“Hamilton,” the Broadway film, starts streaming on Disney Plus on July 3, 2020. [#Hamilfilm](/culture/new/Hamilfilm)
The film is a Broadway show live-capture from some of the final Broadway performances by the original cast. It combines theatrical footage of the performance with additional footage that puts you on stage like one of the characters.
The footage covers the entire Broadway show. It’s 161 minutes and includes and intermission.
The film would have remained in Disney vaults until October 2021, but the COVID-19 Pandemic made Disney decide to release it in streaming now instead of a future theatrical release.
The movie won’t produce the same financial results for Disney and the producers. Thank you Miranda and Disney for giving our country something we really need now – to feel good about ourselves.
“Hamilton” is the Broadway Show of Our Generation
“Hamilton” tells the story of Alexander Hamilton, one of the founding fathers of the United States.
The play was written by Lin-Manuel Miranda a theatre prodigy (“In the Heights”) who is a New Yorker with a Puerto Rican heritage.
Shows about the U.S. Revolutionary Period are usually lily-white. Miranda cast Black and Brown people. Audiences loved the idea that someone colored like me, could do amazing things. It’s the exact opposite of how we are usually represented.
“Hamilton” is the most important Broadway show of our generation. It has become part of popular culture. High school kids sing the songs from memory.
Broadway performances at the Richard Rodgers Theater are usually sold out, and box office tickets can cost nearly a thousand dollars if you can find them months in advance.
“Hamilton” Broadway won the 2016 Tony Award for Best New Musical, and the Pulitzer Prize for drama. The cast album has charted for almost five years now.
The play first ran Off-Broadway at New York’s Public Theater which also launched “Hair.” The Public Theater, who runs Shakespeare in the Park, produces amazing productions that often capture or speak to the spirit of the time.
Alexander Hamilton was an Immigrant
He was born in Nevis in the West Indies which made him an immigrant. If you’re an immigrant or the child of immigrants, you know how hard that road is. We work twice as hard, maintain strong family structures, and stay out of trouble just to be equal.
The man’s résumé is hard to beat. He founded the U.S. financial system, the first U.S. political party, the U.S. Coast Guard and the New York Post. Hamilton was the first Secretary of the Treasury.
He is buried at Trinity Church in NYC’s Financial District.
Miranda’s Multicultural Perspective is Very Puerto Rican
Miranda’s multicultural point of view is very Puerto Rican. We are much more integrated. We suffer from racism too, but not as violently as racism is expressed on the mainland.
Failed Reconstruction after the Civil War allowed Confederate traitors to reenter all levels of U.S. government and poison it from the inside. The Confederacy didn’t touch Puerto Rico, so we don’t have that particular evil among us. Black Lives Matter is coming out now because America lost the Civil War, like we lost Iraq. We allowed the bad guys back in.
“Hamilton” with Lin-Manuel Miranda and the Original Broadway Cast (Hamilton)
Thank you Lin-Manuel, the producers and Disney.