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Colleges, high schools use "Hamilton" to enhance teaching

Last Updated Nov 24, 2017 at 3:40 pm EDT

In this photo taken Friday, Oct. 27, 2017 the Ron Chernow biography of Alexander Hamilton that inspired the musical, "Hamilton" appears on the table as students at Marquette University in Milwaukee discuss the songs of the show as part of "Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton," program for freshman honors students. It's one of the ways colleges are using the hugely popular musical to teach students about history, art, critical thinking, performance, culture, and even politics. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger)

CHICAGO – Tickets for the blockbuster musical “Hamilton” may be hard to come by in several cities, but not for freshman at Northwestern University.

The school in Evanston, Illinois, has given more 2,000 incoming students tickets to Chicago performances of “Hamilton: An American Musical.” It is just one of several schools using the Broadway hit in its curriculum.

Milwaukee’s Marquette University, Ithaca College, Duke University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison are using Hamilton to teach students in history or music classes. High school students in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chicago have also received free or reduced price tickets to the show.

Northwestern University’s approach is meant to give students a common discussion point when they arrive on campus.