Latest News

Back to Latest News back


Sydney secures staging of Broadway hit musical Hamilton

Sydney secures staging of Broadway hit musical Hamilton
May 24, 2019

Sydney has secured the rights to Broadway hit Hamilton after an intense battle between the NSW capital and Melbourne to stage the successful hip-hop musical, which follows the story of Alexander Hamilton, one of the founding fathers of the United States.

Set to open in 2021 at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre, the intervention of NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has reportedly been key to attract the producers to the harbour city.

With the production set to start casting later this year, Premier advised “this is a highly successful, highly sought after musical.

"Many cities we know in Australia put up their hands but the producers could not resist the wonderful backdrop that Sydney offers.

"It does give me some pleasure to get one up on Melbourne, only because they bid very hard for it as well and we pipped them to the post."

How much the NSW Government spent to secure the rights has not been revealed but it was enough to fend off not only interstate competition but also other cities in the Asia-Pacific region.

Following this week’s announcement, Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote Hamilton, sent a message to local fans via video, advising “thank you to everyone in Australia who's been asking for Hamilton. It's on its way."

Hamilton has won a mass of awards, including a Pulitzer Prize, and has been described as a game changer in the musical-theatre genre, particularly in its casting of performers from diverse backgrounds.

Hamilton will be produced in Australia by Michael Cassel, with casting expected to take place later this year.

Cassal commented “it's a huge deal. There's no bigger musical in the world right now than Hamilton, so for Sydney to be able to host the Asia-Pacific premiere at the Lyric Theatre is very exciting.

"What's so unique about this production is that it blends rap, hip-hop, R&B, jazz, blues and Broadway.

"For people who may not traditionally be fans of musical theatre, this is a great way to come and experience this incredible production and its incredible score."

NSW Arts Minister Don Harwin acknowledged Premier Berejiklian’s efforts in backing the bid and taking the time to brief the US producers on everything Sydney has to offer.

He advised “the Premier made a personal commitment to make sure we got this.

"She knew how important it was to us to achieve our ambition of being number one for musical theatre in Asia-Pacific, so she put her weight behind us."

NSW Tourism Minister Stuart Ayres says it is expected to draw in more than 130,000 visitors to the city, generating about $84 million in economic benefit for NSW.

Minister Ayres added “we think that this is right in the sweet spot of our return on investment benchmarks, based on the amount of people and their average spends.

"We think this will be a fantastic investment for the taxpayer."

Images: Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda thanked fans who had been asking for the show to come to Australia (top, courtesy of Joan Marcus) and the Hamilton logo (below).

Related Articles

18th April 2019 - New Western Sydney Performing Arts Centre to be named Sydney Coliseum Theatre

17th March 2019 - NSW Government agrees 45-year-lease for management of Theatre Royal Sydney

15th March 2019 - Theatre-ticketing platform TodayTix launches in Sydney

6th October 2018 - Major revitalisation will ensure live music future at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion

22nd June 2018 - NSW Government invests in musical theatre and visitor economy

1st May 2018 - Live Performance Australia calls for NSW Government action on Sydney’s Theatre Royal

24th March 2015 - Les Miserables producer slams inadequate Sydney theatre provision

14th February 2013 - Concert acts combine with corporate events at The Star

Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.


supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all


Solarwise NSW / Dolphin Tech were the first and are the largest Dolphin dealer in NSW with a full service facility and full range of spare parts "on the shelf". We also provide on site…

read more

Aquatics / Venues


METRA Australia

METRA Australia is your innovation partner for smart electronic locking, Access Control solutions and cashless payment systems to suit all types of leisure facilities.  Our team’s…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Fitness / Recreation / Security



Digonex is a leading provider of customised dynamic pricing solutions to clients in arts and entertainment, sport, attractions, cultural institutions and retail sectors. Digonex’s technology is…

read more

Attractions / Entertainment / Sport / Technology / Ticketing



PathMinder Pty Ltd have partnered with AllUser Industries srl to bring Europe’s most advanced high security portals to the Australian and New Zealand markets. AllUser Industries started to…

read more

Access / Fitness / Recreation / Security



Ecoline is a highly experienced and skilled company that offers world-first technology in safety, protects the environment and provides a unique and challenging custom-made adventure and educational…

read more

Attractions / Environment / Safety / Tourism



Playrope Aqua-Fun, are the Australian & New Zealand exclusive distributors for Vortex Aquatic Structures International, the world leader in aquatic playgrounds and urban water landscapes.…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Parks / Play / Recreation



AQUASPIN™ - Aqua Cycling Aquaspin™’s sessions have been specially designed by our Master Trainer to be challenging yet fun group cycling sessions. Each session is tailored to…

read more

Aquatics / Fitness / Recreation / Wellness


get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business