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  • Writer's pictureJenna Cockburn

REVIEW: Shamilton! The Improvised Hip Hop Musical | Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2023

Get yourself along to "the room where it happens!"

Renowned improvisers and musical comedy troupe Baby Wants Candy are back at the Edinburgh Fringe with their show 'Shamilton! The Improvised Hip Hop Musical'.

If you’re familiar with the group’s work, you’ll know the deal. This show is inspired by the musical genius Lin Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton, but the difference is, the performers ask the audience for a celebrity or cultural figure that they then have to tell their life story, in the form of a hip hop musical.

What follows is an hour of mesmerising musical theatre of 6 performers with superfast thinking and improv skills, vocals and dance moves that impress, and comedic chops that had the audience in stitches, all helped along by the two talented musicians.

Calling all musical theatre fans, get yourself along to “the room where it happens” for an entertaining afternoon at 'Shamilton! The Improvised Hip Hop Musical'.




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