THR 100: Hollywood's Most Powerful People Have Better Access to 'Hamilton' Than You (Guess Who's Seen It 4 Times?)
Yes, Hollywood's also in love with the popular musical.
Even a handful of Hollywood's most powerful don't throw away their shots when it comes to scoring Hamilton seats, according to many of those who made this year's THR 100 list, The Hollywood Reporter's inaugural ranking of the entertainment industry's most powerful people.
Both power showrunner Shonda Rhimes and Blumhouse Productions founder and CEO Jason Blum have seen the musical a whopping four times. Blum even plans to go again before Lin-Manuel Miranda departs the show next month.
He's not the only one, either. Steve Golin, founder of Anonymous Content, told THR he's ashamed to admit he hasn't seen Hamilton yet (especially when his son has seen it four times!), but he really wants to go before Miranda leaves. (It should be noted that tickets have been virtually sold out for months, with resale tickets running upwards of $12,000 a seat.)
DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg is behind Blum and Rhimes, having seen the show "only" three times (even though a majority of fans are dying to see it just once).
Judd Apatow is currently debating whether he should see the musical for a third time. "But it's a choice between sending my kid to college or Stubhub," he joked.
Melissa McCarthy went as far as calling her family "sociopathic" for the musical because it's always playing in her house, for both her and her kids. Though she's only seen it once, McCarthy told THR she's "desperate to go back and see it about 64,000 more times."
Simon Kinberg, writer, producer and principal at Genre Films, also obsesses over Hamilton with his children, listening to the music "almost nonstop."
After seeing the show for himself, 20th Century Fox CEO Jim Gianopulos got the opportunity any Hamilton fan would kill for — to speak with Miranda. "I told him I had never experienced anything so exalted that so surpassed its expectation," he said.
It seems a more accurate question for this year's THR 100 might be, "Who hasn't seen Hamilton?" Zack Van Amburg, who serves as president of programming and production at Sony alongside Jamie Erlicht, even wishes to travel back in time and speak to George Washington. "I want to thank him and break the news that Hamilton is momentarily more famous," he told THR.