Sacramento, Calif. (September 16, 2021) – The musical HAMILTON opened last night in the City of Sacramento’s new SAFE Credit Union Performing Arts Center, a major accomplishment after numerous challenges presented by COVID-related issues over the past 20 months.
The curtain rose at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 15 to an enthusiastic and appreciative audience. Tickets for the show’s four-week engagement in Sacramento are available with limited availability for most performances.
“When I saw the trailers pull up for HAMILTON the first time, it filled me with so much joy,” said Richard Lewis, President and CEO of Broadway Sacramento. “Everyone here has literally been working around the clock to make this happen.”
In the year before the opening, work on the performing arts center was routinely halted due to COVID related issues including supply chain disruptions and workforce shortages.
Lewis attributed the show’s on-time opening in large part to the drive of Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, who worked directly with City staff and contractors to put additional labor and resources into the project in an all-out push to the finish line.
“Yesterday was a great day for Sacramento,” said Mayor Steinberg. “The creative economy is central to the life of our city, and our new performing arts center is its centerpiece. The opening of HAMILTON is a symbol of the reopening of our downtown and the upward trajectory of our city at large.”
Construction on the SAFE Credit Union Performing Arts Center was overseen by Kitchell, a construction firm with major offices in Sacramento and Phoenix.
“COVID presented a new challenge nearly every day and we knew we had a lot of work to complete to get ready for this momentous occasion,” said Kitchell President Wendy Cohen. “We are thrilled to see the completed theater ready to house some great performances for the City of Sacramento. Thank you to Mayor Steinberg for his dedication to this project and to all the partners who helped overcome these challenges.”
The completion of the SAFE Credit Union Performing Arts Center is the final phase of the City of Sacramento’s C3 Project, which also included the redesigned and updated Memorial Auditorium and The SAFE Credit Union Convention Center.
Broadway Sacramento and the theater have instituted rigorous COVID protocols in compliance with the State of California’s mandate for indoor events with 1,000+ attendees. Before entering the theatre, all ticketholders, regardless of age, are required to show proof of full COVID vaccination, with the final dose at least 14 days prior to performance time, or of a negative result from a COVID test, taken within 72 hours of performance time.
All patrons, regardless of age and vaccination status, are required to wear masks inside the theatre at all times. Attendees are encouraged to arrive at least 45 minutes early prior to the performance to allow venue staff to check proof of vaccination or negative test result and assist in seating you before curtain time.
Tickets and more information are available at: https://www.broadwaysacramento.com/production/hamilton/