PLATO Scheduling Note: Registration is limited to the those on the December 7, 2016 Hamilton Trip Wait List, currently totaling 195 members and guests. Hamilton officials have authorized 60 tickets for our use on this trip.
A special registration code will issued to those authorized from the wait list to register.
As soon as, future large group Hamilton tickets become available, we will schedule additional trips to serve the wait list people first, before offering new Hamilton trips to the PLATO membership.
Hamilton Chicago Cast
Photo Credit: Chris De'Sean Lee & HAMILTON Company - HAMILTON (c) Joan Marcus 2016
HAMILTON is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, told by America now.
Hamilton Chicago Reviews: Highly Recommended (Based upon 19 Reviews)
The CIBC Theatre was opened on New Year’s Day in 1906 as the Majestic Theatre. The architects of the venue were Edmund R. Krause and George L. and Cornelius Rapp, and it was the first venue in Chicago to cost over one million dollars. The Majestic Building, the tallest building in Chicago when it was first built, became a Chicago landmark, and the theatre instantly became a popular destination for vaudeville acts.
In the 1920s, it became part of the famous Orpheum Circuit and host to legendary luminaries Harry Houdini and Lily Langtry. In 1932, during the Great Depression, the Majestic closed its doors and remained empty for 15 years. In 1945, the theatre was purchased by the Shubert Organization and reopened as the Sam Shubert Theatre. The venue was restored and redecorated, although much of the original design was retained. The Shubert stage became home to an astounding array of classic plays and musicals such as CAROUSEL, SOUTH PACIFIC, GUYS AND DOLLS, THE KING AND I, MY FAIR LADY and A CHORUS LINE. In 1991, the Nederlander Organization purchased the Majestic Building from the Shubert Organization. The Shubert continued to host a wide array of quality theatrical productions, including the Chicago premiere of RENT, CHICAGO—THE MUSICAL, CABARET and the Pre-Broadway engagements of THE GOODBYE GIRL and Julie Andrews in VICTOR/VICTORIA.
Since the formation of Broadway In Chicago in 2000, the rich history of exceptional entertainment has continued with the Pre-Broadway World Premieres of Billy Joel and Twyla Tharp’s MOVIN’ OUT and MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT. In 2005, the theatre closed for a glorious multi-million dollar restoration and was reopened in May 2006 as the LaSalle Bank Theatre, and later the Bank of America Theatre in 2008. Since that time, the venue has hosted the long run of the musical phenomenon JERSEY BOYS, the Pre-Broadway World Premiere KINKY BOOTS, and the Broadway Blockbuster THE BOOK OF MORMON.
At a press conference on December 8, 2015, Broadway In Chicago and CIBC announced a dynamic partnership that is committed to bring the best of Broadway to our Chicago Theatre District. The CIBC Theatre officially opened with the production of CABARET, on Tuesday, February 9, and is now the new home of Broadway’s biggest hit, HAMILTON.
Seating Chart (Our seats will be in the lower Mezzanine, Rows B-H)
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Free Time for Lunch on Your Own*, Visiting the Art Institute (AIC) and Exploring
*Group Lunch Option is available to those who want to register, but may be hesitant...not knowing anyone and uncomfortable eating alone. The group option lunch addresses this concern and is a good way to make new theater trip friends. Just answer "Yes" to Group Lunch questions on the registration form and we will take care of the rest. Restaurant to be determined.
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Bear in mind that our boarding bus route is like Madison Metro or any other municipal bus service. Please arrive early at your boarding stop so you don’t miss the bus. When everyone is aboard and seated, we leave. Arrive early and we will all arrive in Chicago with plenty of time to enjoy our day.
– Don’t be late. We can wait just 5 minutes at any one location.
– Pack water bottles and snacks for sustenance on the journey.
7:15 AM Begin bus boarding at Oakwood Village University Woods
7:40 AM Bus arrives at Capitol Lakes for boarding.
7:55 AM Bus arrives at East Towne Sears for boarding.
8:10 AM Bus departs for Chicago (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard
11:00 AM Arrive at Art Institute of Chicago
11:15 AM Arrive at CIBC Theatre
12:45 PM Return Pick up at Art Institute
1:00 PM Arrive at CIBC Theatre
1:30 PM Hamilton performance begins
4:15 PM Hamilton performance ends and bus boarding begins
4:45 PM (Est) Depart from CIBC Theatre (Or, sooner if everyone is aboard)
Return to Madison (Estimated)
8:15 PM East Towne Sears
8:30 PM Capitol Lakes
8:45 PM Oakwood Village University Oaks
Accessibility Policy. On the Badger Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus. If you need assistance, we recommend that you bring a friend to give you a hand.
The CIBC Theatre Mezzanine is handicap accessible for the most part. Each outer wall has handrail support for ascending and descending the seating area. However, there are gaps in some portions. Exercise caution. Ask for assistance from fellow group members in getting to your seat if you need it.
Hamilton 2016 Wait List 1 Theater Trip Mail-in Registration Form (including instructions)
For further information, contact Hamilton 2016 Wait List 1 theater trip organizer, Bob Blitzke, firstname.lastname@example.org and 608-271-7741