‘Hamilton’ debuts in London, bringing American Revolution to UK
George Washington is crossing the Delaware, and crossing the pond, as “Hamilton: An American Musical” invades the shores of his Revolutionary War adversary.
The smash hit from Lin Manuel Miranda will make its first international performance Wednesday night as it begins previews on London’s West End.
“Hamilton” rocketed to success, sales and Tony Award statues when it debuted on Broadway in 2015 and told the immigrant story of “ten-dollar Founding Father without a father” Alexander Hamilton.
The show has already launched a tour in Chicago following its New York debut, but the jump to London raised questions about whether the show’s star-spangled sensibilities would translate overseas with a British cast.
Miranda, a native New Yorker, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour that “their American accents are better than ours, which is infuriating” given his attempts to develop an English one in other performances.
In response to questions about teaching Brits a history lesson on the man who shoved off the colonial yolk, he added that “Hamilton” is a “proto-immigrant story” that is part of “the best American story.”
Audience reaction to the show will change though, with the creator telling the London Evening Standard that the cartoonish character of King George III had a much different reception during a dress rehearsal than it did in Midtown Manhattan.
The Richard Rodgers Theatre on 46th Street hosted the Broadway premiere of the show in 2015.
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It is unclear if the London version of “Hamilton,” led by title character Jamael Westman, will rival the American version in terms of success.
Tickets sold out in January, and tickets for the opening night of previews and first weekend on European ticket reseller ViaGoGo have been listed for more than $2,000.
The reseller did not respond to requests about the highest price for “Hamilton” tickets or how it compares to previous demand.
Reports from July 2016 said the asking price for tickets in New York reached $20,000 each for what would be Miranda’s final performance as Hamilton.
He has recently announced that he will be reprising the role in Puerto Rico as he looks to support the island’s recovery.