Hamilton, one of the most inspiring musicals of all time, finally opens in Manila! This Asian premiere is the only stop in Asia on the international tour before heading to Abu Dhabi. The musical tells the story of Alexander Hamilton, one of the founding fathers of the United States, and the American Revolution and politics after the war.
I still remember watching my first musical, Miss Saigon on Broadway with my family, starring Lea Salonga. This time, I wanted to make sure my boys got inspired by Hamilton, with Rachelle Ann Go performing as Eliza. It’s a great musical about building your legacy, standing for what you believe in, and not throwing away your shot with the opportunities given to you.
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The first part of the play was rough, with some performances being tentative and actors just standing up and singing the songs like a concert. This was the second show in Manila after the opening the previous Sunday. The second act was more engaged, with lively rap battles focused on politics, betrayal, and redemption. We were crying at the end, thanks to Eliza.
The boys loved the first act, which was all about the American Revolution, but the younger ones got lost in the politics part. It’s best for teenagers, who can better understand the story, the songs, and the message of not throwing away their shot.
Don’t miss your shot in watching Hamilton in Manila.
HAMILTON MANILA GUIDE
Arrive two hours early to take the perfect Hamilton selfies and poses before the crowd arrives.
No tickets yet? Enter the Weekly Lottery for two(2) orchestra seats. Buy Hamilton tickets here.
The best seats are in the Orchestra section, but it’s hard to get a block of seats, so it’s best to buy two at a time.
Souvenir Program sells for ₱1,000 with beautiful photography, historical timeline and background of the casts and the creative team.
Manila Cast. Rachelle Ann Go is the only Filipino performing the lead role of Eliza Hamilton.
We saw Rachelle perform as Eliza in the West End and now in Manila! Nakaka-proud siya.
The Souvenir Shop opens at 5:30pm and love the shirts (₱1,000) and tote bag (₱900).
If you have budget, the Hamilton Hoodies (₱3,000) are the best souvenir merchandise.
Love to eat at the Solaire’s Casino Food court and check out the Pan Asian or Yatai Japanese.
The Beef Rendang (₱495) is made with stewed tasty beef with lemon grass and a greasy coconut milk gravy with a big cup of rice.
You can use your electronic ticket or have it printed for your souvenir (₱50 per transaction).
Sitting in the orchestra section, I had goosebumps watching Hamilton with our A.Fam in Manila—a dream come true!
The show started at 8:05 with a 5-minute grace period. If you are late, you will miss the best opening.
The world-class lighting, staging, and performances of Hamilton are a great exposure and inspiration for Filipino Gen Z.
Teenagers enjoyed the show and found it relatable, but younger kids got bored in the second act during the political rap battles.
Check out this article: Bringing Out Brilliance | Watching Hamilton with Kids?
You cannot bring water inside, but you can leave it outside the door with your name on it.
The total run time is about 3 hours, so be sure to hydrate, especially if you are with kids.
The bar outside is so slow and water sells for ₱80 – not worth it to line up during intermission.
Remember, you can take photos and videos during the encore, and give a standing ovation if you loved and were touched by the performance.
Hamilton is our favorite musical, and it has become our theme song for our entrepreneurial journey, which began when I quit my day job to pave the way for the content creator ecosystem in Manila.
I cried at the end of the show because it made me think about who would tell our story, what our legacy in Manila would be, and how our boys and readers would remember the Our Awesome Planet journey.
As we enter the next phase of our entrepreneurial journey, I am determined not to throw away my shot at expanding our projects and raising the next generation of Filipino Gen Zs.
Live an Awesome Life with Christ,
Founder & Digital Creator, Our Awesome Planet
Disclosure: We paid for our tickets. I wrote this article with my biases, opinions, and insights.
P.S. I hate this long line for the elevator going to the parking.