'Hamilton' Movie: When the Stage Recording is Out in Cinemas and Disney Plus and What Fans Can Expect

Hamilton fans will soon be the (cinema screening) room where it happens, after creator Lin-Manuel Miranda revealed that Disney has bought the rights to an original cast recording of the musical featuring its original cast, due to come to movie theaters in 2021. Rather than a "movie" version of the play, this will be a recording of the stage show, recorded in June 2016, a few weeks before the original cast ended their run in the smash-hit Broadway show.

When will Hamilton be out in cinemas and on Disney+?

On February 3, Miranda tweeted: "Disney presents: Hamilton. With The Original Broadway Cast. Filmed onstage at The Richard Rodgers Theatre. In A Theater Near You.October 15, 2021.#Hamilfilm."

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This release date comes over five years after the recording itself was made, due to the makers of the musical making distribution companies pledge they would not release the film into cinemas until 2020. They may have also pushed it into 2021 to stop it competing with In the Heights, the movie version of another Miranda musical coming to screens in June 2020.

Deadline has confirmed that the Hamilton recording will come to Disney+, though a release date has not been announced yet. Usually with traditional movies, there is a seven-month gap between cinematic and streaming release, allowing the film to be released on DVD and BluRay before it streams. However, Disney may choose to forgo this and have Hamilton move from cinemas straight to streaming, meaning that the recording could be on the streamer by the end of 2021.

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Who will star in the Hamilton film?

The cast of Hamilton as it was in June 2016 will all appear in the stage recording of the musical. This means that fans will be able to relive the following performances:

  • Lin-Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hamilton
  • Daveed Diggs as Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson
  • Renée 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
  • Anthony Ramos as John Laurens/Philip Hamilton
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Lin-Manuel Miranda (center) and the rest of the original "Hamilton" cast will appear in a filmed version of the musical Getty

What fans can expect from the Hamilton film?

To create the stage recording, director Tommy Kail (who also helmed the stage version) combined footage from three separate live performances featuring an audience, as well as set-up shots without one.

All footage has been shot from multiple angles to make the experience more cinematic, as has become the standard way of shooting these so-called "event cinema" productions that bring theatre and opera to cinema screens. The full 2-hour 40-minute musical will be presented in the cinema version.

In a statement, Disney CEO Bob Iger said of the production: "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. And we're thrilled to have the opportunity to share this same Broadway experience with millions of people around the world."

Miranda added: "I fell in love with musical storytelling growing up with the legendary Howard Ashman-Alan Menken Disney collaborations—The Little Mermaid, Beauty and The Beast, Aladdin. I'm so proud of what 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. We're excited to partner with Disney to bring the original Broadway company of Hamilton to the largest audience possible."

Hamilton is coming to cinemas on October 15, 2021.

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