The Broadway production of Hamilton will be available for streaming on Disney+ on July 3rd, 2020.
Earlier this year, Disney announced that the musical would be released in theaters in October 2021. However, due to the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic – which include both big screen and stage theaters being closed for an unknown period of time – the release date for Hamilton has been moved up considerably and the theaters are being bypassed entirely.
Disney Executive Chairman Bob Iger announced the release on Twitter, specifically giving a shout out to Hamilton creator and star, Lin-Manuel Miranda.
We’re thrilled to bring the extraordinary @HamiltonMusical to #DisneyPlus on July 3. In this very difficult time, this story of leadership, tenacity, hope, love & the power of people to unite against adversity is both relevant and inspiring. Thank you @Lin_Manuel!
— Robert Iger (@RobertIger) May 12, 2020
The footage was filmed at several separate live performances of Hamilton at Richard Rogers Theater in 2016, just before the original Broadway cast departed. Alongside Miranda as the eponymous Alexander Hamilton, the movie will feature Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schyler, Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton, Christopher Jackson as George Washington, Leslie Odom Jr. as Aaron Burr, Jonathan Groff as King George, and Daveed Diggs as Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson.
Both the Broadway production and the screen adaption were directed by Tommy Kail.
Hamilton has garnered a number of awards since it premiered in 2015, including a Pulitzer, a Grammy, and eleven Tony Awards. Plus, the success of Hamilton has lead to a fruitful collaborative relationship between Miranda and Disney, with Miranda writing music for Moana (2016), appearing on-screen in 2018’s Mary Poppins Returns, and even writing music for the Aki-Aki to dance to at the Festival of the Ancestors in 2019’s Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker.
While Hamilton will arrive on Disney+ just in time for the Fourth of July, Moana, Mary Poppins Returns, and The Rise of Skywalker are all available for streaming on Disney+ right now – along with the first two seasons of the 2017 DuckTales, which features Miranda in the role of Fenton Crackshell-Cabrera, A.K.A. Gizmoduck.