The Australian production of HAMILTON officially starts tonight at 7.00pm (AEDT) with a gala red-carpet premiere at the Sydney Lyric Theatre. Business leaders, celebrities, politicians and fans from around the nation will gather to celebrate the beginning of this landmark production.
HAMILTON’s original US producer Jeffrey Seller – in Sydney for the premiere – said today:
I am lucky to be in Sydney to witness this beautiful production come alive – the only one currently playing in the world right now. This Australian cast really moves me – This production has so much life and soul. And there is something truly special about being able to experience this live, together, in the theatre.
Australian Producer Michael Cassel added:
From the very first preview performance, audiences have wholeheartedly embraced the show. Huge, heartfelt thanks to everyone involved in bringing to life Lin-Manuel Miranda’s vision, especially through these extraordinary times. Tonight is the culmination of five years determination and I’m incredibly grateful to everyone who has helped make this a reality; especially the creative and production team and our phenomenal cast, crew and musicians who have created this very special theatrical event for Australia. Of course, my huge thanks to the NSW Premier, NSW Government and Destination NSW for their incredible support.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said:
It’s so exciting to have the award-winning Hamilton opening in Sydney after years of preparation and anticipation. Sydney is the perfect backdrop for this trailblazing production to return to the stage and the NSW Government is proud to support tourism, major events and creative industries that are so integral to the economic and social fabric of the state.
NSW Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney Stuart Ayres said:
“The Sydney Lyric Theatre is set and there’s no argument that Sydney is the greatest city in the world right now as the only place you can enjoy the critically-acclaimed production Hamilton live on stage. This is the result of fantastic collaboration between industry and the NSW Government to deliver a world-class show for tens of thousands of NSW residents and visitors, to the benefit of the NSW visitor economy.”
The Australian company is led by Jason Arrow as Alexander Hamilton, Chloé Zuel as Eliza Hamilton, Lyndon Watts as Aaron Burr, Akina Edmonds as Angelica Schuyler, Matu Ngaropo as George Washington, Victory Ndukwe as Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson, Shaka Cook as Hercules Mulligan/James Madison, Marty Alix as John Laurens/Philip Hamilton, Elandrah Eramiha as Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds and Brent Hill as King George III.
They are joined by Kirrah Amosa, Daniel Assetta, Kyla Bartholomeusz, Isaac Bradley, Christopher Campbell, Olivia Carniato, Luca Dinardo, Keanu Gonzalez, Winston Hillyer, Jimmie “J.J.” Jeter, Julian Kuo, Iosefa Laga’aia, Stefan Lagoulis, Ashton Lash, Loredo Malcolm, Jayme Jo Massoud, James Maxfield, Callan Purcell, Zelia Rose, Tainga Savage, Jas Smith-Sua, Tigist Strode, Kim Taylor, Romina Villafranca, Robert Waltersand Zachary Webster completing the Australian company of 36 performers.
HAMILTON premiered on Broadway in August 2015 to wide critical and audience acclaim. The show has won Tony®, Grammy®, and Olivier Awards and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway, HAMILTON has taken the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a revolutionary moment in theatre – a musical that has had a profound impact on culture, politics and education.
With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, HAMILTON is based on Ron Chernow’s acclaimed biography.
The HAMILTON creative team previously collaborated on the 2008 Tony Award-winning Best Musical In the Heights. Scenic design is by David Korins, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by Nevin Steinberg, hair and wig design by Charles G. LaPointe.
A filmed version of the original Broadway cast was released on Disney+ on 3 July 2020.
The Australian production of HAMILTON is produced by Jeffrey Seller, Sander Jacobs, Jill Furman, The Public Theater and Michael Cassel.
The Australian premiere of HAMILTON is supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW.
From March 29, new tickets will be available for performances through to 14th November 2021. Only via www.ticketmaster.com.au