The world’s biggest musical sensation from the past decade, Hamilton, has finally arrived at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre, opening last week to impressive demand.
Last Wednesday’s inaugural performance of the theatrical success – written by Broadway mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda – was the first performance of the musical globally since March 12th, 2020.
Brought to Australia by local producer Michael Cassel (also behind Melbourne’s Harry Potter & The Cursed Child), the story of Alexander Hamilton follows America’s forgotten founding father who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the revolutionary war.
Hamilton was born as a concept album spearheaded by Miranda himself and evolved into a live sung-through hip-hop musical that debuted in New York City in early 2015. In the six years since it’s won 11 Tony Awards as well as a Pulitzer Prize.
Our sneak peek at this week’s industry viewing on Tuesday night means we can indeed confirm the hype. For the gents out there who perhaps don’t subscribe to the musical genre, fear not – Hamilton is the perfect balance of drama, history, comedy and charming hip-hop cool.
While international eyes and original showrunners watched the Aussie relaunch of the musical closely, the production has been mostly left to the local creatives and cast here in Australia.
The 35-person Australian ensemble includes First Nation performers as well as actors of Samoan, Māori, Jamaican, Filipino, South African, Egyptian, Nigerian, and Japanese descent.
Incredibly, Michael Cassel Group are currently ticketing the production at full venue capacity, albeit with mandatory mask-wearing for those above the age of 12, and tickets are currently on sale for the show all the way through to September.
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