While audiences around the globe have been clamoring to finally see a recording of the smash-hit “Hamilton,” the wait won’t be as long as first expected. As reported by Variety, the play will now be available to watch at Disney+ on July 3, over a year sooner than its expected October 2021 theatrical release.
Variety reports that Disney has spent $75 million on getting the rights to the acclaimed Broadway musical, with this announcement coming at a perfect time for those around the world in lockdown looking for some entertainment.
The play made a star out of so many of its cast, not least playwright and composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, who has gone on to star and work on various different Disney projects including “Moana” and “Mary Poppins Returns.”
The following is a quote from Miranda discussing this latest news, as published by Variety in their article:
“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. I’m so grateful to Disney and Disney Plus for reimagining and moving up our release to July 4 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.”
Disney+ has been stocking its library in recent months since its much-anticipated launch, including “Onward” in the United States and other countries since its theatrical run was cut short amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Hamilton” will be the latest theatrical production to be available online, as the UK’s National Theatre has also been releasing various plays each week, including “One Man, Two Guvnors” which won James Corden a Tony, and “Frankenstein” starring Benedict Cumberbatch.