The blockbuster, multi-award winning, cultural phenomenon Hamilton ended its three-year run in Chicago on Sunday after more than 1,000 performances.
Cast members and the audience were shedding tears during the final curtain call at what’s now the CIBC Theatre on West Monroe Street. Mayor Lori Lightfoot joined the cast onstage and declared Jan. 5 to be “Hamilton Day” in Chicago.
“There will be a void, of course, but the memory and legacy of this production will live on,” Lightfoot said.
According to Broadway In Chicago, the production company behind the tour here, there were 1,341 performances of Hamilton since it premiered on Sept. 27, 2016.
The company said 2.6 million people saw Hamilton, including 32,000 Chicago Public Schools students and teachers. Hamilton producer Jeffrey Seller said ticket sales grossed $400 million.
On Sunday, the audience included Jamie Marolt of Crystal Lake, seeing the musical for the fourth and final time.
“Every time I’ve seen it I’ve cried my eyeballs out,” she said.
Marolt, who is of Asian descent, said she connected with the show’s true story of Alexander Hamilton leaving the West Indies and becoming one of the key founders of the United States, including the first U.S. Treasury secretary. Like many Hamilton fans, she also celebrated the racial diversity of the cast.
“I’m kind of one of the only people of color in my circle of friends,” she said, “and to have that representation on stage — that was pretty impactful.”
Marolt said she paid in the mid-$500s for her Sunday ticket. And she’s not done with seeing Hamilton. She’s considering traveling to Sydney, Australia, when the show moves there.
Carrie Shepherd is a reporter for WBEZ. Follow her @cshepherd.