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Catch Hamilton at the Orpheum

January 28, 2019

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Who said that The Bay wasn’t a theatre-loving kind of town? Longtime residents of the San Francisco apartments know that a good show at the Orpheum is a great way to spend a night on the town, in a historic city setting to boot:

“Although this 2,200-seat theatre—located at the corner of Market Street and 8th Street—saw an external rejuvenation in 2016, the original and historical integrity of the landmark prevails as the Orpheum continues to welcome audiences across the San Francisco Bay Area to revel in the razzle-dazzle of Broadway.”

As part of it’s awesome lineup of shows, the Orpheum will be featuring performances of the national sensation, Hamilton, from February 12th through September 8th. Looking to get in on the action and catch one of these amazing shows? Keep reading, as we reveal everything you need to know.

What Is Hamilton?

If you’re a major theatre-junkie, then it’s likely you already know all about Hamilton and what a phenomenon it’s become. If you aren’t that familiar, though, we’ll break it down so you can understand exactly what you’re getting into. To make a long story short, Hamilton is a hit play, based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Alexander Hamilton, and brought to life through the combined vision of songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda, director Thomas Kail, choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler, and orchestral genius Alex Lacamoire. The essence of Hamilton goes far deeper than just a simple stage show, however, as you’ll soon discover.

By combining multiple musical genres — jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway — Hamilton tells the story of Alexander Hamilton and the Revolutionary War in a way that you’d likely never anticipate, and while we don’t want to give away too much of the plot, let’s just say the entire production was enough to earn this show 11 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and was also the recipient of the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album and the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Back in 2015, when this play first debuted, the buzz was high, as you can see in this excerpt of a review by New York Times critic Ben Brantley, basically commanding folks to rush out and see it:

“I am loath to tell people to mortgage their houses and lease their children to acquire tickets to a hit Broadway show. But “Hamilton,” directed by Thomas Kail and starring Mr. Miranda, might just about be worth it — at least to anyone who wants proof that the American musical is not only surviving but also evolving in ways that should allow it to thrive and transmogrify in years to come.”

Even years later, enthusiasm for Hamilton is high, and it’s gained a reputation as something of a modern day classic, as evidenced by this glowing review from DC Theatre’s Tim Treanor, proclaiming the show to be the best ever written:

“The singular genius of Hamilton, the greatest musical ever written, is that it recognizes that the American Revolution did not end with Yorktown, but is ongoing, even today, and that there are Founders of America being born even as we speak.”

You can learn more about the Hamilton story by visiting the play’s official webpage, and catch a few previews of the show over on YouTube. Excited yet? You should be, and if you want to see for yourself just how grand this performance is, you’ll need to make some solid plans to get to The Orpheum at some point in the near future.

When Can I See the Show?

Performances of Hamilton at The Orpheum will be kicking off on February 12th, and you can see what tickets are available by checking online at the SHN ticketing information page. Easy enough to remember, but you’ll also want to keep some details about the venue in mind to ensure you have the best time possible when you head to the show.

First up is how to get to The Orpheum. Sure, you can drive there, and if you do, you’ll want to remember that street parking around the venue is limited at best, so you’d be better off parking in one of the nearby garages, of which there are several:

  • SOMA Grand Garage at 1160 Mission Street
  • UC Hastings Garage at 376 Larkin Street
  • 6x6 Garage at 945 Market Street
  • 798 Stevenson Street Garage at 798 Stevenson Street
  • Public Parking at Trinity at 33 8th Street
  • Market Square Garage at 846 Jessie Street

All of these options are within half a mile of The Orpheum, but if you’d rather skip the hassle of driving, you should also bear in mind that the Civic Center/UN Plaza Station BART stop will put you within striking distance of the theatre, and that there’s always the option of catching a rideshare to your destination instead.

Why Not Make It an Evening?

Since you’ll already be out to see the play, why not make your trip an entire evening excursion? There are plenty of bars and restaurants in the same neighborhood as The Orpheum, and each would make for a splending pre or post-show date spot. Feeling like a quick bite of Mexican food will satisfy your craving? Taqueria Cancun is just the spot to indulge on all the burritos and carne asada you can handle. Or maybe you’re just in the mood for a quick cup of coffee? Specialty coffee houses like Cumaica are just what you need, then. These and many other establishments are waiting, and once you’ve seen just how amazing Hamilton is, follow it up to one of your local favorites to complete your night out on the town.

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