Hamilton at Providence Performing Arts Center
The smash Broadway hit Hamilton opened at PPAC on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 to a sold-out theatre. As matter of fact, the entire run at PPAC is completely sold out and has been for months. Luckily we were able to get tickets to the opening night performance.
About the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC)
If you have never been to the Providence Performing Arts Center, you are missing out. PPAC is Rhode Island’s premier theatre for Broadway performances and concerts. As you enter, the front lobby is breathtaking! Beautifly designed in red with gold trim it screams luxury.
PPAC was originally opened as Loew’s Movie Palace in 1928 and presented live shows and silent movies. The Depression of the 1930’s were difficult for the theatre, but it survived.
Flooding from two major hurricanes almost destroyed the building. One in 1938 and the second in 1954. Luckily there was enough support in the community to rebuild.
Throughout the 1940’s and 1950’s it served as a movie theatre and concerts were performed in the building.
PPAC fell into disrepair in the late 1960’s – early 1970’s and was on the verge of being demolished when a group formed a Non-Profit in the 1980’s to restore PPAC to the grandeur of its glory days.
Our seats were, well… IN CRANSTON!!! We were 3 rows from the very back of the top balcony. Even though we were very high above the stage, it did not feel as though there was a great bit of distance (if that makes sense.). We were able to see the whole stage and there were no distractions at all.
Just as with any venue, sporting arena or theme park, PPAC has you trapped for concessions. I am used to this, but prices here were MUCH more than they should be. When I purchase a 12oz Diet Coke and it costs as much as a 20oz bottle at Disney World in Orlando, the prices are WAY TOO HIGH!
As for the show. I was pretty skeptical. Usually when a show is hyped this much, I get disappointed. I’m not sure whether I am expecting too much or if I think that the show really not as good as everyone is claiming it to be. I am of the older generation and not really what you would call a fan of rap or hip hop music.
Well, I was very pleasantly surprised. From the opening number to the final curtain the cast provided a high-energy, well performed production. The music was incredible and there were really no lulls in the production.
Although a majority of the songs are hip-hop, there are some beautifully sung ballads and some humorous songs sung by the actor playing King George.
I thoroughly enjoyed this performance of “Hamilton” and find myself constantly humming tunes from the show. If I were to knit-pick and have to come up with something that I didn’t like, I guess I would say it would be the length of the performance. At 2:45 my legs were getting a little numb. But other than that, it was an incredible performance by a very talented cast.
Tickets are very scarce for any performance of “Hamilton”, but if you are able to get your hands on one (and afford it), I would suggest that you do.