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President Obama Set to See Hamilton Again

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton has been a hit since it opened on Broadway, garnering acclaim from theatre critics, celebrities, and political figures, alike. As previously reported, President Barack Obama and First Daughters Malia and Sasha were enthralled when they attended a preview on July 18. Apparently, Mr. Obama enjoyed it so much that he’s planning to see it again. According to reports, the President will attend a showing of the musical on November 2 to raise money for the Democratic Party.

The fundraiser will be held on a Monday, which is typically a night that cast members have off. However, the Democratic National Committee is paying the costs for the special Monday night performance. Seats are selling for up to $5,000 each which will benefit the Democratic Hope Fund. The Fund raises money to help retire Mr. Obama’s campaign debt.

Margo Lion, a Broadway producer and an investor in Hamilton, is organizing the event. She also organized Broadway fundraisers in 2007 and 2012 for Mr. Obama’s presidential campaigns.

The show, which tells the story of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton to a hip-hop score, has received rave reviews. Hamilton debuted off-Broadway at The Public Theater in January. It started Broadway previews July 13 and opened on August 6 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. In addition to Mr. Obama, other political figures have attended the performance, including former President Bill and former Senator Hilary Clinton, and former Vice President Dick Cheney. First lady Michelle Obama has seen the hit musical twice.

Other early guests have included comedian Jimmy Fallon and actresses Julia Roberts, Whoopi GoldbergLaverne Cox and Olivia Wilde.

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