Ladies and gentlemen… The moment you’ve been waiting for… The announcement of the Australian Hamilton cast.
While theatres remain closed or are starting to close up again in the northern hemisphere, things are cautiously opening up again in Australia with only a handful of new community transmission cases in the past two weeks. With Frozen the Musical set to open in Sydney next month with covid-safe measures in place, Australians are ever hopeful that the much anticipated Australian premiere of Hamilton may be on track to open in March 2021. This was further boosted today (November 9) with the announcement of the Australian cast and a new batch of tickets to be released on Friday.
Bringing together a swath of talent from across Australia, fans were introduced to the company via a video posted on the musical’s socials first thing this morning.
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Landing the eponymous title role after a rigorous audition process is South African-born, Perth-raised actor Jason Arrow. This will be Arrow’s debut in a lead role, having previously had supporting roles in Aladdin and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.
“I think I was speechless for about 10 minutes,” Arrow told the Sydney Morning Herald. “In many ways I am still completely speechless. I still can’t find the words to describe that kind of trajectory… It’s equal parts scary and equal parts excitement.”
It was announced in May last year that the worldwide sensation would be heading down under. It was not long after that that Lin-Manuel Miranda and others in the original US creative along with the Australian producer Michael Cassel began their search for the cast. One thing was certain though, the production’s commitment to diversity casting was a fundamental tenet. And not only have they succeeded, but the cast is predominantly local. Of 35 performers, 33 are from Australia, including three First Nations performers and actors whose backgrounds are African, Mauritian, Caribbean, Asian, Pacific Islander and Latino. Two of the performers are from the US production, with one cast in the ensemble and the other set to understudy the male principal roles.
“I am incredibly excited by the cast we have assembled for the premiere of Hamilton in Australia,” Miranda said. “While theatres around the world have been forced to temporarily shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have taken this time to bring together a truly incredible ensemble to tell this story. Led by Jason Arrow as Alexander Hamilton, this cast has such incredible talent, warmth and power. I know they will thrill and move audiences in Sydney when it’s safe to return.”
Apart from Arrow, our other leads are Lyndon Watts as Alexander Hamilton’s political rival Aaron Burr, Matu Ngaropo is George Washington, Victory Ndukwe takes on the dual roles of Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson, Shaka Cook is Hercules Mulligan and James Madison and Marty Alix plays Laurens and Hamilton’s son Phillip.
Hot off her recent run as Catherine of Aragon in Six: The Musical, Chloe Zuel will star as Hamilton’s wife, Eliza Schuyler, with Akina Edmonds and Elandra Eramiha playing her sisters Angelica and Peggy.
School of Rock star Brent Hill will take on King George III.
Rehearsals are set to begin in January with preview performances starting on March 17. Tickets are currently on sale for performances playing until the first week of September, with more tickets released on Friday.
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