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'Hamilton' takes center stage in London's West End

From Reuters - December 22, 2017

(This story corrects spelling of London Mayor Sadiq Khans name.)

By Mark Hanrahan

LONDON (Reuters) - They may have been casting off the yoke of British rule, but the cast of Broadway smash Hamilton nonetheless received a rapturous reception from a star-studded, 1,500-strong audience at the shows official opening night in London on Thursday.

The show, created by Lin-Manuel Miranda, is an unconventional take on the life of Alexander Hamilton, one of the founding fathers of the United States, featuring a racially diverse cast and a hip-hop-inflected score.

Though the show is rooted firmly in the 18th and 19th centuries, Miranda feels that its themes of legacy and how one spends time on earth still resonate with contemporary audiences.

Thats what Hamilton and (antagonist Vice President Aaron) Burr are wrestling with the whole time, and I think thats what people are responding to, Miranda told Reuters.

Miranda, who played the title role on Broadway, took to the stage after the performance to thank the cast and crew.

Addressing media coverage of the shows runaway success, he said: I never want to see the words overnight success associated with this show, saying that his relationships with collaborators on the project dated to 2002.

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