From announcing the show in April 2016 to the anticipated takeover in summer 2018, a look at how the world's biggest Broadway show landed in Iowa's capital city. Matthew Leimkuehler/The Register
"Hamilton" mania continues to run rabid in Des Moines.
Des Moines Performing Arts announced Thursday general public tickets to the highly anticipated musical plan to go on sale Nov. 17 at 9 a.m. via dmpa.org, by phone at 515-246-2300 or at the Des Moines Civic Center ticketing office (221 Walnut St.).
So … how’d we get here? Step back in time with this look of how Des Moines landed "Hamilton" and what news that 11-time Tony Award-winning musical has created since unveiling that a date in the Hawkeye state would be part of the national tour.
April 2016: Des Moines Performing Arts announced "Hamilton" as the first show of the 2017-18 Willis Broadway Series. Declared a major victory by city officials, the news came nearly a year before the organization would release the full lineup of the then-impending Broadway season.
December 2016: Behind the popularity of "Hamilton," the Register reported Des Moines Performing Arts reached record season ticket sales for the 2016-17 Willis Broadway Series. Coined the “Hamilton effect” by national media, the report noted at the time of publish that Des Moines Performing Arts had seen a 112 percent increase in season ticket package sales from 2015-16 to 2016-17.
March 2017: Des Moines Performing Arts unveiled Des Moines would be spending Independence Day with Alexander Hamilton. Releasing the full 2017-18 Broadway series lineup, the organization confirmed a three-week run of "Hamilton" performances, from June 27 to July 15, 2018, at the Civic Center.
May 2017: For the first time in organization history, Des Moines Performing Arts announced a waiting list for Broadway season tickets. A record total 16,200 packages have been sold to the season, which continues Dec. 5 with Tony Award-nominated production “Waitress.” Shows not named “Hamilton” still to appear at the Civic Center in the 2017-18 season include Tony Award-winning play “The Humans” and Gloria Estefan and Emilio Estefan-influenced musical “On Your Feet!”
November 2017: General public tickets to see “Hamilton” are set to go on sale Nov. 17 at 9 a.m., Des Moines Performing Arts unveiled on Thursday. Tickets, limited to four per household, range from $54 to $148.50, with a select number of premium seats available at $303.50 before servicing fees.
To come in 2018: "Hamilton" closing the year’s Broadway series with a three-week engagement at the Civic Center.
More information on "Hamilton" tickets can be found at dmpa.org.