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Fans line up early in Appleton for 'Hamilton,' hottest ticket in town

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FOX 11's Justin Steinbrinck is checking in with fans first in line to buy "Hamilton" tickets at the Fox Valley P.A.C in Appleton, Aug. 14, 2019. (WLUK image)

APPLETON (WLUK) -- A hit Broadway musical is making its way to Northeast Wisconsin, and fans spent Wednesday morning waiting to score their chance to see "Hamilton."


They arrived early in the morning -- or, in some cases, late at night.

Hundreds of Broadway enthusiasts snaked through the queueing at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton for their chances at scoring tickets to the hit musical.

PAC president Maria Van Laanen said seeing this fan dedication locally is why the staff works so hard to bring in these big shows.

"It's exciting to see how a community recognizes what a special opportunity this is," she said.

"It's a wonderful opportunity for those who it's not convenient to go to bigger cities," said Sharon Bowen of Neenah.

Some cared about the convenience, while others were pursuing their passion.

"I want to pursue a career in theater, so seeing this big of a show at this stage is amazing," said Ethan Jacoby-Henrickson of Kimberly.

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No matter why they came, Van Laanen said it shows the vibrancy of the arts in Appleton and Northeast Wisconsin.

"We couldn't do it without the community support, and when the community turns out like this, for events like this, it just really shows how much we all work together to make this community such a great place to live," she said.

"Hamilton" will be the 39th Wisconsin premiere happening at the Fox Cities PAC.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the Fox Cities PAC says there are still tickets available. If you would like tickets but are not able to stop by the PAC ticket office, you can go online for remaining tickets.

When FOX 11 tried calling to check on the availability of tickets, the phone line directs customers to buy them online or via Ticketmaster.

Calls will not be taken until Friday Aug. 16.

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