By Kim Ball
The genesis of my “Hamilton” experience was when my friend Suzanne asked me to enter a lottery for a new play. We would stand in line, along with hundreds of other hopefuls. We were never lucky. I decided to go to the cast CD signing where I was encouraged by the cast to “keep trying” after I told them of my multiple losses. So I did try again and one night the last number drawn was mine! On my second win I invited my friend Elena of “Billy on the Street” fame. She was not only enamored with the play but also with Daveed Diggs. She told me that she wanted to marry him. Or just be his Jewish aunt.
I hadn’t asked my 95-year-old mother, who lives in Peter Cooper, to see the show because she notoriously hates musicals, but then she told me she wanted to see it. When I won the lottery (which, by the way, is for $10 seats in the front row), I took Suzanne because my mom wasn’t home. To my amazement, I won the following day so I was able to take my mom. She absolutely loved it.
The next day, while waiting on the lottery line, Lin-Manuel Miranda came up to me and gave me a kiss on the cheek and said he had seen me twice that week! Another day, I ran into Lin and gave him some gifts and a note extolling the brilliance of the play and the cast. He told me they always liked seeing me in the audience.