Australia’s theatre capital takes its turn to host the Room Where It Happens, as Hamilton arrives in sensational form, setting off a theatrical powder keg at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne.
With the benefit of a year of performances, albeit a somewhat interrupted year, an immediately noticeable aspect of the Melbourne season is the tremendous growth seen in the dazzlingly dynamic performances of the young cast members since the Sydney premiere. Stage presence, depth of character and palpable chemistry abound, enriching and enlivening the iconic work to its sizzling best.
Opening on Broadway in 2015, Hamilton’s world domination rapidly accelerated in 2016, when it won 11 Tony Awards, including, of course, Best Musical, and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. In the intervening years, the singular vision of deservedly adulated composer Lin-Manuel Miranda is yet to be matched, with Hamilton still the hottest ticket on the planet.
Written for a US market, where theatregoers really know their country’s history, Hamilton works perfectly well as a stage spectacle but local audiences are advised to do a little pre-show reading so as to better appreciate the characters and context. Adding a degree of complexity is the fact that four of the lead players s