Disney to bring hit musical Hamilton to the big screen

The hit Pulitzer prize-winning musical Hamilton will be in cinemas worldwide in 2021 after a deal with Disney reportedly worth $75m.

The 160-minute film was shot in 2016, two weeks before the original cast left the Broadway show and is being described as a cinematic stage performance that will combine “the best elements of live theater and film”. It’s based on three live performances that will allow for multiple angles.

Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda tweeted out the news while Deadline has claimed since, via sources, that the $75m acquisition is a new record. Once the film has been shown in cinemas, it will then go to the studio’s new streaming service Disney+.

“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,” Disney’s CEO, Bob Iger, said. All who saw it with the original cast will never forget that singular experience. And we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to share this same Broadway experience with millions of people around the world.”

The show tells the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton through R&B, hip-hop and soul music. It was awarded the Pulitzer prize for drama in 2016 and won 11 Tony awards. It has since been seen in cities across the world including London and this year will move to Toronto and Hamburg.

“I’m so proud of what [director] Tommy Kail has been able to capture in this filmed version of Hamilton– a live theatrical experience that feels just as immediate in your local movie theater,” Miranda said. “We’re excited to partner with Disney to bring the original Broadway company of Hamilton to the largest audience possible.”

Hamilton will hit cinemas on 15 October 2021.

Taken from: https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2020/feb/03/hamilton-musical-cinemas-disney