Hamilton a big hit on stage and for the Memphis economy

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – One of the founders of our country’s financial system is posthumously helping the Bluff City’s bottom line.

The hit musical Hamilton kicked off a 3-week run at the Orpheum Theatre in Downtown Memphis Tuesday. Over that period, an audience of tens of thousands is expected to bring in millions to spur on the local economy.

No matter which direction you go in from the front door of the Orpheum Theatre, north, south, east or west you’ll run into restaurants and Hamilton audiences are taking full advantage of it.

If you’re like most people you’ll want to enjoy a night in the living theatre on a full stomach like Elle Petyak from South Carolina and Maya Pande from Oregon, who lucked out and won $10 lottery tickets. Their choice for a pre-theatre meal was Swanky’s for tacos and drinks.

Sixty-five thousand people who will go through theatre doors to see the Hamilton musical tour and that adds up to $20 to $25 million in economic impact during the show’s 3-week run.

Don’t have a dinner reservation? Orphuem president Brett Batterson will help you out.

“You can add on a cocktail party before the show because reservations Downtown right now are hard to get on performance nights,” said Batterson.

That’s an open bar and heavy hors d’eouvers for an additional $100.

Mimi and Robert Mearly from Lambert are making it a night in Memphis and scored reservations at a restaurant just blocks away from the theatre.

“We’ve been waiting forever,” said Mimi. “We’ve been ticket holder for many, many years and so glad we were.” 

With people coming from near and far to see Hamilton that means hotels will also see big business.

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