Hamilton, the new hip hop musical which has taken Broadway by storm is set for a potential London transfer.
Sir Cameron Mackintosh recently revealed he has plans to bring the rap and hip-hop show to London and that it could open in 2017.
Hamilton creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda said: “We’re hoping it will happen sooner rather than later. My wife is always trying to get me to other countries so I would be honoured to open the show in London.” Miranda also wrote and starred in the Tony Award-winning Best Musical In The Heights, which enjoyed a sell-out run last year at the Southwark Playhouse, and is returning to London this October at the King’s Cross Theatre.
Hamilton uses the vernacular of hip-hop (not to mention R&B and Broadway) to turn the life of the “ten-dollar Founding Father” Alexander Hamilton into the story of the immigrant experience and the birth of a new nation.
Featuring a multi-cultural cast who play characters including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and King George III, Hamilton caused a sensation when it opened off-Broadway, and took an astounding £25 million in advance sales when it transferred to Broadway’s Richard Rodgers theatre.
Directed by Thomas Kail and inspired by Ron Chernow’s biography of Hamilton,the cast include Lin-Manuel Miranda, Renée Elise Goldsberry whom UK audiences may have seen from the Good Wife and Jonathan Groff who was recently in a London concert production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really trying.
Reviews for the Broadway production include New York Times critic Ben Brantley writing “Historic. HAMILTON is brewing up a revolution. This is a show that aims impossibly high and hits its target. It’s probably not possible to top the adrenaline rush.” and The Wall Street Journal calling it “the best and most important Broadway musical of the past decade.” Whether UK audiences are that interested in a Founding Father of America is yet to be seen.
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