I just wanted to expound on this point a bit more, but one of the greatest compliments the show has been getting is how it is getting "the youths" to care about a long dead treasury secretary, and about the American revolution in general. Not only that, but the show is a showcase of some of the finest minority actors and real-life immigrant stories. Using spoken word, rap, beat poetry and singing to tell the story in a way wholly unique to the musical art form. The show and the cast are straight up groundbreaking, changing Broadway to the core. The cast they put together is one of a kind and integral to the overall sentiment behind the show. That anyone, no matter their station, color or creed can change history. And that you cannot determine how you will be remembered.
They have had a lot of programs to get NY public schools in for shows, and students in for super cheap (10 bucks) tickets. This show is probably going to be remembered as a cornerstone of American art, and the art form of musical theatre. I haven't seen a show so powerful since Les Miserables (which carries a very similar narrative). Again, groundbreaking.
The problem with broadway, is the ticket prices, the exclusivity, and the straight up inability to reach a wider audience. And to get the full impact of the show and the cast, you need to be able to see them sing. That is the beauty of live theatre, you get a personal connection to the performers that just can't be replicated. It is sacrosanct. While I am all for the sanctity of the living and breathing art form that is theatrical performance, a show like this needs to have the message and vision spread as wide as possible. And for that, I am sure they will release this widely, free to schools and kids, probably broadcast on PBS for free. I know that seeing the Broadway cast will in no way deter me from seeing it live in Chicago sometime this fall or early next year, but I have a feeling that the performances recorded will be held onto for at least a year. I would expect some sort of theatrical release or DVD next year, to allow the West End and Chicago performances to get a foothold prior to the wide release.
I am so excited that this cast, and their work will be saved forever, and I hope that it will be able to spread the powerful message of their performance on as wide of a scale as possible. And I am willing to wait for it.