'Hamilton' musical creator to premiere Chicago exhibition

Chicago (AFP) –


"Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda will bring a new exhibition to Chicago dedicated to the American founding father after which the wildly popular musical was named.

The project, described as a "360-degree, immersive exhibit" about Alexander Hamilton, the American Revolution and the birth of the United States, will open in the Windy City on November 17 before eventually traveling to other locations.

Miranda described "Hamilton: The Exhibition" as an opportunity to more fully explore the first US treasury secretary's life and work.

"It's been incredible and surreal to see the renewed interest (the musical) has sparked in Alexander Hamilton's life and times," he said in a statement, adding that the exhibition will offer "a deep dive into the details and experiences of Hamilton's story."

The show -- complete with an audio tour narrated by Miranda and multimedia elements -- will be housed in a specially-built tent structure the size of an American football field.

It will be located on Northerly Island, a peninsula located in Chicago's downtown lakefront near a cluster of cultural institutions.

Organizers did not announce an end date for the Chicago residency, or when the exhibit would move on to other cities.

The musical's set designer, director and academic experts will help create the exhibition.

Imagine Exhibitions Inc, the project's producing company, currently operates dozens of similar exhibitions focused on everything from dinosaurs, to the Titanic and the TV series "Downton Abbey."

"Hamilton" has been playing in Chicago since late 2016, and has grossed hundreds of millions of dollars in performances around the world.