In this photo taken Oct. 4, 2017, Alex Richards takes a photo of Meera Ganesh outside the CIBC Theatre after watching "Hamilton: An American Musical" in Chicago. They were among the approximately 2,000 first year students at Northwestern University who got to see the show for free as part of the school's "One Book One Northwestern" program. It's one of the ways colleges are using the hugely popular musical to teach students about history, art, critical thinking, performance, culture, and even politics. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)

Colleges, high schools use "Hamilton" to enhance teaching

November 24, 2017 - 12:44 pm

CHICAGO (AP) — Tickets for the blockbuster musical "Hamilton" may be hard to come by in several cities, but not for freshman at Northwestern University.

The school in Evanston, Illinois, has given more 2,000 incoming students tickets to Chicago performances of "Hamilton: An American Musical." It is just one of several schools using the Broadway hit in its curriculum.

Milwaukee's Marquette University, Ithaca College, Duke University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison are using Hamilton to teach students in history or music classes. High school students in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chicago have also received free or reduced price tickets to the show.

Northwestern University's approach is meant to give students a common discussion point when they arrive on campus.

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