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Hamilton,” Lin-Manuel Mirada’s smash hip-hop tuner about America’s founding fathers, will anchor the Pantages’ 2016-17 season, running there Aug. 11-Dec. 30, 2017. Other musicals making their Los Angeles premieres that season are “Finding Neverland,” “An American in Paris” and “The Bodyguard.”

Inspired by Ron Chernow’s biography of Alexander Hamilton, founder of the Federal Reserve, “Hamilton” has been playing to full houses since opening Off Broadway at the Public Theater in February 2015. Moving to Broadway made the show only more popular, with President Barack Obama among its many repeat visitors.

“Hedwig and the Angry Inch” kicks off the Nederlander theater’s 2016-17 season with a four-week stint starting Nov. 1. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The King and I” follows Dec. 13-Jan. 21.

“Finding Neverland” will play for three weeks, Feb. 21-March 12, 2017. Based on the Miramax film, the musical is directed by Diane Paulus and produced by Weinstein Live Entertainment, the Madison Square Garden Company, Len Blavatnik, Ron Burkle, Radenko Milakovic and Bryan Cranston.

Running March 22-April 9, 2017, “An American in Paris” tells the story of an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and the City of Light following World War II. The 1951 film, with music by George and Ira Gershwin, plays out on stage with a book by Craig Lucas and direction and Tony-winning choreography by Christopher Wheeldon (who also directs).

“The Bodyguard,” based on the 1992 film, stars Deborah Cox playing the role made famous on screen by Whitney Houston. Touring the U.K. and Ireland after a hit staging in the West End, “The Bodyguard” will run in L.A. May 2-21, 2017.

Back for an encore run is the popular “The Book of Mormon,” which will play May 30-July 9, 2017. A sellout production of the musical ran in Los Angeles in 2014.

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