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A musical by Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda is coming to Melbourne

Rose Johnstone

Hamiltonwon't be hitting our shores any time soon (trust us, we're checking on the regular), so an upcoming Melbourne performance of another musical by its creator, Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer/actor Lin-Manuel Miranda, looks like the next best thing. 

21 Chump Street – which premiered in New York in June 2014 – is a musical based on a story by much-loved National Public Radio program This American Life. The episode is a tale of high-school romance infused with drugs, undercover police and peer-pressure, and the musical quotes some of its content verbatim, told through Miranda's signature fusion of high energy hip-hop and musical theatre.

The whole thing runs for just 15 minutes (and you can watch it online) but as with all on-stage productions, seeing it live is another experience entirely. The Melbourne performance is packaged into a double bill alongside American composer Adam Gwon's lauded slice-of-life musical Ordinary Days (2008).

21 Chump Street and Ordinary Days will run at Chapel Off Chapel from June 8-18.

*If you haven't yet been swept up in the Hamilton hype, then start by reading Time Out New York's five-star review of the Broadway smash hit. It's a hip-hop musical about American founding father Alexander Hamilton, it's taken out pretty much every musical theatre award possible, and it's one of the most successful shows of all time. 

Check out all the new and upcoming musicals in Melbourne.

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