HAMILTON’s original Tony, Grammy, Olivier and Pulitzer Prize winning creative team has confirmed the full company for the new Australian production playing at the Sydney Lyric Theatre from 17 March 2021.
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, Olivia Carniato, Luca Dinardo, Jeffery Duffy, 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 and Zachary Webster completing the Australian company of 35 performers.
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.
“I am incredibly excited by the cast we have assembled for the premiere of HAMILTON in Australia,” said Writer and Composer Lin-Manuel Miranda. “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.”
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.
HAMILTON’s Choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler said: “As a choreographer, there’s nothing more thrilling than to see the team’s vision come to life on stage, and with HAMILTON companies around the world, that vision has just been dazzling, time and time again.”
“But I think we’re going to be pushing things to new heights with the exciting company that’s been assembled in Australia. Their talent and passion are all simply top notch, and I simply cannot wait for the world to see them!”
HAMILTON’s Orchestrations/Co-Arranger Alex Lacamoire said: “The score for HAMILTON makes large musical demands of its actors as it requires a specialised kind of dexterity to execute the complex songs. I was delighted to find so many skilled performers in Australia and I’m excited about the local talent that we’ve assembled, because I feel they will interpret our show’s music with immense power and passion.”
HAMILTON’s Director Thomas Kail added “I have been deeply impressed by the exceptionally talented and diverse candidates from all over Australia and New Zealand. The level of talent that will play in Sydney is first-rate – rivalling both Broadway and the West End. I cannot wait for audiences to watch this dynamic cast dazzle eight times a week.”
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.
HAMILTON premiered on Broadway in August 2015 to wide critical and audience acclaim. The show has won Tony, Grammy, and Olivier Awards, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and an unprecedented special citation from the Kennedy Center Honors. A filmed version of the original Broadway cast was released on Disney+ on 3 July 2020.
The Australian production of HAMILTON at the Sydney Lyric Theatre is currently on sale. Due to unprecedented demand, additional performances will go on sale at 10.00am – Friday 13 November, with the production now booking through to 5 September 2021. Tickets only available at Ticketmaster. For more information, visit: www.hamiltonmusical.com.au for details. Checkout the Cast reveal here!
Image: (top l-r) Jason Arrow, Chloé Zuel, Lyndon Watts, Akina Edmonds and Matu Ngaropo; (bottow l-r) Victory Ndukwe, Shaka Cook, Marty Alix, Elandrah Eramiha and Brent Hill (supplied)