Sydney has stolen one of the prized theatre productions away from Melbourne following the announcement that Hamilton will make its Australian premiere at the Sydney Lyric Theatre in a new production beginning March 2021.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian together with Producers Jeffrey Seller, Michael Cassel and creator Lin-Manuel Miranda released details of the highly anticipated production yesterday calling for fans to sign up for updates and potential cast and crew to get ready for castings.
“This is a highly successful, highly sought after musical,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“Many cities we know in Australia put up their hands but the producers could not resist the wonderful backdrop that Sydney offers.”
Hamilton is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the evolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary.
Hamilton’s score blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway – the story of America then, as told by America now.
The show premiered on Broadway in August 2015 and took home 11 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album.
It is also currently playing in San Francisco, Chicago, on tour in the US and in London’s West End, where it opened in December 2017 winning seven Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical and Outstanding Achievement in Music.
Speaking at the announcement Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda said there had been a lot of people wanting the production to come down-under.
“Thank you to everyone in Australia who’s been asking for Hamilton. It’s on its way and we can’t wait,” Mr Miranda said.
Hamilton Producer Jeffrey Seller said every producer of a successful Broadway musical dreams of bringing their show to Australia.
“I can’t wait to bring this show to Sydney which, like New York City, was built on the shoulders of immigrants,” Mr Seller said.
Australian Producer Michael Cassel said the moment I saw Lin-Manuel’s remarkable Hamilton he wanted to share it with Australian audiences.
“This is musical theatre at its most innovative, original and transformative best,” Mr Cassel said.
Details regarding casting will be released next month at michaelcassel.com/casting and the show is expected to open in Sydney during March 2021.