Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Rockefeller Foundation Funds Tickets for Students to See 'Hamilton'
The hit musical “Hamilton” has excited critics and audiences with its hip-hop exploration of America’s revolutionary era. Now educators and philanthropists are hoping it will excite high school students as well.
The Rockefeller Foundation and the producers have agreed to finance a program to bring 20,000 New York City 11th graders, all from schools with high percentages of students from low-income families, to see “Hamilton” at a series of matinees beginning next spring and running through 2017. The lead producer, Jeffrey Seller, said he was planning to continue the program after that time in New York City and then on the road once the show — a bio-musical about Alexander Hamilton with Hispanic and black actors playing the founding fathers — begins its expected touring life. . .