By Sheba Antony
Published: April 1st, 2017
Inspired by the great progress on the construction of the new Leonard and Claire Tow Center for the Performing Arts, an anonymous group of alumni has purchased exclusive rights to the acclaimed Broadway show, “Hamilton: An American Musical.” When the show ceases its Broadway run, Brooklyn College will have exclusive performance rights for ten years at the Tow Center for the Performing Arts.
The alumni cohort enthusiastically shared the story behind why they’ve brought “Hamilton” to BC. “The Tow Center for the Performing Arts is looking fantastic and we thought it will definitely be a great addition to BC that will bring more people to our campus,” they wrote in an exclusive email to the Excelsior. “But we had this idea one night – at one of our weekly Hamilton soundtrack and Hamilton mixtape wine nights – to look into bringing Hamilton to BC. There is so much talent and heart in Brooklyn, so we wanted to bring more people here to experience that and see Hamilton productions with Brooklyn’s best.”
Another alum reaffirmed this sentiment via a phone call: “Brooklyn is such a diverse area with so much energy and passion. Hamilton has brought so much diversity into theatre in all its elements – cast, music, choreography, everything really! We sought to bring it BC not to rival the original, but to play off this beautiful congruency between Brooklyn and Hamilton.”
The group of 25 alumni agreed to amass their savings and donations from relatives and friends in order to have the funds to reach an agreement with Hamilton executives and purchase the rights. The exact amount was not disclosed, but one alumni commented, “I was going to purchase a home with my savings but I felt propelled to donate my money to this cause.”
Another said, “I recently became a vegan so all the money I used to spend on eating out has been getting saved up. I was so happy to donate to this because no animals were harmed in Hamilton or on the BC campus so I really want to bring more recognition to that.”
Upon asking current BC students what they think about Hamilton coming to BC, most reactions received were screaming ecstatically, happily crying and hugging, and exclamations of “oh-my-gawd.” Lin-Manuel Miranda was unable to reach for comment on the matter, but we presume that he would be proud to have Brooklyn continue to tell the Hamilton story.