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CPS among Rockefeller Foundation’s ‘Hamilton’ ticket initiative


Chicago Public Schools students are among the beneficiaries of a nationwide program under the auspices of the Rockefeller Foundation by which 100,000 inner-city school students would be able to purchase $10 tickets to the Tony Award-winning musical “Hamilton.”

President Judith Rodin and the musical’s creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda, today announced expansion of the foundation’s commitment to fund a $6 million educational partnership, which will allow public school children in Chicago (and the musical’s confirmed tour cities of Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.; those dates to be announced at a later time) to attend the musical  as part of their American History studies. The musical begins Chicago performances Sept. 27 at the PrivateBank Theatre, 18 W. Monroe.

According to today’s official announcement: “the partnership between The Rockefeller Foundation, “Hamilton,” The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the New York City Department of Education was announced in October 2015 and was initially funded through a $1.5 million grant to bring 20,000 public school students from the five boroughs  to see the Broadway sensation. Students in New York benefited from an integrated curriculum developed by Gilder Lehrman that informed their experience of the play. The program was such a monumental success, that The Rockefeller Foundation decided to fund the partnership, nationwide.”

“The Gilder Lehrman Institute developed the ‘Hamilton Education Program,’ an in-class curriculum designed around the musical. As this program continues to expand, it will be integrated into Title I schools where the majority of students are eligible for free and reduced-price lunches. The program includes a “Hamilton Student Performance and Study Guide” and an online “Hamilton” portal for students and teachers that offers students a creative platform for developing and producing their own original performances of poetry, rap, songs, scenes and other art expressions, to be performed at the theater prior to watching a performance of ‘Hamilton.'”

For more information on Chicago’s “Hamilton” engagement visit broadwayinchicago.com.