Making Benjamins on Hamilton
The Hollywood Reporter|DOUBLE ISSUE APRIL 15-22, 2016

Who’s cashing in on Broadway’s hottest ticket in years? It’s not just creator Lin-Manuel Miranda as THR analyzes the revenue from sold-out shows, music and even books.

Rebecca Sun

THE FINE PRINT ON THE investors’ agreement for The Public Theater’s spring 2015 musical warned that backers likely wouldn’t see a return on their money unless the show enjoyed a successful Broadway run — the chances of which were “impossible to project or predict.”

That disclaimer seems hilarious in hindsight. The show, Hamilton, is the hottest ticket in New York in years. Through April 3, the hip-hop musical about the “$10 founding father” has grossed $61.7 million at the box office since its Broadway previews began in July. Shows are sold out, with premium tickets selling for $549 each (and scalpers asking double and triple that price).

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