“Hamilton” is one of those rare shows that don’t need an introduction. No matter where it goes, “Hamilton’s” producers don’t have to worry about trying to sell it. Tickets to the most successful musical in a generation have been as hard to snag as unicorn horns. Even before it landed 11 Tony Awards, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s creation was a genre-busting phenomenon that had worked its way into many different corners of the culture.
That’s why Friday’s media event at the Pantages Theatre, the day of its first performance, was such a surprise. The cast and creative team (including two “Hamilton” Tony winners, director Thomas Kail and choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler) were trotted out for a lengthy Q&A. Handlers and publicists were watching their smart phones, mindful of an upcoming afternoon rehearsal.
But if the “Hamilton” stars were anxious about their L.A. opening, it didn’t show. Michael Luwoye, who plays the title character, acted like a man who still couldn’t believe his good fortune. He ogled the Pantages’ sumptuous décor – it was his first time in the theater, or Los Angeles.
“Back in 2015, I started auditioning for the off-Broadway production of this show,” Luwoye said. He was trying out for other parts. “I went in, got a callback, then it stopped.” Later, he auditioned for roles when the Broadway…