Lin-Manuel Miranda’s smash-hit musical Hamilton is coming to Sydney’s Lyric Theatre in March 2021. The announcement by the NSW State Government puts an end to long speculation that Melbourne, with its greater variety of music theatre venues, was likely to secure the musical’s Australian premiere.
Lin-Manuel Miranda and the cast of Hamilton. Photo © Joan Marcus
Featuring music, lyrics and book by Miranda, the critical and commercial juggernaut explores the dazzling rise of Alexander Hamilton, first treasurer of the United States and one of the nation’s Founding Fathers. The sung-through, hip-hop musical is notable for casting actors of colour in the roles of the Founding Fathers and other historical figures, as well as its celebration of America’s immigrants.
Hamilton received a record-setting 16 Tony nominations in 2016, winning 11, including Best Musical, Best Book and Best Original Score. It also won the 2016 Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Album and the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
The New York Times’ Ben Brantley wrote of the musical’s Broadway premiere in 2015, “I am loath to tell people to mortgage their houses and lease their children to acquire tickets to a hit Broadway show. But Hamilton, directed by Thomas Kail and starring Mr. Miranda, might just about be worth it — at least to anyone who wants proof that the American musical is not only surviving but also evolving in ways that should allow it to thrive and transmogrify in years to come.”
Since opening in New York in 2015, Hamilton has been seen in Chicago, San Francisco, London’s West End and Puerto Rico. Before making its way to Australia, it will receive its German-language adaptation when it opens in Hamburg.
— Hamilton (@HamiltonMusical) May 22, 2019
The Australian production will be helmed by the musical’s original Broadway producer, Jeffrey Seller, along with local producer Michael Cassel, responsible for Melbourne’s run of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Local casting is set to begin in June.
Ticketing details are as yet unavailable, but a waitlist has been made available on the Australian production’s website.