Sydney Gets To Host “The Room Where It Happens” As Hamilton Heads Down Under

Credit: Hamilton website

Hamilton is finally coming down under!

It was the news that Australian fans of the award-winning musical have been long-waiting for. Hamilton is coming to Australia. And we have a city, a theatre and a rough release date. It’s just still a bit of a way off.

News broke yesterday that one of the hottest shows in the world would be coming to Sydney’s Lyric Theatre in February 2021. The harbour city beat out fierce competition from rival state capitals Brisbane and Melbourne to host the musical’s Australian premiere.

Australian fans were even treated to a special message from the show’s writer and Alexander Hamilton originator, Lin-Manuel Miranda.

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 Revolutionary 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 original production was nominated for a record number of Tony Awards, winning 11, including best musical, best book, best score, best actor, best actress, best direction and best choreography. The musical opened in London’s West End in December 2017, where it won seven Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical and Outstanding Achievement in Music. Miranda was also honoured with the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 2016.

In each city the show opens in, there has been a rush for tickets, with many sleeping on New York City streets for days queuing up to get returns or day tickets to see the original cast. The fervor of Australia fans is likely to be just as strong. The Hamilton Australia site which was opened this morning for fans to join a mailing list for more information, crashed not long after the announcement.

The Australian production will be produced by Hamilton‘s original Broadway producer Jeffrey Sellers, along with local producer Michael Cassel, who is behind the Australian production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child now playing in Melbourne.

Known for its diverse casting, Sellers has confirmed that this will continue for the Australian production. “Lin wrote the role of George Washington for a friend who is a man of colour and a hip-hop artist, he was going to play Hamilton and he is Latino American. If you are writing a show that employs hip-hop as such a strong element, it is organic that the performers are diverse,” he said.

“Hip-hop is a pure experience of the African American community, “ he continued. “It made perfect sense to have the people playing these roles, singing R&B, singing hip-hop, to be from those communities because we were choosing people to serve the music and the lyrics.”

Sellers said that he would love to see Indigenous Australians performing in the lead roles in Sydney, something that I also would love. “Can you imagine? Wouldn’t that be incredible. Let’s see if we can find someone,” he said.

No further information about when tickets will go on sale was released, but to be kept up-to-date with details about the production, you can join the mailing list at hamiltonmusical.com.au. Assuming it hasn’t crashed again.

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Clare Sidoti is 4 Your Excitement's Editor-at-Large. Clare has a BA (Theatre and Film Studies) from the University of New South Wales, Australia and an MA Theory and Practice of Human Rights from the University of Essex, UK. She currently works for an NGO that runs human rights training in the Asia Pacific region. You can find her on twitter with her eclectic musings on the arts, entertainment and human rights. Some of her favourite topics to cover include Darren Criss, Chris Colfer, Glee and Star Wars.
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