Not many people could pack as much impact into a fifteen-minute musical as a full-length one, but Lin-Manuel Miranda is one of those people. Performed as part of the From Page To Stage showcase at Tristan Bates Theatre, the Hamilton creator’s short musical is about an undercover officer who poses as a school pupil to search out those who are selling drugs, and the boy who gets caught out owing to his love for her. This UK premiere has a talented cast, including Emma Kingston who first came to my attention in In the Heights.
The story is told in Miranda’s trademark mixture of musical theatre and hip-hop, and remains alternately compelling, funny and sad until the end. 21 Chump Street is well worth seeing.