Hamilton audience discover ‘hip hop’ for the first time

Richard Rodgers Theatre

Lin-Manuel Miranda	Alexander Hamilton
Javier Muñoz	Alexander Hamilton
Carleigh Bettiol	
Andrew Chappelle	
Ariana DeBose	
Alysha Deslorieux	
Daveed Diggs	Marquis De Lafayette
Thomas Jefferson
Renee Elise Goldsberry	Angelica Schuyler
Jonathan Groff	King George III
Sydney James Harcourt	
Neil Haskell	
Sasha Hutchings	
Christopher Jackson	George Washington
Thayne Jasperson	
Jasmine Cephas Jones	Peggy Schuyler
Maria Reynolds
Stephanie Klemons	
Emmy Raver-Lampman	
Morgan Marcell	
Leslie Odom, Jr.	Aaron Burr
Okieriete Onaodowan	Hercules Mulligan
James Madison
Anthony Ramos	John Laurens
Phillip Hamilton
Jon Rua	
Austin Smith	
Phillipa Soo	Eliza Hamilton
Seth Stewart	
Betsy Struxness	
Ephraim Sykes	
Voltaire Wade-Green	
Standby: Javier Muñoz (Alexander Hamilton)

Production Credits:
Thomas Kail (Director)
Andy Blankenbuehler (Choreographer)
David Korins (Scenic Design)
Paul Tazewell (Costume Design)
Howell Binkley (Lighting Design)

Other Credits:
Lyrics by: Lin-Manuel Miranda
Music by: Lin-Manuel Miranda
Book by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Fans of musical theatre have completely lost their ‘shit’ after being exposed to sounds from the 20th century and the notion of ethnic diversity. Many audience members are reported to have been astonished by the concept of rhythm or that a musical does not have to involve cats; said one: ‘It’s was like Dr Seuss but with drums!’

Cleaning up at the Olivier Awards, ‘Hamilton’ won the award for the ‘Best Musical thankfully not involving Andrew Lloyd Webber’, ‘Best revival of a sound from the 1980s’ and ‘Best civics lecture on an obscure piece of American History you really didn’t care about’.

The show itself is based on the last successful US military campaign – back in the 1700s. Explained one of the backstage team: ‘Musical theatre audiences wanted something edgy, something contemporary – so naturally we went for the 18th century. Anything later, would have been seen as too much, too avant garde; a bit like John Barnes on ‘World in Motion’.

So the question is, is musical theatre is now ready for a fusion of ‘Les Mis’ and N.W.A.? Probably not. Yet one producer is confident that Rap can work in the West End: ‘I’m hoping to push a few musical boundaries, by getting ‘PJ and Duncan’ to reprise Terry Wogan’s ‘Floral Dance’.

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