Very few Broadway shows have had as big a global impact as historical hip-hop sensation Hamilton. Written and starring the brilliant Lin-Manuel Miranda, who just won a Pulitzer Prize for writing this Broadway hit, Hamilton has taken the world by storm.

The musical’s supremely talented, diverse cast performed at the 2016 Grammys (where they won Best Musical Theater album) followed by a performance at The White House, where President Obama explained, “We wanted to share this incredible musical with people who might otherwise not get the experience.”

Obama had a point; it’s nearly impossible to get Hamilton tickets. The show is almost sold out for its entire Broadway engagement, and resold tickets go for an average of over $1,000. So four musical-loving history aficionados took it upon themselves to create Hamiltunes, a raucous, celebratory sing-along event created by and for die-hard fans of the show.

Hamiltunes

This Broadway karaoke celebration of Miranda’s lyrical genius and infectious melodies was created by LA event producers Chris Bramante, Liz Kerin, Jack Kelly, and Mia Resella and it takes place at indie theater The Clubhouse. The events are solely donation-based and take no profit.

Hamiltunes is not a fully produced stageplay but rather a celebration of the musical’s rampant fandom. Attendees don powdered wigs and tri-cornered hats, swig bottles of Sam Adams, and wave American flags throughout the hip-hop numbers as they scream, “To the revolution!”

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Costumes and props are encouraged at Hamiltunes

Hamiltunes has thrown two sold-out events here in Los Angeles, and the sing-along craze has spread to other cities, all waving the Hamiltunes banner. The organizers now have a “starter kit” for throwing your own Hamiltunes evening, and events have been held in San Francisco, New York, Connecticut, and D.C., with future sing-alongs planned for Sacramento, Chicago, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh.

If you want to join these merry makers this Saturday for their third official event, donation-based tickets are available online. Brush up on your historical figure impressions if you purchase a singer’s ticket, or you can just enjoy singing memorable lines like, “How lucky we are to be alive right now!” from your seat. How lucky, indeed.

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Hamiltunes event in San Francisco

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