Unless you've been living under a rock for the past year or so, you've probably heard about Hamilton, the critically acclaimed, and now perennially sold-out Broadway show that retells the life of Alexander Hamilton in a mix of hip-hop; Britpop, and R&B. This weekend's New York Times has an interesting breakdown of the finances behind this show, which is expected to earn well over a billion dollars in its current form, and with productions opening in Chicago and San Diego later this year, that figure will probably grow. In order to combat rampant scalping of tickets (which now regularly sell for several thousand dollars on the secondary market) the producers have raised the top price of a ticket to $895. But they have simultaneously doubled the number of "lottery" tickets available for $10. The producers have also partnered with educational foundations to make the show available to thousands of high school students. Educators report that recasting debates among the Founding Fathers in hop-hop cadences (as well as many of the leading personages as latino or African-American) has sparked an intense interest among students of the time period and the issues of the time. I'm definitely gong to do my best to see the show once it opens in Chicago. The Broadway cast album, while pretty good, somehow doesn't do justice to the entire experience.