“Hamilton” has returned to where it all began with a new portrait exhibit.
“My Shot: Portraits from Hamilton,” now on display at The Public Theater, features portraits of the original cast from the 11-time Tony Award-winning musical as their characters, taken with an antique camera lens from the mid-1800s.
“Hamilton” premiered at the Public on Jan. 20, 2015 before moving to Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre that summer. With nearly all of the original cast members having left for new projects, this exhibit is a rare opportunity to see them together again — and unlike the show, which is still impossible to get tickets to, “My Shot” is free and open to the public.
The photos were taken by Upper West Side artist Josh Lehrer, who became famous in 2010 with his exhibit “Becoming Visible” that chronicled the lives of transgender teenagers, the fastest-growing group among NYC’s homeless population. “Whether it is the chaos of homelessness, celebrity, propulsive success or projected sentiment, capturing the individual, their unique survival strength and calm in the center of personal storms drives Josh’s portraiture,” the Public said in a statement announcing the exhibit.
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“My Shot” can be viewed on the Levin Mezzanine of the Public at 425 Lafayette St. through Dec. 18. And if you’re looking for a gift for a “Hamilton” superfan, some of the portraits are even for sale, with a portion of proceeds benefitting the Public Theater.