Original Broadway Production of 'Hamilton' Coming to Disney+

The film will launch its streaming debut on July 3 in lieu of its slated October 2021 theatrical release

click to enlarge The original Broadway cast of "Hamilton" - Photo: Joan Marcus // press.atlanticrecords.com
Photo: Joan Marcus // press.atlanticrecords.com
The original Broadway cast of "Hamilton"

Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda has confirmed that the original Broadway production of his smash hit is coming to Disney+ in July — July 3 to be exact, just one day before the Fourth of July. #America.

The revolutionary retelling of American history uses Hip Hop, Jazz, R&B and Broadway melodies to tell the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton. Based on Ron Chernow’s acclaimed biography, Hamilton won Tony, Grammy and Olivier Awards, as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. And Cincinnati native (and St. Xavier High School grad) Andy Blankenbuehler provided Tony Award-winning choreography. 

The streaming release comes instead of the slated Oct. 15, 2021 theatrical release of the Hamilton movie, which was created using three live performances shot by show director Thomas Kail. The shows were shot in 2016 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway and feature original cast members Lin-Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hamilton, Daveed Diggs as Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson, Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler, Leslie Odom, Jr. as Aaron Burr and more.

"The film is a leap forward in the art of 'live capture' which transports its audience into the world of the Broadway show in a uniquely intimate way. Combining the best elements of live theater, film, and streaming, the result is a cinematic stage performance that is a wholly new way to experience Hamilton," says a Disney+ release.

Miranda says in a statement, “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. 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. 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.”

The touring production of Hamilton is slated to return to the Aronoff Center in 2021 as part of Broadway in Cincinnati's season. 

Rick Pender

RICK PENDER has written about theater for CityBeat since its first issues in 1994. Before that he wrote for EveryBody’s News. From 1998 to 2006 he was CityBeat’s arts & entertainment editor. Retired from a long career in public relations, he’s still a local arts fan, providing readers (and public radio listeners)...
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