There has not been a hotter Broadway ticket in recent memory than Hamilton, Lin Manuel-Miranda’s massively popular musical about Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton that debuted in 2015. Even national tours, like the one that came to Tampa in 2019, have rapidly sold out.
That’s why we’re raising a glass to this news: Everyone can see the show this summer, without having to leave the house.
The Walt Disney Company — and, more importantly, Miranda’s Twitter account — announced Tuesday that a filmed version of the Broadway phenomenon will stream on Disney+ starting July 3.
The performance was captured in June 2016 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York City with the show’s original cast, including Miranda in the titular role. Disney announced plans earlier this year to release it as a film in October 2021. The plan involved rolling it out to movie theaters, too. Times have changed, and lucky for us eager Ham fans, Disney bumped up the release to this summer.
The musical, one of the most successful Broadway shows ever, won 11 Tony Awards, including many for the cast. It has toured around the world, including sold-out stops in Florida, and is currently set to return to the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in 2021.
The Disney+ Hamilton broadcast will feature all of the show’s original cast, a.k.a. the voices on the official Broadway soundtrack: Miranda as Alexander Hamilton, Daveed Diggs as Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson, Renee Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler, Leslie Odom Jr. as Aaron Burr, Christopher Jackson as George Washington, Jonathan Groff as King George, Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton, Jasmine Cephas Jones as Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds, Okieriete Onaodowan as Hercules Mulligan/James Madison and Anthony Ramos as John Laurens/Philip Hamilton. The filmed version is directed by the show’s director, Tommy Kail.
If you’re familiar with the show but have never been able to see it, this is a real gift. If you’re not as familiar, well, there’s no better time to memorize the entire soundtrack. One perk about watching a Broadway show from your couch: You can sing along without shame.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.