Disney To Release Hamilton

Carla Harmon
February 3, 2020

Next year, you'll be able to see the original Broadway cast of "Hamilton" perform the musical smash from the comfort of a movie theater.

On Monday, Disney announced that after reaching an agreement for worldwide distribution rights, the company would be releasing a filmed version of the hit Broadway musical in the United States and Canada on October 15, 2021.

You can see "Hamilton" the musical through February 9, 2020 at DeVos Performance Hall in Grand Rapids, presented by Broadway Grand Rapids. It's not an adaptation: It's a previously recorded "live capture" of the stage performance from the Richard Rodgers Theatre in NY, where it first began.

The filmed version is directed by the show's director, Tommy Kail.

It was shot using three live performances as well as some set up shoots without an audience.

The cast also includes Carleigh Bettiol, Ariana DeBose, Hope Easterbrook, Sydney James Harcourt, Sasha Hutchings, Thayne Jasperson, Elizabeth Judd, Jon Rua, Austin Smith, Seth Stewart, and Ephraim Sykes.

Lin-Manuel Miranda made a statement about the new partnership with Disney, and Hamilton's eventual run in theaters.

"I fell in love with musical storytelling growing up with the legendary Howard Ashman-Alan Menken Disney collaborations - The Little Mermaid, Beauty and The Beast, Aladdin", said Lin-Manuel Miranda. Disney has a commitment for a wide global theatrical release for the 2 hour, 40 minute movie, which was shot two weeks before the original cast left. "We're excited to partner with Disney to bring the original Broadway company of Hamilton to the largest audience possible".

According to sources, Disney beat out other suitors and paid $75 million for worldwide rights to the show that won 11 Tony Awards in 2016, as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. "We wanted to give everyone the same seat, which is what this film can provide", said director Thomas Kail in a release.

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