It’s the question the world has been asking since 2015: how DOES a bastard, orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman brought up in the Caribbean in poverty and squalor, grow up to be a hero and a scholar?
Well, in 2021 Australia will finally get the answer, with the announcement that the Broadway phenomenon Hamilton is coming down under. NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian and local producer Michael Cassel made the announcement, with Sydney’s Lyric Theatre to be the venue for the Australian debut of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s historical extravaganza.
It’s huge news for all the Aussies who fell in love with the Hamilton soundtrack, without being able to afford the airfare to see the show in the flesh. The musical, a reimagining of US founding father Alexander Hamilton’s life, hit Broadway four years ago with the force of the hurricane that struck Hamilton’s home town in his teenage years, becoming the most desperately-sought ticket in town and collecting a record number of Tony nominations – and eleven wins.
A major part of the show’s appeal was its departure from the norms of both historical drama and musical theatre, casting actors of colour in the roles of rich white people from 18th century America, and fusing hip-hop, R&B, pop and showtunes in a sonic landscape that was completely new to the average theatregoer.
The arrival of this world-conquering spectacular on our own shores is a big, big deal. Details of casting and ticket sales are yet to be revealed: join the mailing list here to stay up to date.