The Michael Cassel Group has announced the cast for the Australian production of Hamilton. Melbourne dancer Jason Arrow will play the lead role of Alexander Hamilton. It will be his first lead role. Arrow graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in 2016 and has had supporting roles in Aladdin and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.
Other major roles have been won by Chloé Zuel, who plays Eliza Hamilton; Lyndon Watts, who plays Aaron Burr; Akina Edmonds, who plays Angelica Schuyler; Matu Ngaropo, who plays George Washington; Victory Ndukwe, who plays Lafayette & Thomas Jefferson; Brent Hill, who plays King George III; Shaka Cook, who plays Hercules Mulligan & James Madison; Marty Alix, who plays John Laurens & Philip Hamilton; and Elandrah Eramiha, who plays Peggy Schuyler & Maria Reynolds.
The remaining roles will be played by Kirrah Amosa, Daniel Assetta, Kyla Bartholomeusz, Isaac Bradley, Olivia Carniato, Luca Dinardo, Jeffery Duffy, Keanu Gonzalez, Winston Hillyer, Jimmie “J.J.” Jeter, Julian Kuo, Iosefa Laga’aia, Stefan Lagoulis, Ashton Lash, Loredo Malcolm, Jayme Jo Massoud, James Maxfield, Callan Purcell, Zelia Rose, Tainga Savage, Jas Smith-Sua, Tigist Strode, Kim Taylor, Romina Villafranca and Zachary Webster.
Meet the cast:
Of the 35 cast members, 33 were cast in Australia and two appeared in the US version of Hamilton. Three have Indigenous Australian or Torres Strait Islander backgrounds: Shaka Cook comes from the Pilbara; Tainga Savage, a Torres Strait Islander, is in the ensemble; Callan Purcell, a Wiradjuri man, is a stand-by. Other backgrounds represented in the cast include Samoan, Maori, Filipino, Jamaican, South African, Nigerian, Egyptian, Japanese and Italian.
The book, music and lyrics are by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Direction is by Thomas Kail with resident director Amy Campbell. Choreography is by Andy Blankenbuehler; musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire.
Scenic design is by David Korins, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by Nevin Steinberg, hair and wig design by Charles G. LaPointe.
The show premiered on Broadway in August 2015 and has won Tony, Grammy, and Olivier Awards, as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It will premiere in Sydney’s Lyric Theatre on Wednesday, March 17, next year and is expected to play until September.
Tickets for the performances are currently on sale here.