Top 100 Greatest Musicals Poll – Number 5 – Hamilton

Last Updated on 12th April 2021

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Hamilton: An American Musical. Photo: Joan Marcus

There can be very few people in the world who have not heard of Hamilton: An American Musical. With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton is a musical based on the life of American founding father Alexander Hamilton, best known to many as the face on the US $10 bill.

Whilst Miranda’s original intention was to release the score as a concept album which he was planning to call The Hamilton Mixtapes, Hamilton made its stage debut Off-Broadway at the Public Theatre in February 2015 before transferring to Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre later that year.

Critically acclaimed Hamilton received a record-breaking 16 Tony Award nominations winning 11 including Best Musical. It won the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and seven Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Musical.

With the Broadway production still playing to sold out houses, several US national tours crossing the country and a West End production opening at the Victoria Palace Theatre in November 2017, there is talk of a film production in the works.

Hamilton features an incredibly diverse cast, making it more accessible and immediate to a contemporary audience. It’s the story of American then told by America now!

Congratulations to Lin-Manuel and the entire creative team of Hamilton on being the highest ranking new entry in our Top 100 Greatest Musicals poll. We are looking forward to welcoming you to the West End!


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