Lin-Manuel Miranda’s preparing to talk American history this week…
TheUndefeated.com will shine a spotlight on the 40-year-old Puerto Rican Broadway star’s Tony Award-winning musical Hamilton with a roundtable discussion.
Titled The Undefeated Presents: Hamilton In-Depth with Kelley Carter, the special will be held on the Friday, July 3, the same day the filmed version of the ground-breaking musical will begin streaming on Disney+.
The roundtable discussion will feature Hamilton director Thomas Kail as well as the musical’s stars Miranda, who created the musical, Daveed Diggs, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Leslie Odom Jr., Anthony Ramos, Phillipa Soo, Christopher Jackson, Jasmine Cephas Jones and Okieriete Onaodowan.
“The story and subject matter that ‘Hamilton’ covers, and the creative vision of its architects and actors, are more timely than ever,” said Jimmy Pitaro, President of ESPN and Co-Chair, Disney Media Networks. “The Undefeated, and Kelley L. Carter, are uniquely positioned to help connect audiences – whether they have never seen the show, or have seen it 10 times – to the creative process, people and significance of ‘Hamilton’ as it debuts on Disney+.”
During the virtual roundtable, Carter will talk to the original Broadwaycast, who all reprise their roles for the filmed version, about the cultural impact of the musical and how the story parallels the current landscape where those in the margins are fighting for change when it comes to systemic racism and social injustice.
“The cast of Hamilton didn’t come to play, said Carter. “They are accomplished performers who created genre-shifting art, but they also understand this unprecedented time in history and why their voices matter. This special isn’t just about one of the most important pieces of work to ever play on Broadway. This is about how art inspires activation. And, well, how activation inspires great art.”