Hamilton to be streamed by Disney+ this July, starring Lin-Manuel Miranda
Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical Hamilton, will now be streamed on Disney+ later this year.
In a tweet by Disney on 12th May 2020, Hamilton will now be on Disney+ from 3rd July 2020. Ahead of the release, Lin-Manuel Miranda tweeted: "Never been so happy/nervous in my life. We all watching this together on July 3, yeah?".
The film, which is directed by Thomas Kail, will feature the original Broadway cast including Lin-Manuel Miranda as the title character, Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. Captured at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway in June 2016, the film was originally set for a release date in the US and Canada on 15th October 2021, but has now moved forward to July 2020.
The production ‘transports its audience into the world of the Broadway show in a uniquely intimate way’ by ‘combining the best elements of live theater and film, the result is a cinematic stage performance that is a wholly new way to experience Hamilton’, according to the press release.
Announcing the movie, Lin-Manuel Miranda said: “I fell in love with musical storytelling growing up with the legendary Howard Ashman-Alan Menken Disney collaborations – The Little Mermaid, Beauty and The Beast, Aladdin.
“I’m so proud of what Tommy Kail has been able to capture in this filmed version of Hamilton – a live theatrical experience that feels just as immediate in your local movie theater. We’re excited to partner with Disney to bring the original Broadway company of Hamilton to the largest audience possible.”
The cast also includes Daveed Diggs as Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson, Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler, Leslie Odom, Jr. as Aaron Burr, Christopher Jackson as George Washington, Jonathan Groff as King George and Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton.
Following its record-breaking opening on Broadway, the musical transferred to London in December 2017, starring Jamael Westman at the Victoria Palace Theatre in London. Tickets for the West End production of Hamilton are available now.
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