One of the highly anticipated musicals coming to Australia in the past five years has announced a diverse collection representing backgrounds from all over the world
Hamilton will premiere at Lyric Theater, Sydney, next March with a 35-person team of three Aboriginal artists or Torres Strait Islander backgrounds
Shaka Cook, who will play Hercules Mulligan, Pilbara Tainga Savage, Torres Strait Islander, is in the group, along with Calan Purcell, a Wirajury man
Other backgrounds represented in the cast include Samoa, Maori, Filipino, Jamaican, South African, Nigerian, Egyptian, Japanese and Italian.
Cast diversity is a bright spotlight in the production, according to director Thomas Kail
“I have been very impressed by the exceptionally talented and diverse candidates from all over Australia and New Zealand,” he said
« The talent level to be playing in Sydney is top notch – competing with both Broadway and the West End »
Hamilton premiered on Broadway in New York City in August 2015 to wide critical acclaim
The show won Tony, Grammy and Oliver Awards, plus a Pulitzer Prize for Drama
The musical tells the story of the formation of the United States, as well as the life of Alexander Hamilton, one of the country’s founding fathers
Jason Arrow, who was in Australia for the production of the Disney movie Aladdin, will play the main role
Hamilton writer and composer, Lynn Manuel Miranda, was heavily involved in casting the Australian production
“While theaters around the world have been forced to shut down temporarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we took this time to put together a really cool troupe to tell this story,” he said
Another notable cast of the cast is Lyndon Watts, who will play another star of Aaron Burr.
Watts was a substitute in Aladdin and played Bernardo in West Side Story
Chloe Zewail, who played the national anthem before this year’s Grand Final, will play Alexander’s wife, Eliza.
One of the features of the production is an « doubling » of the roles of the actors, where they play two roles in different parts of the story, Elandra Irmi plays Peggy Schuyler and Maria Reynolds, while Victor Ndukoy plays the role of Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson, and Shaka Cook plays Hercules Mulligan and James Madison , And Marty Alex playing John Lorenz and Philip Hamilton
“I think we’re going to push things to new heights with the exciting company assembled in Australia,” he said
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