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How to snag tickets to hit musical Hamilton? You might have to go back to school

How to snag tickets to hit musical Hamilton? You might have to go back to school
From CBC - November 24, 2017

More than 2,000 students got into the hottest show in Chicago for free Hamilton: An American Musical as part of their acceptance to Northwestern University.

It's one of theways colleges and high schools are using the hugely popular musical to teach students about history, art, drama, culture, and even politics. There's even a high school programco-ordinatedthrough the show that has allowed nearly 49,000 students in four cities to see the show for free or reduced admission.

"It's one thing to learn about these kind of events in a classroom but to go and see this in a production it's different, and it's just amazing," said Northwestern freshman Alex Richards after seeing the smash hit musical.

First-year Northwestern students went to two matinees at CIBC Theatre in October on 48 buses as part of the One Book One Northwestern program, which includes a series of discussions, speakers and other events around the theme of a book. This year it was Danielle Allen's Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defence of Equality.

'Maybe history is not so bad'

Nancy Cunniff, director for One Book One Northwestern, says the program gives students a common discussion point when they get to campus as well as a different perspective on a subject.

"Our approach has been to find different access points," Cunniff said. "So maybe history is not your thing but you like musicals and then you go and see this musical and then maybe history is not so bad."

The university also started a class last year called Hamilton's America,a lecture course cross-listed in history and Latino studies. Last year they taught 135 students and this year they plan to raise the cap to 180, expecting interest to increase after the One Book program, said Geraldo Cadava, an associate professor who helps lead the class.

'Further their understanding and enjoyment'

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