Opening night of Hamilton brings excitement, hometown connection


“Hamilton” fans don’t need to wait for it anymore.

Tuesday was opening night for the tour of the hit Broadway musical at the Kentucky Center in Louisville.

Hamilton performance shot
“Hamilton” runs through June 23. (Source: PNC Broadway)

“There have been so many big shows that have come to Louisville and come to the Center — ‘Phantom of the Opera,’ ‘Lion King,’ ‘Wicked’ — ‘Hamilton’ is its own thing,” Christian Adelberg, with the Kentucky Center, said.

It’s showing through June 23 as part of the PNC Broadway in Louisville series.

>> Enter the lottery to get $10 ‘Hamilton’ tickets

“For this opening night here in Louisville, I am so excited my cheeks hurt from smiling all day,” Charnette Batey said.

Batey, a 2008 graduate of New Albany High School, grew up idolizing the actors she saw on stage at the Kentucky Center.

Now, she is one.

Charnette Batey
Charnette Batey is living her dreams on stage. (Source: Provided photos)

Batey is in the ensemble and understudies all the Schuyler Sisters.

“To be able to step into the shoes of these fundamental, strong, transformative historical people — it’s just an amazing opportunity,” Batey said.

She shares the stage with Lexington native Patrick Garr.

“This is like coming full circle and I know that people are proud of me,” Batey said. “It just feels good.”

Tickets are still available in a digital lottery ahead of each performance.

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