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Tony Award-Winning Musical 'Hamilton' Is Finally Coming to New Zealand in 2023

After playing across Australia, the hit musical will head to Auckland's Spark Arena from May 2023.
By Sarah Ward and Sarah Templeton
November 28, 2022
By Sarah Ward and Sarah Templeton
November 28, 2022

New Zealanders, get ready to sit in the room where it happens — because Lin-Manuel Miranda's game-changing, award-winning, rightly raved-about Hamilton is finally coming to town.

After opening its Australian run in Sydney in 2021, it's currently playing in Melbourne and it's scheduled for Brisbane next year. Well, it's just been announced that it's headed for Aotearoa in 2023. Mark Monday, December 5 in your diaries to snap up tickets to see the biggest thing in musical theatre this century.

The Broadway blockbuster made its way to Australia in 2021, launching in Sydney with a cast that includes our own Matu Ngaropo as George Washington and Jason Arrow as Alexander Hamilton. It's been wowing audiences around Australia during its run — and now it's finally heading over the ditch. Next stop: Auckland's Spark Arena.

Exact run dates haven't yet been announced, but before next May ends, Ngaropo, Arrow and company will all be exploring 18th-century American politics through song in Auckland.

Haven't become a Hamilton obsessive yet? Not quite sure why it has been the most-talked-about theatre show of the past six years? The critically acclaimed hip hop musical, for which Miranda wrote the music, lyrics and the book, is about the life of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, as well as inclusion and politics in current-day America. In addition to its swag of Tony Awards — 11 in fact, which includes Best Musical — it has nabbed a Grammy Award and even a Pulitzer Prize.

Until now, New Zealanders eager to see the show had to be content with trips across the ditch or to New York, or watching the filmed version of its Broadway production, which started streaming via Disney+ in 2020 (and yes, it's as phenomenal as you've heard).

Here's hoping that the $10 ticket lottery also comes our way, offering Hamilton tickets for less than the cost of lunch.

Hamilton's Auckland season will kick off in May 2023 at Spark Arena. Head to the musical's website for further details, or to TEG Live to join the waitlist. Tickets go on sale through Ticketmaster on Monday, December 5, 2022 — with various presales available from 10am on Monday, November 30.

Images: Daniel Boud.

Published on November 28, 2022 by Sarah Ward
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