Hamilton has become one of the most talked about shows on the planet. With a brilliant sung and rapped score by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the musical about one of the founding fathers of America has had people queuing around the block for tickets.
The London outing of the show has brought in huge audiences. But, what’s it like to work in the wardrobe department for Hamilton?
We squeezed in a quick 5 minute for a quick-fire chat with Jade Berg, wardrobe-assistant on the London run of Hamilton, to ask her about her experience on the hit show. Ready, steady…Go
What’s it like to work on Hamilton?
It’s very exciting to work on such a big show. The anticipation for the show to come to London was huge and the fact the show is sold out is amazing !!!
What’s it like backstage and in Wardrobe on this show?
For the wardrobe department, Hamilton is a big show – the maintenance is huge!! The costumes, which are designed by Paul Tazewell, are beautiful and made from the most amazing fabrics. But, doing eight shows a week can take its toll. Backstage is ok although there’s no cross-over so there’s a lot of walking and doing a lot of steps!! The wing space is tight but the whole thing works like a well-oiled machine.
Talk us through what your average day looks like.
My average one show days starts at 1:30. I’ll go straight to wardrobe and work through any maintenance notes probably a Schuyler sister costume!! Once we’ve done the notes we then focus on getting the laundry ready for the show making sure everyone has the correct underwear and mic belts. We then get the off list and if anyone is sick or on holiday we will swap the understudy costumes over. Then it’s show time.
What’s your favourite part of working with this company/the costumes?
The King and his costumes are my favourite. Michael Jibson plays the King and he is my favourite company member. For my birthday he serenaded me with a lord of the dance routine!! The Kings costumes are beautiful and have lots of sparkle!! The crown is magnificent, and a fun fact is that the King’s costumes on the West End are a lot more glitzy compared to broadway.
What’s it like working on a brand new Broadway show in London?
It’s so exciting to work on a massive Broadway show, and getting to work with all these amazing Broadway composers and directors and designers!!
What’s your favourite costume from the show and why?
All of the Kings costumes are my favourite as the have a lot of crystals and I love the colour it’s so regal! And who doesn’t love a crown!?
What’s it like working in London compared to going on tour?
It’s very different to touring. When you’re touring you become a family – in London everyone just wants to get home.
Tell us about the jobs you’ve done before and what are your future plans?
Next job I’m going on tour with Wicked for a few months and then who knows, I’d love to do another UK tour.
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