Unless you’ve been living under a rock, we probably don’t need to tell you that Hamilton has been the hottest show on Broadway since it debuted in 2015.
Now, the show is closer to New Zealand than it has ever been thanks to the production opening at Sydney Lyric Theatre.
If you’d heard the hype, you shouldn’t need much convincing to make your way to Sydney to see the show.
But in case you’re still unsure, here are seven reasons to get your hands on a ticket.
You can make a trip out of it
The bubble is finally open and Sydney is calling!
After an intense bidding war between Sydney and Melbourne to secure the rights for Hamilton, the Harbour City is staging the production and that’s more than enough reason to head across the ditch.
While taking advantage of the trans-Tasman bubble comes with a ‘buyer beware’ warning, NSW has proven it’s the least likely state to slam its borders shut should any COVID cases pop up, making it a safer choice for the cautious traveller.
So get yourself to Sydney, enjoy the show and take in everything the beautiful city has to offer while you’re there.
There are Kiwi cast members
You’ll see some amazing Kiwi talent on display in the production, with two New Zealanders in the cast.
Matu Ngaropo shines as first US president George Washington, while Akina Edmonds is equally as impressive playing Alexander Hamilton’s sister-in-law, Angelica Schuyler.
It’s a celebration of diversity
The plot of Hamilton centres around the Founding Fathers, but the casting ensures that the production is a celebration of diversity.
The production is billed as “the story of America then, told by America now”, thanks to its multiracial cast.
The cast includes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island performers as well as actors with Maori, Samoan, Flilipino, South African, Jamaican, Nigerian, Egyptian and Japanese descent.
You’ll learn a thing or two about US history
Prior to Hamilton’s debut, Alexander Hamilton was one of the lesser known Founding Fathers.
Now, thanks to the success of the show, many people would know more about Hamilton than the other leaders.
It took the musical’s creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, seven years to write the show. While there is some dramatic licence taken, Miranda conducted extensive research to write the story and lyrics.
As you’ll learn, Hamilton’s story is fascinating, inspiring and tragic.
You’ll discover your new favourite soundtrack
The filmed version of Hamilton available on Disney+ has been widely watched, so you may already be familiar with the soundtrack.
However, if you haven’t seen the show yet, there’s a high chance you’ll have the musical’s songs on repeat long after you leave the theatre.
The tunes from Hamilton are unique in the way they fuse the genres of hip hop, R&B, jazz and Broadway.
You’ll get to enjoy live theatre
After more than a year going in and out of lockdown, it feels both strange and exciting to sit in a crowded theatre.
Sydney Lyric has a COVID safety plan in place and masks are mandatory for those aged 12 and up, so don’t be afraid to attend the show – celebrate the fact that we are lucky enough Down Under for live theatre to be back!
Hamilton has broken numerous records, including becoming the most-nominated production in Tony Awards history.
When you see the show, you’ll understand why.
Plus, the casting process took a year and was overseen by Lin-Manuel Miranda, so you can rest assured that the Australian performers are every bit as good as the Broadway cast.
The writer visited Sydney as a guest of Destination NSW.