The insanely popular Lin-Manuel Miranda hip-hop musical “Hamilton” made its Utah touring Broadway premiere at the Eccles Theater in Salt Lake City Wednesday night.

It was just a matter of hours from the time tickets first went on sale until the entire run of the show sold out, demonstrating just how profound the love of “Hamilton” is right here in Utah. But Utahns aren’t particularly unique in their love of the show. The original off-Broadway debut was extraordinarily received, and the popularity only burgeoned when later in 2015, the show made its first appearance on Broadway. It went on to garner nominations for an astonishing 16 Tony nominations with 11 wins and the honor of a 2016 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album and the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The production shows no signs of slowing down, so, in honor of its’ Utah debut, here are a few reasons why Utahns in particular might love “Hamilton.”

-- Kari Kenner

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