Cast announced for Victorian premiere of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 21 Chump St

Lin-Manuel Miranda is musical theatre’s hottest commodity these days, and Australian audiences will have the chance to see some of his work live this June.

Pursued by Bear today announced the cast for their upcoming Victorian premiere of Miranda’s 15 minute musical 21 Chump Street.

21 Chump Street - Pursued by Bear
21 Chump Street – Pursued by Bear
A cautionary tale of high-school love, the musical is based on the real-life story of Operation D Minus originally reported on NPR show This American Life. Much of the book of the musical is quoted verbatim from taped interviews and infused with Lin-Manuel Miranda’s (Hamilton, In The Heights) unique wit and distinct music-styling.  21 Chump Street explores the moral ambiguity between a strict war on drugs and the unexpected realities of its enforcement.

Facing peer-pressure, undercover police officers, and prom, Justin LaBoy learns all too quickly how one mistake in the name of love can plunge a life into ruin. Torn between two conflicting stories, 21 Chump Street begs the question of just who and what we can believe.

21 Chump Street Cast

Jake FehilyJake Fehily
Justin Laboy
Olivia CharalambousOlivia Charalambous
Lauren EdwardsLauren Edwards
Stephanie WoodStephanie Wood
Kai Mann-RobertsonKai Mann-Robertson
Nicola BowmanNicola Bowman

Check out the opening number performed by the original cast (including Lin-Manuel himself).

Directed by Byron Bache, 21 Chump Street will be staged as a unique double bill, alongside Adam Gwon’s heartfelt and insightful look at life in modern-day New York, Ordinary Days.

The double bill, Chump Days, will play at Chapel off Chapel from June 8 – 18 with a special $50 early bird ticket offer available until Friday May 5 from


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Cast announced for Victorian premiere of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 21 Chump St