Hamilton is coming to San Jose in October, and tickets are already selling fast. The mega-hit musical is playing Oct. 12-31 at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, as part of its North American Tour that's also in San Francisco through Sept. 5.
The tour includes three separate casts scheduled to make appearances in at least 46 U.S. and Canadian cities between now and next summer. (More cities are supposed to be announced soon, according to the Hamilton site, though we presume that may be subject to evolving circumstances.)
The North American Tour is also set to touch down in Sacramento starting Sept. 15 and Fresno at the end of next March. Los Angeles, like New York and some other hotspots, has its own running show, which reopens Aug. 17.
Composer Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony Award-winning hip-hop retelling of America's founding through the story of Alexander Hamilton, the show is a sell-out draw under any circumstances, and its return to national stages is a long-awaited COVID-reopening milestone. And it shows: Despite pandemic uncertainty, some of the San Jose dates are already showing limited availability for tickets.
Still, fans seeking tickets to the production have to acknowledge a statement warning that the event could be canceled and promising that tickets will be exchanged or refunded if that happens. The statement also alerts guests that everyone entering the theater will be required to wear masks and adhere to other as-yet-unspecified COVID-19 safety measures.
"Additional health checks may be required and they will based upon health orders issued by the Santa Clara County Department of Public Health and in effect at the time of your performance," states the notice from Broadway San Jose.
The collection of San Jose theaters that includes the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts is also advertising increased sanitation and safety measures, including upgraded air filtration. The theaters say they've achieved "outbreak prevention, response and recovery accreditation" from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council, a division of a worldwide cleaning industry trade association. (And if that doesn't sum up a post-2019 world, we're not sure what does.)
Visitors to the San Francisco production, which reopened Tuesday at the Orpheum Theater, are required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result from within 72 hours in order to enter the theater. BroadwaySF also instituted a temporary exchange/refund policy under which customers can change their tickets or get their money back if they come down with COVID-like symptoms, test positive or "otherwise feel that [they] represent a significant transmission risk."
The San Jose Center for the Performing Arts is located at 255 Almaden Blvd., San Jose. For more information and tickets, see broadwaysanjose.com/shows/hamilton/.