All of San Francisco tried to buy ‘Hamilton’ tickets and pretty much failed

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Many people are pulling a Donald Trump and calling the hit Broadway musical Hamiltonrude.” They struggled online for hours Monday to get tickets to the play before it comes to San Francisco next year. They mostly failed.

In what was an advance online ticketing event exclusively for American Express cardholders, tens of thousands lined up in an online “queue” at 10 a.m. Monday for tickets for the show that will be touring San Francisco beginning in March through August. 

But via a randomized number system assigned to hungry theatergoers, a huge number of people didn’t even get close to spending all their money on the hot musical.  Read more…

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Darren Criss tapped as behind-the-scenes digital host for NBC’s ‘Hairspray Live!’

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LOS ANGELES — Darren Criss is joining the nicest kids in town.

The Glee alum has been tapped as the multiplatform host for NBC’s live telecast of Hairspray Live!, Mashable has exclusively  learned.

The uplifting musical comedy delves into the issues of racial segregation in Baltimore in the 1960s. The live TV production will air on NBC on Wednesday Dec. 7.

Newcomer Maddie Baillio has been tapped to play the lead role of Tracy Turnblad. Other cast members include Jennifer Hudson (Motormouth Maybelle), Ariana Grande (Penny), Kristin Chenoweth (Velma Von Tussle), Martin Short (Wilbur Turnblad), Harvey Fierstein (Edna Turnblad; he is also one of the show’s writers), Derek Hough (Corny Collins), Sean Hayes (Mr. Pinkie) and Rosie O’Donnell (gym teacher). Read more…

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