The original Hamilton Broadway musical is being released a year ahead of schedule. You can watch the performance on Disney+ starting July 3rd.
Let’s be real. This year has been pretty strange and incredibly tense. So throwing the highly anticipated Hamilton musical recording with the original Broadway cast at us a year earlier is a HUGE gift to anxious theater nerds who need something positive right now.
The announcement came this morning from the Disney+ Twitter account.
Surprise! The original Broadway production of Hamilton, filmed LIVE onstage at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, is now coming exclusively to #DisneyPlus this July 3rd. Shout it to the rooftops! #Hamilfilm pic.twitter.com/4FK4lZhcO6
— Disney+ (@disneyplus) May 12, 2020
It’s hard to say how many of us will still be under quarantine by then. Or even if we’ll have been released from quarantine and then thrown back into it because we jumped the gun a bit the first time. Who knows. Things are really up in the air right now. But for those of us who may be stuck at home on the Fourth of July for whatever reason, this is a perfect American-themed treat just in time for the holiday.
The excitement in the theater fam is pretty intense about this. It was definitely a surprise, but an absolutely welcomed one. It’s difficult to get to New York and see these productions live. And watching illegally shot fan videos of plays is a huge no-no. So most people have been surviving off of the soundtrack and photos of the play to sustain them as they wait for the official recording to be released.
And now that wait is just six weeks away instead of a full year for the planned 2021 theatrical release.
— Ferdalump (@ferdalump) May 12, 2020
— Rachel//stream Hollywood on Netflix (@firstorderbabe) May 12, 2020
HAMILTON JULY 3RD pic.twitter.com/Gb21cyuwAd
— ☆ adores the s&b cast (@alwaysmctudor) May 12, 2020
Hamilton is coming to Disney Plus on my birthday and I realise this is an out of character tweet but I bloody love Hamilton. And birthdays. And my life now has meaning and a sense of narrative again.
— Matt Haig (@matthaig1) May 12, 2020
— p p (@IamPumpkinQueen) May 12, 2020
At this point, we’ll take anything to look forward to and give us a goal to set our sights on. But in this case, we’re being given something truly incredible. Hamilton is not just a fan favorite, but a highly critically acclaimed production as well. The musical received a record-setting 16 nominations at the 2016 Tony Awards, winning 11 of them that year including Best Musical. It also received the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and a Grammy for the Best Musical Theater Album.
It was also a record-breaker, setting a Broadway box office record for the most money grossed in a single week when it grossed $3.3 million for an eight-performance week. It’s the first show to break $3 million in eight performances.
In the words of King George III, awesome, wow.
Author: Angel Wilson
Angel is the admin of The Geekiary and a geek culture commentator. They earned a BA in Film & Digital Media from UC Santa Cruz. They have contributed to various podcasts and webcasts including An Englishman in San Diego, Free to Be Radio, and Genre TV for All. They’ve also written for Friends of Comic Con and is a 2019 Hugo Award winner for contributing fanfic on AO3. They identify as queer.
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