Do You Take Your Kid to 'Hamilton'?
The tyrannical buffoonery of King George III gets riotous laughter from all ages in the audience.
Let’s get this out of the way first: If you haven’t see “Hamilton” yet, go see it, on stage now through March 18 at the Paramount Theatre.
Even if until now you've enjoyed being the contrarian hold out. Even if you think you hate musicals. If you can manage to buy a ticket, just go. It's a riveting, thought-provoking, immensely entertaining musical - worthy of all the fuss - and the magnificent cast of the Seattle show does it full justice. The only question is, if you're a parent, do you take your child?
If they are 7 years and under, probably not, and if they are a middle or high-schooler, absolutely yes, but what about the in-between 8 to 10 year-olds?
After starting Off Broadway in 2015 and quickly moving to Broadway, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s wildly (and deservedly) successful musical launched its second national tour in Seattle on February 6. Despite reports that the show had entirely sold out for its Seattle run, a recent check of ticket availability on the official Paramount ticket website showed both standard and verified resale tickets available at prices ranging from $195 per ticket to $462.
Paying those kind of dollars for a family theater experience is not within the budget for most parents, so chances are good you have not given much thought to whether or not “Hamilton” would be an appropriate show for your child. But there is a way to avoid those prohibitive tickets prices and that’s the $10 ticket lottery available on all remaining performances (except the matinees on March 8 and 14). See below for how to enter the lottery.
If you do toss your name into the lottery and you win two tickets (no idea what your odds are), you’ll have to quickly decide who to bring along. Certainly every parent has their own values and comfort level regarding what films, live shows, songs and books they want their child to experience and at what age, but here are a few things to keep in mind when deciding if you want to make your child your lucky "Hamilton" date.
1. If it were a film, “Hamilton” would be rated between PG and PG 13. There is some swearing, and a marriage infidelity — but no nudity. With the riveting combination of dance, rap, songs and a magically rotating portion of the stage, a child 8-to 10-years-old will most likely be so memorized that they’ll not even notice the moments that make you squirm.
2. Taking your child to "Hamilton" will open up the opportunity for all kinds of good discussions — such as why Lin-Manuel Min chose to have African-American actors playing white characters and vice versa and how history is storytelling and why there are many different versions told of the same historical events. Before and after the show your child will benefit by learning more about this formative period of time in our country: Here’s a great reading list to enrich your discussions — “6 Books for Kids Who Love History and Hamilton!”.
3. Chances are good that the "Hamilton" soundtrack already fills your home many times daily but even so listen again - carefully - with your child and go over the storyline. The plot is somewhat confusing but the beautiful lyrics do tell the tale.
Ready to give the Ticket Lottery a try?
The lottery opens at 11 a.m. (Pacific Time) two days before each performance date and will close at 9 a.m. the day before the show (except the matinees on March 8 and 15).
Email and text notifications will be sent — to winners and non-winners alike — at around 11 a.m. the day before the performance.
Tickets have to be bought online with a credit card by 4 p.m. the day before the performance using the link provided in a notification email.
Only one entry is allowed per person and will be void if resold.