Journalist Treats Herself to a ‘Hamilthon’

The next best thing to winning that online tickets lottery.

The Broadway smash Hamilton is sold out through next May, leaving only cancellations, a near-daily lottery of 21 low-priced front-row tickets or steep online resales. Although Washington Post contributor Becca Milfeld did recently play the online ticket lottery, which she writes attracts an average of 10,000 daily entrants, she was not a winner.

JimmyNapoliPicHer consolation prize was a tour of Greater New York historical Hamilton sights, which she shares for others to enjoy as well. Attractions include the Lower Manhattan grave sites of Hamilton and his wife Eliza Schuyler Hamilton, a park in New Jersey, a historical home in Harlem and a New York walking tour:

“Hamilton did not die in New Jersey, thank God. That is the worst thing that can happen to a New Yorker. They got him back into a boat. He did make it across to the West Village,” said Jimmy Napoli (pictured), who leads Hamilton walking tours, including a “Hamilton’s Wall Street” walk I went on. (For the record, I, too, took a boat back across the Hudson, in a ferry named “Alexander Hamilton.”)

At $50, the walk is a fraction of the musical’s price. And unlike Lin-Manuel Miranda, who gave his final performance as Hamilton on July 9 (the role is now played by his former understudy, Javier Muñoz), Napoli isn’t going away anytime soon. In fact, he has been giving Hamilton tours for decades.

Milfeld rates Napoli’s three-hour extravaganza as ‘the second best Hamilton show in town’ (he leads another in Harlem and co-leads a newer all-day trek to Morristown, N.J.) The tour guide has seen Hamilton twice and says that while he was initially concerned about the musical living up to the hype, it “beat the hype.”

Napoli was written up with equal high praise at the beginning of the year by The New York Times. Milfeld meanwhile has tickets for a Hamilton performance in May 2017.

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