Award winner Hamilton heading for the West End

Okieriete Onaodowan, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Daveed Diggs, Anthony Ramos, and the company of Hamilton, with book, music, and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, inspired by the book “Alexander Hamilton” by Ron Chernow, with choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, and directed by Thomas Kail, running at The Public Theater. Photo credit: Joan Marcus.

The award-winning musical Hamilton. Picture: Joan Marcus.

Cameron Mackintosh is reportedly moving forward with his plans to bring the Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway hit Hamilton to the West End next year.

The Daily Mail’s Baz Bamigboye has confirmed earlier rumours that Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop flavoured show about one of America’s founding fathers will make its UK debut in October 2017.

Working with one of the Broadway show’s producers, Jeffrey Seller, Mackintosh has reportedly earmarked Hamilton as the production to open his multi-million pound refurbishment of the Victoria Palace Theatre.

Heavily tipped from its opening night as a leading awards winner, Hamilton has already banked the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2016 Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Album. The show is expected to add to its trophy cabinet at tomorrow’s (Sunday) Tony Awards where it is nominated in 16 categories.

Currently playing to sell-out crowds on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre since August last year, Miranda’s latest work debuted Off-Broadway in February 2015 where it secured the piece’s first gong, the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical.

Miranda, who has also won rave reviews for his performance in the title role, will leave the show in early July. The writer, whose first show In The Heights was also a multi-award winner, is lined up to co-star on screen with Emily Blunt in Disney’s sequel to Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins Returns which is set for release on Christmas Day 2018.

According to Bamigboye, Miranda is in discussion to join the London production when his packed schedule allows.
The same report revealed that a website, hamiltonthemusical.co.uk, will go live at midday on Monday (13 June) offering fans the chance to register for priority booking. Tickets for the West End production are not due to go on sale until this autumn.

Angela Thomas

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Hamilton – The Public Theater, New York – Review

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