Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical will bypass cinemas and debut on the streaming service…
Musical nuts who have been aching to go and see Hamilton but found the whole prospect just way too expensive will now have a chance to sit on the sofa and bask in its brilliance, as the filmed version of the showstopping Lin-Manuel Miranda creation is skipping cinemas and heading straight to Disney+ on 3 July. This move comes with quite the price tag for Disney – the company originally paid $75 million for worldwide rights to the live performance.
“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. In light of the extraordinary challenges facing our world, this story about leadership, tenacity, hope, love and the power of people to unite against the forces of adversity is both relevant and impactful,” said Bob 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.”
“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,” said Lin-Manuel Miranda. “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.”
This production of Hamilton was captured on film with the original cast in mid-2016 at The Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway.