Hamilton movie version of the musical, streams on Disney+ July 3
Lin Manuel-Miranda’s Hamilton is described as “a musical that has had a profound impact on culture, politics, and education.” And it’s true. The musical uses contemporary storytelling methods, with hip-hop, R&B, Jazz, Soul, and Pop lyrics, and non-white actors as the Founding Fathers and other historical figures. It continues to feel fresh and riveting. And now Disney will release a Hamilton movie version of the musical, with the original cast, led by Manuel-Miranda, on July 3.
Here’s the official plot synopsis for the film version:
An unforgettable cinematic stage performance, the filmed version of the original Broadway production of “Hamilton” combines the best elements of live theater, film, and streaming to bring the cultural phenomenon to homes around the world for a thrilling, once-in-a-lifetime experience. “Hamilton” is the story of America then, told by America now. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B, and Broadway, “Hamilton” has taken the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a revolutionary moment in theatre—a musical that has had a profound impact on culture, politics, and education.
Filmed at The Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway in June of 2016, the film transports its audience into the world of the Broadway show in a uniquely intimate way. With book, music, and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda and direction by Thomas Kail, “Hamilton” is inspired by the book “Alexander Hamilton” by Ron Chernow and produced by Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Jeffrey Seller, with Sander Jacobs and Jill Furman serving as executive producers. Filming was produced by RadicalMedia. The 11-time-Tony Award®-, GRAMMY Award®-, Olivier Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning stage musical stars: Daveed Diggs as Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson; Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler; Jonathan Groff as King George; Christopher Jackson as George Washington; Jasmine Cephas Jones as Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds; Lin-Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hamilton; Leslie Odom, Jr. as Aaron Burr; Okieriete Onaodowan as Hercules Mulligan/James Madison; Anthony Ramos as John Laurens/Philip Hamilton; and Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton.
The press release says that this rendition will be “an unforgettable cinematic stage performance” that will “transport its audience into the world of the Broadway show in a uniquely intimate way.” So, it will be interesting to see what sort of techniques the recording team used for this show, which was recorded back in 2016, to make this happen. Obviously, we can expect to see some up close and personal shots of the cast singing their hearts out. More intimate than any ultra-expensive front-row seat can get you.
Honestly, I am going to watch it since I never got to see it with the original cast.
The movie will make its streaming debut exclusively on Disney+ on July 3, 2020.