Disney Gets the Job Done: Lin Manuel-Miranda’s ‘Hamilton’ to Hit Disney Plus
Disney Plus is streaming Lin Manuel-Miranda's award-winning musical "Hamilton" starting July 3, just in time for the 4th of July weekend.
The filmed version treats the show's fans with a front-row seat of the original Broadway production, transporting the audience from the small screens at the comfort of their own homes to the Richard Rogers Theatre, said Radio Times.
In a report from CNET, it is said that the "Hamilton" film came to the streaming service earlier than what was originally planned to be its theatrical debut.
The film was set to be released in theaters on October next year but the production team felt now was the right time.
Lyricist and performer Lin Manuel-Miranda, of Puerto Rican descent, created the musical that won 11 Tony awards in 2016 and the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Drama.
It is a creative storytelling of Alexander Hamilton's journey to becoming a founding father of the U.S. characters such as Aaron Burr and George Washington share the stage with the titular founding father.
It includes over 40 popular songs you can stream online such as "My Shot," "Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down)," and "History Has Its Eyes on You."
The movie was recorded over the course three days with the culturally diverse original 2016 Broadway cast, including Miranda himself.
"The task for me was to try to create a document of what it felt like to be in that room," film director Thomas Kail noted. He also said the film is "not trying to be the show" and marks itself as its own experience.
According to Kail, the production captured two live performances. Cameras were positioned in the audience, without viewers. The filmmaking crew had shots using steady cams, cranes, and dollies. Miranda even called the experience "better than the best seat in the house."
The film comes with complete intermission countdown and opening remarks from the character of King George III.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Daveed Diggs, who plays Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson, said he's "terrified" of the Disney Plus release as he's never seem himself perform in the musical before.
"One of the only reasons I can stand that kind of attention is that I haven't seen it," he said, talking about the way people discuss his performances.
He said the "saving grace" of being in a play is the he never had to watch himself doing it. "At some point, I'm going to be forced to watch it and actually deal with my own feelings about this," he added.
"Hamilton" released two trailers for the film, one on June 21 that shows a montage of scenes from the Broadway musical and another montage for the second trailer on June 28.
Censoring for Young Audiences
Miranda said there will be a few tiny tweaks on the film to suit younger audiences, who will watch the show on Disney Plus.
The show had three curse words in its original lyrics "MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) has a hard rule about language," Miranda tweeted. The words were written off the show "so the kids could see it," Miranda quipped. He, however, encouraged the fans to sing whenever they want at home.
According to Deadline, $75 million was spent by Disney to get the rights for "Hamilton," with Bob Iger leading the negotiations. Disney Plus hasn't set an end date to the release of the film.
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