The Empty Closet sat down with RBTL Executive Vice President, Linda Glosser, to get a preview of “Hamilton”, one of the most anticipated shows of 2019!
OA: What is your role with the RBTL and what does presenting Hamilton mean to the organization?
LG: As Executive VP at RBTL, I get to work with all of our departments within the organization to help deliver on our mission. Presenting Hamilton means all of the best outcomes we could hope for as a touring Broadway market – a multi week engagement with significant economic impact results for not only the theatre, but also for local businesses and individuals. To be able to provide access for our audiences to this most remarkable show right in our own backyard is significant to us as well.
OA: Why did RBTL and Presenter Albert Nocciolino feel it was so important to bring this show to Rochester?
LG: This show, perhaps more so than any other show before it, has the ability to ‘ speak’ to such a wide array of people – both Broadway die-hards those audiences that do not traditionally consider themselves Broadway fans. Through music and dance, the story is told in a style and manner which is relevant and accessible. That is important to us; it helps create brand new theatre goers who may realize that “ Broadway” may mean something different than they may have previously thought.
OA: Is the overwhelming response for tickets what you expected?
LG: Yes, the response has been overwhelming and very exciting. Rochester has been a buzz about this show since we announced it almost two years ago now. We saw a huge turnout for our on-sale here at the theatre and online at Ticketmaster.com We did a lot of work in advance messaging prior to going on sale to help people purchase tickets from authorized sources – either at the theatre or from Ticketmaster. As always, we encourage our patrons to triple check the site at which they’re buying their tickets from to avoid the secondary ticketing market.
OA: On a personal note, what is YOUR favorite thing about this show?
LG: The fact that the show brings to life the compelling and emotional stories of remarkable individuals, who were previously known to me, perhaps to most of us, only through high school history books, which offered very limited perspective and representation.
OA: What should audiences watch for or pay special attention to?
LG: Listen to the cast recording before you go! The first 10 minutes or so really will inform the listener about Alexander Hamilton’s early life, which is so important in establishing a baseline for comparison to his eventual extraordinary accomplishments.
OA: What should audiences expect to leave with?
LG: Multiple song bites that you will NOT be able to get out of your head, a cast recording, and a plan to come back to see it again.