Hamilton on our side: blockbuster musical announces Australian premiere

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop musical will open its Australian season at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre in March 2021

After years of anticipation, blockbuster Broadway musical Hamilton has finally announced it will premiere in Australia in March 2021, at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre.

First hinted at back in 2016, the New South Wales premier, Gladys Berejiklian, made the full announcement on Wednesday.

“It’s on its way and we can’t wait,” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda said in a statement. “Thank you to everyone in Australia who’s been asking for Hamilton.”

“I can’t wait to bring this show to Sydney which, like New York City, was built on the shoulders of immigrants,” said producer Jeffrey Seller.

We’re bringing the revolution down under! Sydney, Australia - 2021. #HamiltonOZ https://t.co/2ml9DUJTy9 pic.twitter.com/o8BMUQ5Qpj

— Hamilton (@HamiltonMusical) May 22, 2019

Aussies be young, scrappy and hungry for dem #HamiltonAustralia tix

— Patrick Baggoley (@PBaggoley) May 22, 2019

Hamilton is a sung-and-rapped-through musical which tells the story of Alexander Hamilton, an aide to George Washington and one of the founding fathers of the United States. The “hip-hop musical” has been critically acclaimed for its conscious casting of people of colour in the roles of white historical figures – and since its 2015 premiere on Broadway, Hamilton has won 11 Tony awards, a Grammy and a Pulitzer prize for drama.

Praise for the show has been near universal, from the cultural diversity of its cast to the infectious official soundtrack and high-energy book. Since opening in London’s West End in 2017 with a new cast, it has won seven Olivier awards. It recently opened in Puerto Rico to standing ovations and is currently on tour in the US.

After the Australian premiere was announced by the Michael Cassel Group, the NSW shadow arts minister, Walter Secord, issued a statement questioning how much taxpayer money was spent by the state on securing rights to the show.

“At a time when arts minister Don Harwin is under pressure for taking millions of dollars in funding away from small struggling arts groups and forcing them to cancel programs and regional tours, the community has a right to know how many millions will go into the pockets of the American producers,” he said. “Insiders have advised that the rights for Hamilton would be in the millions.”

On Broadway, Hamilton was played by Miranda himself, turning the musical’s creator into one of the US’s most sought-after stage and screen talents. Casting for the Australian tour will begin in August.

The ticket on-sale date has also not yet been announced, but with fans of the show known to queue for days, they won’t take long to sell out.

New goal: grow my YouTube channel to the point where I get invited as media to @michaelcassel’s Hamilton Australia opening night

— Chad Barnier (@chadbarnier) May 22, 2019


Stephanie Convery

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