‘Hamilton’ staged production film coming to Disney Plus

Disney have announced that filmed version of broadway sensation Hamilton will be released exclusively on Disney+ on July 3rd 2020.

The news was announced today on Twitter. The filming is from the original broadway production at the Richard Rodgers Theatre with the show’s original broadway cast including Lin Manuel Miranda.

Hamilton is a musical with music, lyrics, and book by Lin-Manuel Miranda that tells the story of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. Inspired by the 2004 biography Alexander Hamilton by historian Ron Chernow, the show’s music draws heavily from hip hop, as well as R&B, pop, soul, and traditional-style show tunes; the show also incorporates colour-conscious casting of non-white actors as the Founding Fathers and other historical figures. Through this use of modern storytelling methods, Hamilton has been described as being about “America then, as told by America now.”. The show has become a sold-out sensations and has been performed worldwide. How-ever due to high ticket prices and unprecedented demand many fans have been unable to see the show until now

A 2016 stage performance with the original principal cast in the Richard Rodgers Theatre was filmed and offered for bidding to major movie studios. On February 3, 2020, it was revealed that Disney had purchased the distribution rights for $75 million, with a confirmed release date at the time of October 15, 2021. It was originally expected to have a limited theatrical release.

On February 10, 2017, Miranda revealed that In the Heights book writer Quiara Alegría Hudes wrote a script for a film adaptation of Hamilton, but reassured that, while a film would be made someday, it would not be made “…for years, so that people have ample time to see the stage version first.”

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