NYC high school students get to see performance of 'Hamilton' for $10

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Entertainment reporter Sandy Kenyon has the latest details.

There has been nothing like it on Broadway, a hit of such proportions the waiting list for tickets could take months, and their cost beyond many budgets.

But on Wednesday, more than 1,000 people got to see 'Hamilton' for just $10.

The lucky ones were New York City high school students who are part of a partnership between the producers of 'Hamilton', the New York Board of Education and two non-profit organizations.

Before the matinee Wednesday, the teens got to perform on the same stage.

They're hoping to be stars of tomorrow, and this group has already made it to Broadway.

"We really put a lot of effort into it so we hope it turns out really nice, to make our schools and our families really proud," said Isabella Imade of Cristo Rey NY High School.

The students are on the same stage where 'Hamilton' is performed, hoping to follow in the steps of its creator, Linn Manuel Miranda.

"It's fantastic to have these students here. It brightens up the cast and the crew who does this every single day, and it makes us realize who we are doing this for," said stage manager Amber White.

These are the first of 20,000 high schoolers from our area who will see the hit musical, thanks to the Rockefeller Foundation and the Gilder Lehrman Institute.

"I'm thrilled to be here. It's really something that I've never experienced," said Chris Gonzalez of Cristo Rey NY High School.

Premium orchestra seats cost $550 each and often go for much more, but these teens are paying just 10 bucks for this performance!

"It shows our students this is theirs," said teacher Sasha Dobos-Czarnocha. "Broadway is a New York City tradition. They get to come here. They get to understand that this show in particular is part of their own history."

Like other students we met at 'Fieldston' in the Bronx last month, these young people have been studying Alexander Hamilton in class before watching him come to life here.

"We think history is so far away we don't understand it, but when we see how relatable it is,
like it makes it so beautiful," said Fatima Salam of Urban Assemble School.

And for those with showbiz dreams, lessons learned from members of this cast may be the most valuable.

"It means my dreams are closer to achievements, and yeah they're becoming my reality," said Nakkia Smalls of Urban Assembly School.

"How does it feel to you?", we asked. "Amazing!", she said.

The dreams of Hamilton's creator were first formed when Linn Manuel Miranda attended Manhattan's Hunter College High School, and Wednesday, his show helped the next generation get similarly inspired.
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