Fans of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton will be happy to hear that Disney will release a filmed live version of the Broadway musical in theaters in 2021. Miranda dropped the news in a tweet last week to make the announcement.
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) February 3, 2020
The featured performance was filmed at the Richard Rogers Theatre in New York in June 2016 which at the time, was the only place you could watch the hit musical. Since then, Hamilton has opened in Chicago, London, and also completed three U.S. tours.
According to Deadline, Disney reportedly paid $75 million for worldwide rights for the 2 hour, 40 minute movie. The article goes on to say when Hamilton finishes its traditional theatrical run, it will then become a major title on the Disney+ streaming service.
“Lin-Manuel Miranda created an unforgettable theater experience and a true cultural phenomenon, and it was for good reason that Hamilton was hailed as an astonishing work of art. All who saw it with the original cast will never forget that singular experience,” said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company. “And we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to share this same Broadway experience with millions of people around the world.”
The original Broadway cast appearing in the film include Tony Award winners Miranda as Alexander Hamilton; Daveed Diggs as Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson; Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler; and Leslie Odom Jr. as Aaron Burr; Tony Award nominees Christopher Jackson as George Washington; Jonathan Groff as King George; Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton; and Jasmine Cephas Jones as Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds; Okieriete Onaodowan as Hercules Mulligan/James Madison; and Anthony Ramos as John Laurens/Philip Hamilton.
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. Film producers include Miranda, Seller, and Kail, who also directs.
Hamilton has won 11-Tony Awards, a Grammy Award, Olivier Award, and a Pulitzer Prize.
Mark your calendars! Hamilton is scheduled to hit theaters on October 15, 2021.