It was only a matter of time: the filmed version of Hamilton on Broadway now premieres July 3 on Disney +, Disney announced Tuesday morning.
That’s a big shift in the timeline. Hamilton is expected to hit theaters on October 15, 2021. Instead, it has now moved up by 15 months. But if Disney is going to make a big release, Hamilton makes the most sense, because it has already been filmed. Thomas Kail, who directed both the stage production and the film, built the film from three live Broadway performances recorded in 2016, with the full original Broadway cast.
However, Disney is working hard to ensure that the movie will not be just one of the versions of filmed plays you can see on PBS Great Performances, but a truly cinematic experience. It bills the film in a press release Hamilton as “a leap forward in the art of ‘live capture’,” which according to Disney “combines the best elements of live theater, film and streaming”.
“No other artistic work in the past decade has had the cultural impact Hamilton—An inspiring and compelling story told and executed in a powerfully creative way. In light of the extraordinary challenges facing our world, this story of leadership, tenacity, hope, love and the power of people to unite against the forces of adversity is both relevant and impactful, ”said Robert A. Iger, executive chairman of the Walt Disney Company. “We are excited to bring this phenomenon to Disney + on the eve of Independence Day, and we have the brilliant Lin-Manuel Miranda and team behind us Hamilton thanks for having done this more than a year in advance. ”
“I am so proud of how beautiful Tommy has brought Kail Hamilton to the screen. He gave everyone who watches this movie the best seat in the house, “said Lin-Manuel Miranda. “I am so grateful to Disney and Disney + for rethinking and shifting our release to the fourth of July weekend this year in the face of the upside-down world. I am so grateful to all the fans who have asked for this and I am so glad we were able to realize this. I’m so proud of this show. I can’t wait for you to see it. “
When Hamilton Hillary Clinton premiered on Broadway in the summer of 2016 and was the forerunner of the presidency, and Hamilton played as a triumph of globalist cosmopolitanism. The Founding Fathers’ portrayal of flawed but well-meaning big men working hard to build a country of greater freedom and equality felt both old-fashioned and freshly contemporary, and critics celebrated it accordingly.
Since then, the world has indeed been turned upside down. Cosmopolitanism is no longer the prevailing ideology of the day, and the ways in which America has not afforded its citizens the freedom and equality it promised are becoming more apparent every day.
The early release of Hamilton is intended as a balm for a nation in pain. But it remains to be seen whether the show’s deep optimism and confidence in America’s ability can comfort the world as Miranda hopes – or whether it will be a new memory of everything we’ve lost instead.