. In the early 2000s, "Wicked" minted a new generation of Broadway devotees who thrilled to the vocal acrobatics of Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth and to the show's empow…

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If you’re hungry before hitting Shea’s Buffalo Theatre for “Hamilton,” don’t waste your shot. Here are some places I would suggest you consider for reasons practical and sentimental. Inform your server of your curtain time so they can make sure your experience fits into your allotted time, so you can save your evening’s drama for the stage. Looking to raise a glass t…

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Even before the curtain rises on "Hamilton" on Nov. 20, the long-awaited show has had a seismic impact on Shea's Performing Arts Center. Thanks to the Broadway juggernaut, the theater sold a record 18,474 Broadway Series subscriptions for the 2018-2019 season, an increase of 3,025 more than the previous record. However, the number of subscriptions probably could have…

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It's finally time to see "Hamilton" at Shea's Buffalo Theatre. But whether you're a regular Shea's-goer or someone who doesn't get downtown often, you may have questions about attending the Broadway spectacle. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions. What if I haven't received my tickets? If your tickets haven't come in the mail yet, contact the Shea's box o…

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So, you’ve managed to find and afford a ticket or two to “Hamilton,” the hottest theater ticket in Buffalo at least since Katharine Cornell’s “Cleopatra” in 1947. Congratulations. You’re clearly a very impressive person. But what now? If you want to impress a date with your superior “Hamilton” knowledge, astound your friends with theatrical savvy or just try not t…

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Some members of the busy cast of "Hamilton" are using a night off during their Buffalo stay to help others. The vocalists, accompanied by the band also from "Hamilton," will put on a holiday-themed benefit concert at 8 p.m. Nov. 26 at the Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St.) to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. All of the proceeds benefit Broadway Cares, an indus…

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As "Hamilton" arrives for its local debut, Buffalo News staffers Jeff Miers and Colin Dabkowski along with contributing writer Ben Siegel participated in a sparring match in an attempt to ascertain the true merits of this groundbreaking play’s radical use of music. Jeff Miers: I was suspicious of “Hamilton” before I heard the music. Hip-hop and musical theater make str…

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Popular music has needed to reacquaint itself with the language of protest for a good while now. It’s in the music’s DNA, particularly in this country, where the field hollers of slaves, the blues, folk music, 1960s rock 'n' roll, '70s soul, and nearly every offshoot of these have been at their most incisive when they attempted to speak truth to power. But the last plac…

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While tickets still remain for the Buffalo stop of "Hamilton," prices begin at $165 for the touring production that runs Nov. 20 through Dec. 9 in Shea's Buffalo Theatre (646 Main St.). For those who still desire tickets but can't stomach the cost, Shea's, "Hamilton" producer Jeffrey Seller and Shea's Broadway series producer Albert Nocciolino have announced a #HAM4HAM …

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This is what I’m thinking: Nothing says it is a sweeps month more than a station giveaway. The decision by WGRZ-TV (Channel 2) to give away tickets to the production of the mega-musical hit “Hamilton” coming to Shea’s Performing Arts Center later this month has raised some eyebrows. After all, the Broadway series is sponsored by WKBW-TV (Channel 7), a Channel 2 ri…

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Nineteen years ago, Louie Burgess of Buffalo got tickets for Game 3 of the 1999 Stanley Cup final by waiting in line at a Tops supermarket in Lancaster. On Friday morning, Burgess wound up being first in line inside Shea's Buffalo Theatre to buy tickets to see "Hamilton" when it comes to town next month. "I guess I'm just lucky," he said outside the theater shortly a…

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If you're planning an early-morning excursion Friday to Shea's Buffalo Theatre to try your luck at buying coveted tickets for "Hamilton," there are some things to know – and things for you to decide before you go. Tickets will be given out with random wristbands, the same as the "random handbill" policy at many large concerts. You won't be able to pick a specific seat a…

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Don't have your "Hamilton" tickets yet? You still have a chance. Tickets for the Tony Award-winning musical's run starting Nov. 20 at Shea's Buffalo Theatre will be made available on Oct. 5 via the Ticketmaster Verified Fan program with a limited number also going on sale at the Shea's box office. While Verified Fan program doesn't guarantee that everyone who registe…

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Buzz has been building for months around the most sought-after shows in Shea's Performing Arts Center's 2018-19 season: The genre-expanding hit "Hamilton" and audience favorite "Dear Evan Hansen." But tonight, Buffalo's flagship theater announced the rest of its Broadway season, and it's likely to make Broadway fans swoon. Especially those with kids. In addition to t…