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The story of America: Award-winning Broadway musical Hamilton comes to town

Jasmine Alimin
Jasmine Alimin • 4 min read
The story of America: Award-winning Broadway musical Hamilton comes to town
Hamilton has an impact on culture, politics and education, underpinned by a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway.
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A Broadway sensation acclaimed with numerous prestigious awards, Hamilton arrives in Singapore for the third leg of its international tour. This follows sold-out debuts in Manila in September and Abu Dhabi in January.

Held at the Sands Theatre from Apr 19 to May 26 and presented by Base Entertainment Asia, Hamilton tells the story of American founding father, Alexander Hamilton. Published in a biography written by American journalist Ron Chernow, Hamilton’s story begins from his early days as an orphan in the Caribbean to his role in the American Revolutionary War and his contributions to the drafting of the US Constitution. The musical also explores Hamilton’s relationships with other historical figures such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr.

Brought to life by American songwriter and filmmaker Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton marks a revolutionary moment in theatre — a musical that has had a profound impact on culture, politics and education, underpinned by a toe-tapping score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway. One of the notable aspects of this musical is its diverse cast, with actors of different racial and ethnic backgrounds portraying the American Founding Fathers and other historical figures. 

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Since its debut in 2015, it has become a cultural phenomenon, receiving widespread acclaim for its innovative approach to storytelling, catchy musical numbers and exploration of themes such as ambition, legacy and the complexities of human relationships. Hamilton has won numerous accolades, including 11 Tony Awards, seven Olivier Awards, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album.

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The cast, assembled from various global productions, is led by Jason Arrow as Alexander Hamilton, Rachelle Ann Go as Eliza Hamilton, DeAundre’ Woods as Aaron Burr, Akina Edmonds as Angelica Schuyler, Darnell Abraham as George Washington, David Park as Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson, Shaka Bagadu Cook as Hercules Mulligan and James Madison, Jacob Guzman as John Laurens and Philip Hamilton, Elandrah Eramiha as Peggy Schuyler and Maria Reynolds and Brent Hill as King George.

“I’m thrilled to bring Hamilton to Singapore and continue the show’s global journey. Hamilton’s themes of hope, equality and the power of storytelling are universal. It has been a thrill to see audiences fall in love with the show — be it in Australia or the Philippines and I’m excited to see it connect with audiences in Singapore,” says Michael Cassel, producer of the Hamilton international tour.

Tickets range between $80 and $1,000 from Sistic and Marina Bay Sands Ticketing.

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CosieLand

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The festival, from 12 pm to 6 pm, will guide visitors on a quest to several spaces around the mall that feature unique attractions such as an affirmation mirror room, a community art mural and interactive games. The stage area will feature talks, a TikTok dance challenge, plus an exciting lineup of bands. 

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In the evening, CosieLand will host Singapore’s first-ever onesie-themed dance party, featuring DJs, engrossing experiences and integration of NFT projections to celebrate creativity in a playful setting. 

Tickets cost $12 for individuals and $38 for families from www.cosieland.com

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A showcase of the best alternative food scene, the Flavours of Tomorrow Festival is a two-day gastronomic event that challenges stereotypes surrounding alternative proteins and meatless cuisine.

Held on Jan 20 and 21 at Teletech Park, Singapore Science Park 2, Flavours of Tomorrow is a joint effort between CapitaLand’s Singapore Science Park, Innovate 360 and NUS Enterprise.

Highlights include a sustainable food and retail market, informative talks and workshops by experts in plant-based nutrition, lucky draws and plenty of healthy dining options from food vendors like Shandi Global, Paan Kitchen, Kobashi, Oatside and Hegg.

Maison Valentino at SAW24

Maison Valentino strengthens links with the art world through a special commission of unique works titled Gestures of Affection by interdisciplinary Singaporean artist Sarah Choo Jing during Singapore Art Week.

 Gestures of Affection visually explores intricate interpersonal gestures, celebrating seven qualities inherent in the female experience.

The collection includes seven unique digital and print artworks with a female lead, symbolising various aspects of the moon. It will be unveiled at the lobby of Soho Residency Singapore on Jan 16 and remain on display through Singapore Art Week until Jan 28. 

After the installation period, Maison Valentino will donate proceeds from selling the pieces to a charity.

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