‘Hamilton’ sails its way from Broadway to theaters

The Broadway musical will be in theaters, featuring the original cast

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The ‘Hamilton’ film will feature the original Broadway cast, with creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, playing the role of Alexander Hamilton.

Melanie Careri, Staff Writer

It’s common for books, plays and musicals to turn into movies. However, it’s not very common for a Broadway musical to be filmed for movie theaters where anyone can watch it on the big screen. This is exactly what actor, singer, producer and playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda and Disney decided to do for Miranda’s, “Hamilton.”

On Feb. 3, Miranda and Disney announced on Twitter that the Broadway musical was filmed at The Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York City, and the movie version will be released on Oct. 15, 2021. 

“Hamilton” is a hip-hop musical that tells the story of founding father Alexander Hamilton. With its diverse cast, fast-paced storytelling, exciting dance routines and, of course, its unique choice of musical style, “Hamilton” has been a hit on Broadway since 2015. 

Since “Hamilton” has won 11 Tony Awards and a 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the show is widely known. Even though the show is so popular, there are some people who do not have the opportunity to see it live. Therefore, Miranda and director Thomas Kail decided that turning the show into a movie will give more people the opportunity to watch it. Disney paid $75 million to hold and distribute the film version of “Hamilton.”

Disney, Broadway and history lovers are ecstatic for the film’s release. Celebrity fans have even posted on Twitter about how excited they are. 

“AND THE WORLD TURNED UPSIDE DOWN!!! You are Non Stop @Lin_Manuel! I’m gonna wait for it with bated breath and I’m sure we will be more than satisfied,” actress Katherine McNamara posted on Twitter. 

Star Wars actor Mark Hamill is also excited about the film’s release. 

“Truth is that @HamillHimself can’t wait to WATCH this film version of Hamilton (no need for rebranding). #StarWars fans should be excited about it, too!” Hamill wrote on Twitter.  

Not only are “Hamilton” fans excited for the film’s release, but so are the cast and production team of the film. 

“We worked a very long time to make the very best piece of theater possible, and Tommy has translated that into an exciting film version, where you have the best seat in the house with the original cast,” Miranda said to The New York Times. “The ability to democratize this is a really rare privilege.” 

The fact that the original cast is in the film is what makes the project even more exciting for people. 

“What I’m most excited about is there will be a point at which, you all have that friend who brags, I saw it with the original cast,” Miranda said to CBS News. “We’re stealing that brag from everyone because you’re all going to see it with the original cast. We’re just trying to find the right time to do it.”

Director Thomas Kail and producer Jeffery Seller filmed the show in different settings. They filmed a matinee and night performance with a live audience present and then shot close ups of the cast in an empty theatre. With the different angles, people will get to see “Hamilton” in a way they’ve never seen before. Kail and the creative team are still trying to figure out with Disney how to arrange and present the footage. However, Miranda does not seem to be concerned with the final product. 

“My creative experiences with Disney have been very positive, and the reach they provide is what you want,” Miranda said to  The New York Times. 

With a grossing $636 million and an audience of 2.6 million people since 2015, “Hamilton” has so far been a timeless hit for people of all ages. Miranda and Kail have worked with Disney before and have succeeded. The hip-hop biography will be seen by more people and will become another successful addition to Disney and Miranda films.