Meet the Australian cast of ‘Hamilton’
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton has revolutionised Broadway, taken the West End by storm, and now it’s finally arriving on Australian shores. The Tony-winning musical opened in Australia at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre in March 2021. Hamilton will then transfer to Melbourne’s Her Majesty’s Theatre, with performances from 15 Mar. 2022.
Dramatising the life of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton and the founding of the United States, Hamilton blends history and hip-hop together in spectacular style, reinventing what musical theatre can be.
Hamilton has won over 50 awards worldwide, and The New York Times raved that Hamilton has “transformed theatre and the way we think about history.”
But don’t think you’re just in for a boring history lesson. The show remixes American history using a fresh sung-through style, fusing hip-hop, pop, rap, musical theatre, and more.
And don’t forget about the incredible cast! The Australian premiere of Hamilton features a diverse cast of Australasian actors playing some of theatre’s (and history’s) most iconic roles.
For a quick intro to the whole cast, watch this cool Hamilton video, and keep reading to meet the Australian actors playing Hamilton, Eliza, Burr and more!
Hamilton stars in Australia
Jason Arrow as Alexander Hamilton
Born in South Africa, Arrow moved to Australia and grew up in Perth. Hamilton marks a breakout leading performance for Arrow, who has previously performed in the ensembles of Aladdin and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. While training professionally, Arrow got a taste of Lin-Manuel Miranda musicals, playing Randall in Bring It On! and now he’ll lead the Hamilton company as the title Founding Father.
Lyndon Watts as Aaron Burr
After graduating from drama school, Watts starred in numerous Australian musical tours, including Sweet Charity and Anything Goes. He performed outside of Australia too when he starred in an international tour of Singin’ in the Rain. More recently, he’s been in the Aladdin ensemble and played Bernando in an Opera Australia production of West Side Story.
Brent Hill as King George III
Recently, Hill won the Helpmann Award for Best Male Actor in a Musical for playing Dewey Finn in the Australian production of School of Rock. He’s also delivered award-winning performances as Seymour/Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors and Lonny in Rock of Ages.
From musicals (Once, The Producers) to plays (The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui) to even operetta (The Pirates of Penzance), it seems there’s nothing Hill can’t do.
Akina Edmonds as Angelica Schuyler
Born and raised in New Zealand, Edmonds is a regular in musicals across Australasia. Notably, she’s played Deloris van Cartier in Sister Act in the musical’s continental tour.
Over the last decade, she’s starred in Buddy Holly the Musical, The Lion King,Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, and as Joice Heth in an exclusive Melbourne season of Barnum. In 2019, Edmonds competed in The Voice Australia, singing tracks by Ariana Grande, Madonna, and Michael Jackson.
Chloé Zuel as Eliza Hamilton
Chloé Zuel has a thing for playing royalty, theatre royalty that is. She recently starred in the Australian premiere of SIX as Catherine of Aragon, and she’s also performed in West Side Story, Ragtime, Rent, and Les Misérables. Now, she’s ready to take on the role of a lifetime in Hamilton.
Elandrah Eramiha as Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds
Eramiha and Lin-Manuel Miranda musicals go hand in hand. In her theatre career, she’s given acclaimed performances as Danielle in Bring It On! and in the Australian premiere of In the Heights. She’s also played Felicia Farrell in Memphis and Marta in Kiss of the Spider Woman.
When she’s not starring in musicals, she’s one half of R&B duo 90/10, singing alongside Australian entertainer James Elmer.
Matu Ngaropo as George Washington
Even though he’s starred in musicals like The Lion King, Ngaropo’s most well-known for performing Shakespeare plays. He’s a regular at Melbourne’s Pop Up Globe, where he starred in Hamlet, Measure for Measure, Macbeth, and The Comedy of Errors. He’s also sung in Modern Māori Quartet, a New Zealand singing foursome that presents a fresh take on Māori music.
Victory Ndukwe as Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson
After making his musical debut in Ragtime in 2019, Ndukwe will now star in Hamilton. He’s recently appeared in Australian productions of Festen, Mr Burns, The Flick, and Lobby Hero, but we’re looking forward to hearing his rapping skills in the contemporary American musical.
Shaka Cook as Hercules Mulligan/James Madison
Cook will make his professional musical theatre debut in Hamilton, but he’s accrued a serious theatre CV. Notably, he played Wangarra in The Secret River, which transferred to London’s National Theatre in 2019. A regular in Queensland and Sydney shows, he’s also appeared in Storm Boy, Jasper Jones, and The Wind in the Willows.
Marty Alix as John Laurens/Philip Hamilton
Marty Alix graduated from in 2017, and he’s already a rising star in the Australian theatre world. He’s given an award-nominated performance as Sonny in In The Heights, and has also played Sir Robin in Spamalot and Angel in Rent.
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