Hit hip-hop broadway musical Hamilton is coming to London, and we could not be more excited. Opening its doors at the Victoria Palace Theatre in November is the rhythmic beats of the story of one of America’s founding fathers Alexander Hamilton. A man of great ambition, who became General George Washington’s assistant, convinced New Yorkers to agree to ratify the U.S. Constitution and served as the nation’s first Secretary of the Treasury.
The question on everyone’s mind is how will it be received by the Brits? The show is ingenious in taking the traditional form of musical theatre and updating it to engage the next generation through catchy tunes rather than using duets or ballads. How will the show live up to the show-stoppers which have come before it, such as West Side Story, which was revolutionary in using song to discuss topics that had not been discussed in this manner before, e.g. gang violence?
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s creation of Hamilton began as taking inspiration from the biography of Alexander Hamilton, and evolved into a workshop production of the show, then titled The Hamilton Mixtape . The costumes and set reflect the period of the American revolution, and the casting directors were pioneering in employing a cast of non-white actors to tell the story of the founding of America in a way that looks very different from conventional history textbooks.
Since the production opened in New York in 2015, it has sold out its whole run, winning the Pulitzer Prize for drama, and nominated for a record-breaking 16 Tony awards, eventually winning 11. It is clear that Hamilton and its soundtrack is set to encourage more young people to take charge of their ambitions and not throw away their shot.
Tickets for Hamilton open at 12 noon on the 30th January. Rise up and don’t miss your chance to see the story.