Disney Plus just scored yet another major content coup. The streaming service will have the exclusive on the filmed version of the hit musical Hamilton. To watch Hamilton on Disney Plus, you’ll want to sign up for Disney’s streaming service. Right now, you can grab a seven-day free trial at the link below if you haven’t already signed up for the service.
What is Hamilton?
The musical is based on the life of Alexander Hamilton, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Hamilton, the musical, was created by Lin-Manuel Miranda, who also played the title role when it was first performed. He used non-white actors to portray many of the other historical figures in the musical. The songs were also different than what you might expect from a musical set in the 18th century, with a mix of hip-hop, R&B, and soul themes.
After test performances outside of New York City, Hamilton made its official debut in 2015 at the Public Theater. It was an instant critical and sales hit, and quickly transferred to the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway. In 2016, it received 16 Tony Award nominations and won 11 of them, including Best Musical. It also won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Before the COVID-19 outbreak shut down all theater productions, Hamilton was still playing on Broadway, along with a number of official touring companies.
Hamilton on Disney Plus
Two weeks before the original run of Hamilton was completed in June 2016, three performances of the musical were filmed at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Some other footage was shot without an audience. In early 2020, Disney announced it had acquired the rights to the film, with plans to release it to movie theaters in mid-2021. Deadline reported Disney bought the rights to Hamilton for $75 million.
With movie and TV production still stalled for the near future, it looks like Disney wants to make sure its new streaming service continues to release new content during the summer months. That may be the biggest reason why the company decided to place Hamilton on Disney Plus this July 3.
Will you be streaming Hamilton on Disney Plus when it debuts later this year?