Lin-Manuel Miranda And ‘Hamilton: An American Musical’ Prepare To Take The West End By Storm
In a few short hours, the London cast of Hamilton: An American Musical will take the stage. Lin-Manuel Miranda headed to London for the opening.
To prepare fans for opening night, Miranda recently joined forces with the London cast of Hamilton: An American Musicalas they mashed up several iconic songs from the British songbook with some of the show's hit songs. "Satisfied" was fused with the Rolling Stones' "I Can't Get No Satisfaction," as the Beatles' "Help" was partnered up with "Hey (Winter's Ball)." Many viewers would get chills when they watch the segment that mashed up Adele's "Hello," Oasis's "Wonderwall," and the musical's "Helpless." The video ends with the actresses who play the UK's Schuyler Sisters leading the ensemble onto the Victoria Theatre stage to a show-stopping conclusion.
Miranda Strikes Gold
The West End opening of Hamilton: An American Musical marks a significant milestone for the Emmy, Grammy, and Tony-winning superstar. Miranda spent years developing this groundbreaking musical on the life of founding father Alexander Hamilton. The Public Broadcasting Service's documentary, Hamilton's America, showcased Miranda's creation process from teasing The Hamilton Mixtape at the White House in front of then President Obama in 2009 to its first Off-Broadway run. When Hamilton: An American Musical made its bow on Broadway on Jan. 20, 2015, it became an instant hit. Hamilton: An American Musical was greatly rewarded as it took home 11 Tony Awards including Best Musical, while Miranda took home Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score.
Hamilton In LA And Puerto Rico
Following the Broadway success, Miranda and the rest of the Hamilton: An American Musical creative team began to expand their franchise to spots in the United States and the West End. Hamilton: An American Musical is in the home stretch of a mini-residency of Los Angeles' Hollywood Pantages Theater. The production stars Michael Luwoye as the title role, Solea Pfeiffer as Eliza Hamilton, and Tony-nominated actor Rory O'Malley, who reprised his role as King George III. Recently, Miranda made headlines when he announced that he would reprise his Tony-nominated part of Alexander Hamilton when the production visits his hometown of Puerto Rico. It is expected that the production will take place at the University of Puerto Rico's Teatro UPR. The production is scheduled for a 2019 run following Puerto Rico's rebuilding after Hurricane Maria ravaged the island.
The West End production of Hamilton: An American Musical begins tonight at London's Victoria Theatre.