It’ll be a special 4th of July weekend for Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Disney has announced plans for an earlier release of the filmed version of the 40-year-old Puerto Rican composer, lyricist, singer, rapper, actor, producer and playwright’s award-winning Broadway musical Hamilton.
It will now be released on July 3 on Disney+, accelerating an original October 15, 2021, theatrical release, followed by a Disney+ berth.
Disney Executive Chairman Robert Iger and Miranda, the show’s creator and original star, announced the news on Good Morning America that Hamilton will brighten up the July 4 weekend with the seminal hip-hop American history tale.
The musical won 11 Tony Awards in 2016, as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Disney won the deal with a commitment for a wide global theatrical release for the 2 hour, 40 minute movie, which was shot two weeks before the original cast left the production. This will be even more of a seminal cultural zeitgeist event, one that, as Miranda himself has said, will allow people to avoid having to pay $500 a seat, which they were before the original cast and he moved on.
Prior to the Broadway shutdown, Hamiltonhad remained atop the Broadway box office charts and its total gross since opening in 2015 is more than $636 million, seen by 2.6 million people. Touring companies are in San Francisco, London with another that would have started by now in Los Angeles, and Australia and Germany being eyed.