The hit stage musical Hamilton will reportedly receive at least $30 million in federal aid, with a possible $20 million in additional funding, as part of the government’s pandemic relief program for the arts and entertainment.
Hamilton had five productions around the country prior to the start of the coronavirus pandemic, with each production applying for $10 million in relief, according to a report in the New York Times. So far, three of those productions have qualified for assistance, bringing the total amount of aid to $30 million.
Hamilton, which as written by the left-wing Lin-Manuel Miranda, has grossed an estimated $650 million on Broadway alone, with touring productions generating even more revenue. The show opened in New York in 2015 and has played to sold-out houses at the Richard Rodgers Theatre for most of its run.
The musical is eligible for federal aid under the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant, which is aimed at helping performing arts venues, museums, and cinemas recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant is overseen by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Hamilton generated controversy when cast members lectured then-Vice President-elect Mike Pence following a performance in late 2016.
“We, sir — we — are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents, or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights,” actor Brandon Victor Dixon told Pence.
Miranda also repeatedly attacked former President Donald Trump. “Your occasional reminder that our current president lies as easy as you and I breathe air. Every day, all day, reflexively,” Miranda said in a social media post in 2019.