Disney+ fast tracking its release of ‘Hamilton’

By Camden Mondeaux on May 13, 2020
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 09: Lin-Manuel Miranda speaks onstage during the 92nd Annual Academy Awards at Dolby Theatre on February 09, 2020 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Disney announced it would be fast tracking its premiere of the filmed version of “Hamilton” on its streaming service, releasing it on July 3. 

By: Cami Mondeaux

The Walt Disney Company, the musical’s creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jeffrey Seller made the announcement Tuesday, all serving as producers on the film with Thomas Kail directing.

“I’m so proud of how beautifully Tommy Kail has brought ‘Hamilton’ to the screen. He’s given everyone who watches this film the best seat in the house,” Lin-Manuel Miranda said in a statement.

The film of the original Broadway production is set to be a “live capture” that transports the audience in a way the live show cannot — bringing the audience into the world in a unique way.

“I’m so grateful to Disney and Disney+ for reimagining and moving up our release to July 4th weekend of this year, in light of the world turning upside down,” Miranda said. “I’m so grateful to all the fans who asked for this, and I’m so glad that we’re able to make it happen. I’m so proud of this show. I can’t wait for you to see it.”

On Broadway, “Hamilton” is one of the most celebrated musicals — electrifying audiences and becoming one of the hottest tickets money can buy. It’s won 11 Tony Awards, a Grammy, an Olivier Award and a Pulitzer.

“No other artistic work in the last decade has had the cultural impact of ‘Hamilton’ — an inspiring and captivating tale told and performed in a powerfully creative way,” said Robert A. Iger, executive chairman of The Walt Disney Company, in a statement. “We are thrilled to bring this phenomenon to Disney+ on the eve of Independence Day, and we have the brilliant Lin-Manuel Miranda and the team behind ‘Hamilton’ to thank for allowing us to do so more than a year before planned.”

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