The Australian cast of Hamilton is diverse, having welcomed three Indigenous performers into the lead roles of young Hamilton Williams and two groups representing Aussies from various social groups.
Line-up is yet to be announced but it was announced yesterday that Daniel Lanyon from the ABC Drama UnREAL is in the lead role.
Shaun Young and Jesse Skyjoy from the Open Ceremony at the Sydney Opera House will play the Bill Puetz and Max Goldman lovers.
The line-up is being organised for the Australian Ensemble Theatre Association’s (AETA) annual performance in Sydney, which takes place on November 12 and 13.
AETA celebrates Australia’s multicultural achievement with its annual competition which has contestants from across the globe.
Mark Paul Ricciotti, managing director of the AETA, said: “Our approach to staging is culturally diverse.“Sydney audiences will experience a dynamic production of the show in a safe and inclusive environment.”
Thousands of people are expected to attend the performance, which coincides with the 60th anniversary of America’s national anthem, sung on the belfry of Sydney Opera House.
Australian actor Brenton Gee has the lead role of John Paul Hamilton, a sick and bedridden 10-year-old who spends his days on the road to Australia as a makeshift tour guide to a farm family.
In further announcements by the ACT government, The Order of Australia will give $500,000 towards capital improvement work at the Heritage Hall in Canberra, the cornerstone of the Arts campus, formerly a popular holiday destination, and the spectacular Opera House site in Hobart, home to ABC Hobart and the Domain, the former Canberra district.
In due course, the royal olympic attraction has also added a capacity 400-seat theatre and concert venue to its spectacular location next to The Four Seasons Hotel, Tasmania.
AETA is holding a lunchtime session and with the announcement, AETA president Phillipa Loosemore said the national competition will reach out to audiences across the nation with a participatory atmosphere.“We want to make sure that Australians who may have more experience performing in production than performing on stage can feel part of the production.”
Anna MacKenzie-Cowra from the AETA said the ensemble was chosen because of its complex blend of history, innovation and revival.