Disney’s filmed version of Lin Manuel Miranda’s multi-award winning musical Hamilton will receive a worldwide release on its new streaming service on 3 July 2020, more than a year earlier than planned.
The musical had originally been slated for theatrical release in October 2021, but has been brought forward in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Disney’s film of the original Broadway production was captured live at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York in 2016, and features the show’s creator Lin-Manuel Miranda in the title role alongside Leslie Odom Jr, Jonathan Groff and Renée Elise Goldsberry.
Miranda said: “I’m so proud of how beautifully Tommy Kail has brought Hamilton to the screen. He’s given everyone who watches this film the best seat in the house.
“I’m so grateful to Disney and Disney+ for reimagining and moving up our release to July 4 weekend of this year, in light of the world turning upside down. I’m so grateful to all the fans who asked for this, and I’m so glad that we’re able to make it happen.”
Robert A Iger, executive chairman of the Walt Disney Company, added: “No other artistic work in the last decade has had the cultural impact of Hamilton – an inspiring and captivating tale told and performed in a powerfully creative way. In light of the extraordinary challenges facing our world, this story about leadership, tenacity, hope, love and the power of people to unite against the forces of adversity is both relevant and impactful.”
Nominated for a record breaking 16 Tony Awards in the 2016 awards season, eventually winning 11 awards, including Best Musical, Miranda’s smash-hit musical has become an international hit phenomenon and box-office gold. The multi-layered show tells the story of one of America’s founding fathers with a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and musical theatre.