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Panthers TE Greg Olsen dishes on hit Broadway musical ‘Hamilton’

Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen (88) is a big fan of Broadway musicals.
Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen (88) is a big fan of Broadway musicals. AP

Greg Olsen is, admittedly, a huge fan of Broadway musicals.

“I’ve seen a lot of broadway shows,” he said after the Carolina Panthers’ organized team activities on Tuesday. “I like them, I’ve seen a bunch of them.”

It should come as no surprise then what the All-Pro tight end did on his weekend off. Olsen, along with his wife, went to see “Hamilton” in New York.

The musical, a hip-hop rendition about the birth of the United States, is one of the most celebrated in recent Broadway history. It’s earned 16 Tony nominations to date, including for Best Musical.

Scoring tickets? Well, it may be tougher than scoring touchdowns.

Prices on Ticketmaster for Tuesday’s show at Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York were going for anywhere from $598 up to $1,844.

When asked if he got the tickets because of someone he knew, Olsen snuffed out the idea immediately. He bought his where anyone else can: On Ticketmaster.

“You’re not getting tickets to that,” he said. “You’re buying them and you’re earning them.”

On Saturday, a picture on Twitter went viral that showed Olsen, Kalil and Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin with Hamilton creator Lin Manuel-Miranda after the show.

Olsen, who said he had seen clips of the show going in, came away impressed.

“Everything you heard about it, and you go in with unbelievably high expectations,” he said,” it was as good if not better. Worth every penny. It was one of the greatest experiences I’ve ever had.”

Brendan Marks: 704-358-5338, @brendanrmarks

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