Hamilton to hold open auditions In London

Photo credit: Joan Marcus.

Picture: Joan Marcus

Singers who rap and hip-hop dancers are being invited to open auditions for the much-anticipated London debut of the multi award-winning Broadway hit Hamilton.

The auditions in London next month will search for artists available for rehearsals starting in August next year, ahead of the show’s debut in the capital in October 2017.

Earmarked by Cameron Mackintosh as the production to launch his multi million-pound refurbishment of the Victoria Palace Theatre, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop flavoured show recently collected 11 Tony awards.

While there are no details of any roles that have already been cast, the producers have confirmed they will not be seeing people for the role of King George II, the British monarch at the time of the American revolution.

According to The Stage, singers who can rap and dancers who are skilled in hip hop in their 20s and 30s and of any ethnicity are invited to next month’s auditions. Auditionees must hold a UK/EU passport and a full working visa for the duration of the one-year contract.

Heavily tipped from its Broadway opening night as a leading awards winner, Hamilton banked the Pulitzer Prize For Drama and the 2016 Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Albumm before adding a stunning 11 Tony awards including the award for Best Musical to its trophy cabinet.

Currently playing to sell-out crowds on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, Miranda’s tale of one of America’s founding fathers debuted Off-Broadway in February 2015 where it secured the piece’s first gong, the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical.

Commenting on his show’s upcoming London debut Miranda said: “The support Hamilton has received from our British fans has been incredible – I have been reminded of their love, which is just as our King George would want it to be! I’m thrilled the show will be shared with UK audiences starting in the fall of 2017 at the beautiful Victoria Palace Theatre.”

Miranda, who won rave reviews for his performance in the title role, left the show in early July. There have been unconfirmed reports that the writer, whose first show In The Heights was also a multi award-winner, will re-create the role in London. However, he is in demand in the US where he 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.

The Broadway production of the show which has book, music and lyrics by Miranda, is directed by Thomas Kail, with choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and musical direction and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, and is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Alexander Hamilton.

Hamilton is produced by Jeffrey Seller, Sander Jacobs, Jill Furman, The Public Theater and Cameron Mackintosh. Tickets for the West End production are due to go on sale next month.

Angela Thomas

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