Hamilton the musical coming to NAC next year as part of Broadway Across Canada lineup

A scene from Hamilton with Elijah Malcomb, Joseph Morales, Kyle Scatliffe, Fergie L. Philippe and the company. Photo Joan Marcus

Broadway Across Canada has announced its lineup for the 2019-20 season and it features Hamilton, one of the biggest musicals the organization has ever brought to Southam Hall. 

Folks will have to wait until May 2020 to enjoy the unique sung-and-rapped musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda about the life of the Revolutionary era American leader Alexander Hamilton. The show runs from May 19 to June 14. 

But the lineup before the opening of Hamilton is impressive too with remounted versions of Rent and Cats and the new musical Waitress.

Broadway Across Canada has been bringing shows to the National Arts Centre for 21 years.

Rent opens the season. Believe it or not the production is celebrating a 20th anniversary Tour. It runs from Oct. 22 – 27. Rent is a re-imagining of Puccini’s La Bohème, and it follows a year in the lives of seven artists struggling to make it in their careers. 

Waitress features music and lyrics by the Grammy nominated Sara Bareilles. It runs from Dec. 31 – Jan. 5, 2020. The musical is about a young woman who dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage through a baking contest. Fans of the Great British Baking Show might want to check this out. The musical was put together by an all-female team. The score was written by Bareilles with the book by screenwriter Jessie Nelson (I Am Sam) and original direction by Diane Paulus.

Cats, of course, is the musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, based on T.S. Elliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats (1939). This version of the clasic runs from March 10 – 15. 

Four-show packages are now available to 2018-2019 subscribers and they go on sale to the general public on Feb 7 at BroadwayAcrossCanada.ca, by phone at 613-947-7000 x 620 or at the National Arts Centre Box Office.

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Peter Robb began his connection with the arts community in Ottawa in the mid-1980s when he was the administrator and public relations director of the Great Canadian Theatre Company. After a long career in journalism with the Ottawa Citizen where he served in a number of different posts he returned to the arts when he became the Citizen's arts editor.