Hamilton Coming to a Theater Near You


Lexi Ariete, Contributor

Hamilton is a Broadway musical created by Lin-Manuel Miranda that premiered in January 2015, and won 11/16 nominations, one of them being, Best Musical. It was inspired by a biography of Alexander Hamilton from 2004.  The story explains the life of Alexander Hamilton, along with other perspectives of people impacted by his actions, like, Aaron Burr, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson. Significant events, such as the Summer of 1776, or the death of Hamilton appear in the musical. Showings still go on, with different casts than the original one. Of course, those who want to see it, but do not have the chance to; listen to the music on their preferred streaming platforms. 

For all of the Hamilton fans, Disney and Lin-Manuel Miranda are working together with the original cast to produce Hamilton:The Movie. Leslie Odom Jr. as Aaron Burr, Phillipa Soo as Eliza, and Renee Elise Goldsberry as Angelica, just to name a few of the original cast. Miranda will be directing alongside Jeffrey Seller, and Thomas Kail. The estimated release date for the movie is October 15, 2021 in both the US and Canada. Ever since 2015, Miranda has been wanting to release a movie with the original cast. 

The movie is going to take a “live capture” of Hamilton, letting the audience experience a different point of view of Hamilton. Chicago Tribune mentioned that they will be using some pre-recorded film from June 2016 with the original cast, which Miranda never released to the public. The show was shot with several different angles, with no audience, so that it could capture the cinematic feel of the movie. Miranda thought of the idea that since the film was already shot back in 2016, everyone has not aged, and will not look odd playing their characters. 

Disney paid about $75 million to get rights, which may be one of Disney’s largest film acquisition. Other companies such as Netflix, were also fighting for rights over the Hamilton movie. The approximated time is about 2 hours and 40 minutes long. After the movie’s showing in theaters, Disney will be adding it onto Disney+. A writer from Yahoo said that it is possible that Hamilton being turned into a movie could also inspire other musicals to rise up and help the musical industry grow. Although Hamilton is a great musical to see in person, people are hoping that the movie does not result the same as the movie, “Cats,” which lost around $40 million, even with the well-known cast members. 

Miranda has hope for the upcoming movie after his previous work with Disney. He starred in, “Mary Poppins Returns,” and wrote songs for, “Moana.” He wanted to avoid people having to pay the $500 that they would have to pay to see the original cast. 

Disney chief-executive and chairman, Bob Iger,  stated, “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.”