So who was Alexander Hamilton?
“Presidential candidate. Something to do with Aaron Burr?” provided Jenny Warner, 57, who works in publishing.
“I understand he was involved in the revolution and fighting for independence from the U.K., but that’s all I understand,” said Sachin Pai, 40, an IT consultant. “I actually don’t know very much about the musical itself, though obviously there’s been a buzz about the play, and I needed to go along and see.”
Others had done even more research.
“He’s the man on the $10 note,” said Grace Ge, 25, a financial providers consultant from China.
“He was one of the founding fathers of the U.S.,” said Alex Sillitoe, 30, a design-firm art director from Anglesey, Wales. “He was created in difficult situations and kind of against all chances made his method to the U.S. and be involved with the men who turned out to be the different founding fathers, incorporating Washington, and was instrumental in kicking the Brits – those damn Brits – out of the country.”
Mr. Sillitoe, who was simply discovering the musical for the first time, said he thought it would charm to a British audience. “It’s that great underdog history,” he said. “And it’s obviously real.”
Katrina Boyd, a 39-year-old lawyer, said, “We confess I did have to read up about him. That’s how much we don’t know about him here. It’s such a significant story for the Claims, but I do think it can require a bit of knowledge and a bit of understanding.”
“He, he worked his socks off,” she added. “And the recurring motif is that you create like you are working out of time, and that’s what he did.”
Ramin Sabi, 25, a theater maker, had seen the express in New York, he said, and loved it all. Would others in Britain think the same? “I believe it’s a comparatively universal history,” he said. “It’s forget about complicated than ‘Les Miz’ and if anything, ‘Hamilton’ explains even more of its context.”
Ajay Sharma, 31, an IT worker from London was able to identify Hamilton due to “basically one of the founding fathers.”
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Did he think that the musical would charm to a British audience? “It’s not like I have an enormous background understanding of American history, but I believe it’ll translate just predicated on the music and the power of the performances,” he said. “If little or nothing else, people will learn stuff.”
Of training, this tale of American revolutionaries isn’t just about the struggles of the rebels in the British colonies. Michael Jibson’s prancing, comedic portrayal of a spurned King George III had the potential to alienate or offend a Uk audience which may be accustomed to its royals being treated with a tad even more reverence. Mr. Miranda, the creator of “Hamilton,” advised the London newspaper The Evening Normal this week that he was “excited to look at” how the characterization played out here.
Barry Humphrey, a 50-year-old IT consultant from Buckinghamshire, said that while he was first “not so much” a royalist, “this king is excellent.”
“It is slightly insulting that they portrayed the king of England as being a buffoon,” he said. “But never mind: He was a lovable buffoon.”
Mr. Sabi, the theater maker, put it even more bluntly: “Nobody will care. People don’t possess the reverence for the monarchy that the People in america believe the British do.”
Wednesday’s preview performance hadn’t escaped all controversy: It turned out delayed by fourteen days after a multimillion-dollar renovation of the theater ran late, and therefore thousands of tickets had to be reissued for different dates and leading to an eruption of unhappiness about social media. (The state opening night is currently set for Dec. 21.)
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While controls were introduced in London to avoid the sort of ticket scalping that sent Broadway prices into the thousands, the London run was still expected to perform rather very well. “Hamilton” can be raking in money in Chicago and Los Angeles, and there’s been chat of adding productions in Asia and Australia.
In the audience on Wednesday night were some Americans feeling lucky in order to look at the musical finally.
Lena Levey, 15 and learning in London, said she “begged my mother to get tickets the second they came out. I like American history and that is what sparked my fascination in this.” The design of music, she said, “is definitely universal.”
Her mom, Annette Levey, was grateful to Mr. Miranda, who based the express on Ron Chernow’s 2004 biography “Alexander Hamilton.”
“I believe what Lin-Manuel Miranda has done for U.S. history what J.K. Rowling does for literacy with ‘Harry Potter.’ She ignited a complete generation of readers and this show has awakened an interest in U.S. history for kids.”