The wait is almost over.
Hamilton is coming to Australia, with performances of the hit musical to begin in Sydney at the Lyric Theatre from March 2021.
Four years since it opened at Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York, after an initial Off-Broadway run, the show remains a cultural phenomenon.
Performances still sell out regularly and break box office records, and the show has so far won 11 Tony Awards, 7 Oliviers and 1 Grammy. It’s currently touring the rest of the US, as well as playing in Chicago and London.
The show is a retelling of the life of Alexander Hamilton, an American founding father. Hamilton, originally from the West Indies, served as George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and later became the nation’s first Treasury Secretary, founding America’s financial system.
Created by Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning actor, composer and playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda, it’s based on Ron Chernow’s bestselling biography. The musical was universally lauded by critics upon its Broadway premiere in 2015, receiving acclaim for modernising a 200-year-old sliver of American history.
The music, composed by Miranda, also received positive reviews. The score incorporates elements of hip-hop, rap, R&B and jazz and the entire show is sung and rapped (there’s very little straight dialogue, just like Les Misérables). The original Broadway cast’s recording won a Grammy award and reached No. 1 on the Billboard rap albums chart.
Tickets aren’t on sale yet but you can be among the first to secure them by joining the mailing list at hamiltonmusical.com.au.
Image credit: Joan Marcus 2018