Hamilton to be released in cinemas by Disney in the US
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical Hamilton will be released in cinemas in the US and Canada by Disney next year, it has been announced.
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 will be released in the US and Canada on 15th October 2021.
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.
A UK release date of the film has not yet been announced.
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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