The film features the original Broadway cast in a live capture of one of their stage performances, with additional recording features that take viewers up close into “the room where it happens.”
Original Broadway cast members appearing in the film include creator Lin-Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hamilton; Daveed Diggs as Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson; Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler; Leslie Odom Jr. as Aaron Burr; Christopher Jackson as George Washington; and Jonathan Groff as King George.
Miranda was inspired to write part of the play in NYC’s Morris Jumel Mansion, built in 1765, and lived in for a short time by arch-rival Aaron Burr.
Miranda composed two of the musical’s best-known songs, “Wait For It,” and “The Room Where It Happens,” in Burr’s bedroom in the mansion.
The Hamilton musical won 11 Tony Awards in 2016, including for Best Musical, as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Additional original cast members include Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton; Jasmine Cephas Jones as Peggy Schuyler and Maria Reynolds; Okieriete Onaodowan as Hercules Mulligan and James Madison; and Anthony Ramos as John Laurens and Philip Hamilton.
The film originally was scheduled for theatrical release this October, and then shifted to 2021 by the pandemic, then moved up once again to July 3rd.
That date is no accident, since Hamilton chronicles the events just before, during and just after the American Revolution, and the birth of a new nation on July 4th.
Where to watch the Hamilton movie
The film will stream exclusively on Disney Plus.
The streaming service costs $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year.
Disney Plus is an on-demand, ad-free, streaming service that features a huge collection of movies and TV shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, the Star Wars franchise, National Geographic, and 20th Century Fox.
Disney Plus currently offers a seven-day FREE trial. But it is unlikely this blockbuster show will be included or blocked from free access. So expect to sign up for at least one month to see it.
Still, $6.99 is a bargain compared to the price of a ticket to an actual live theater performance.
Disney reportedly paid $75 million for the rights to bring this original cast stage performance to the big screen.
Disney also reportedly plans to film a full big-screen version of the musical, but certainly not until we are ready to sit in a crowded movie theater again
The show is based on the biography of Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow.
The movie consists of live performances that were shot over three nights in June 2016, at the Richard Rodgers Theater, when the original cast was still performing.
Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote the musical, stars in the title role as Alexander Hamilton.
This is a big difference from other musicals, such as the film versions of beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals South Pacific, Carousel and Oklahoma, which were adapted for the big screen with changes to scripts and sets and rarely included the original Broadway performers. Yul Brynner, who defined the role of the king in The King and I on stage for decades and on screen, is a notable exception.
Lin-Manuel Miranda announced the news on Twitter and on Good Morning America. ABC is owned by the Disney company.
The original 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.
Hamilton — written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, directed by Thomas Kail, and choreographed by Andy Blankenbuehler — opened at Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre on August 6, 2015.