See 'Hamilton' with the Original Broadway Cast in Your Home This Summer!
Tuesday, May 12, 2020  •  
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Disney+ will be screening the filmed performance

Last week, when Lin-Manuel Miranda said on Live with Kelly and Ryan that the Hamilton movie would be released "sooner rather than later," he wasn't kidding! Disney+ is fast-tracking the premiere (by 15 months!) of the "live capture" of the original Broadway production of Hamilton. Considering the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony-winning musical is about the birth of our nation, it's fitting that it's being released just in time for Independence Day. Starting July 3, subscribers to Disney's streaming service will be able to watch the film, which was shot in June 2016 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre when creator Miranda was starring in the title role alongside Tony winners Daveed Diggs, Renée Elise Goldsberry and Leslie Odom, Jr. According to the press release, this version of Hamilton will combine "the best elements of live theatre, film and streaming." Finally, something to look forward to this summer! It's a genius move on Disney's part to offset some of the losses from the closures of its theme parks and shows. If you're not already a subscriber, you can sign up on the Disney+ website. Musical fans will find a lot of other content to enjoy on the service, including all the classic Disney animated movies and the reality series Encore!, which reunites the casts of high school productions years after graduation for one last performance.

Miranda, Broadway's most enthusiastic cheerleader, is a producer of the film, so he definitely helped make this happen. Perhaps he was inspired by the original cast's reunion on John Krasinski's web series Some Good News in April, which went viral. We post that heartwarming video below to get you psyched for July 3! The whole episode is fun but the Hamilton cast appears around the 11-minute mark.


Raven Snook is the Editor of TDF Stages. Follow her at @RavenSnook. Follow TDF at @TDFNYC.

Top image: The original Broadway cast of Hamilton. Photo by Joan Marcus.

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Mary Wade said:
Will the movie Hamilton still be released at a later date?
Posted on 5/12/2020 at 2:53 PM
Raven Editor of TDF Stages said:
Hi Mary, we suspect this film capture of the Broadway show probably won't ever make it to theatres since it's being released to Disney+. However, there will probably be a separate movie version of the musical one day with a different cast, but that's many years away.
Posted on 5/12/2020 at 3:24 PM
Lois Buonagurio said:
Hi - I'm a Program Director at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library. Can my patrons watch this incredible performance via streaming and if so, how? Thanks, Lois
Posted on 5/16/2020 at 8:39 AM
Raven Editor of TDF Stages said:
Hi Lois, I just sent you an email but the short answer is, your students will need to have a subscription to Disney+ to watch.
Posted on 5/16/2020 at 10:36 AM
Cecilia Kwilos said:
Will the movie be released for just that one July 3rd date, or will it continue to be available on Disney + beyond July 3rd?
Posted on 5/16/2020 at 2:11 PM
Raven Editor of TDF Stages said:
Hi Cecilia, July 3 is the release date. It will be available to watch beyond that date.
Posted on 5/16/2020 at 2:17 PM
Jessica White said:
Could you please provide quality captions for John Krasinski? He listened when I and maybe others asked him to turn on the captions. Now he needs the captions to not be automated!! I love watching SGN. Thank you for providing access for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. I appreciate it.
Posted on 5/16/2020 at 10:31 PM
Raven Editor of TDF Stages said:
Hi Jessica, I believe you've been in touch with our TAP department. They will have the most up-to-date info on captioning.
Posted on 5/21/2020 at 9:03 AM
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