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.
If you’d heard the hype, you shouldn’t need much convincing to make an effort to see the production.
But in case you’re still unsure, here are five reasons to get your hands on a ticket.
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 show is billed as “the story of America then, told by America now”, in reference to its multicultural cast.
The Australian cast includes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island performers as well as actors with Maori, Samoan, Filipino, South African, Jamaican, Nigerian, Egyptian and Japanese heritage.
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 production, 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 almost two years 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 – the audience will be at 75 per cent capacity, masks are mandatory for ages 12 and up and it’s a requirement that all patrons over the age of 16 have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccination prior to entry.
So don’t be afraid to attend the show – celebrate the fact that we are lucky enough 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.