Lin-Manuel Miranda to discuss ‘Hamilton’ at Humanities Festival

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Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the hit musical, “Hamilton.” (Photo: Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

“Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda will make a public appearance in Chicago to discuss his life and work just before the musical’s local opening, the Chicago Humanities Festival announced Monday.

The actor and composer will answer questions posed by the Chicago Tribune’s Chris Jones at 6 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker. “Hamilton,” the smash musical about founding father Alexander Hamilton, begins performances four days later at the PrivateBank Theatre, 18 W. Monroe.

The discussion is an early event in the fall festival, which runs Oct. 29-Nov. 12.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Aug. 31 to CHF members and Chicago Tribune subscribers, with general sales following at 10 a.m. Sept. 6. They’ll be available online at and by phone at (312) 494-9509.

Another festival event will feature the Sun-Times’ Hedy Weiss moderating a panel with Christopher Wheeldon, choreographer of Joffrey’s new “Nutcracker” and director-choreographer of the Broadway hit “An American in Paris,” and Ashley Wheater, artistic director of the Joffrey Ballet, at 1 p.m. Nov. 5 at Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut.

Christopher Wheeldon seen here working with dancers of the Joffrey Ballet. (Photo: Cheryl Mann)

Christopher Wheeldon seen here working with dancers of the Joffrey Ballet. (Photo: Cheryl Mann)

More festival programming is expected to be announced on Sept. 6.

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