To celebrate “Hamilton,” the filmed version of the original Broadway production which premieres this Friday, July 3, 2020 on Disney+, the studio has released a special look at the Tony Award® and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical. Please share it and don’t forget to check out this unforgettable cinematic stage performance this Friday when it streams globally on Disney+.
The filmed version of the original Broadway production of “Hamilton” combines the best elements of live theater, film and streaming to bring the cultural phenomenon to homes around the world for a thrilling, once-in-a-lifetime experience. “Hamilton” is the story of America then, told by America now. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway, “Hamilton” has taken the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a revolutionary moment in theatre—a musical that has had a profound impact on culture, politics, and education.
Filmed at The Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway in June of 2016, the film transports its audience into the world of the Broadway show in a uniquely intimate way. With book, music, and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda and direction by Thomas Kail, “Hamilton” is inspired by the book “Alexander Hamilton” by Ron Chernow and produced by Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeffrey Seller, with Sander Jacobs and Jill Furman serving as executive producers.
Lin-Manuel Miranda and cast share why Hamilton on Disney+ is a cultural phenomenon. On June 17th, 2020 I was invited by Disney+ to join a Hamilton virtual press conference with the cast, so please enjoy some of the highlights of the conference
Daveed Diggs (Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson)
Renée Elise Goldsberry (Angelica Schuyler)
Jonathan Groff (King George)
Christopher Jackson (George Washington)
Jasmine Cephas Jones (Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds)
Lin-Manuel Miranda (Alexander Hamilton)
Leslie Odom, Jr. (Aaron Burr)
Okieriete Onaodowan (Hercules Mulligan/James Madison)
Anthony Ramos (John Laurens/Philip Hamilton)
Phillipa Soo (Eliza Hamilton)
DIALOGUE WITH JACQUELINE COLEY, THOMAS KAIL, LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA, ALEX LACAMOIRE, DAVEED DIGGS, RENEE ELISE GOLDSBERRY, CHRISTOPHER JACKSON, JASMINE CEPHAS JONES, LESLIE ODOM, JR., OKIERIETE ONAODOWAN, PHILLIPA SOO FILE NAME:
JACQUELINE: Daveed Diggs playing Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Kail. We have Renee Elise Goldsberry playing Angelica Schuyler. We have Christopher Jackson playing George Washington. We have Jasmine Cephas Jones who played Maria Reynolds and Peggy. We have Leslie Odom, Jr. who played Aaron Burr. We have Okieriete Onaodowan who played James Madison, as well as Hercules Mulligan. Thomas and Lin, I’m gonna start it off with you guys because I think a lot of folks that are gonna be watching this were expecting to see this in theaters. Like you were gonna have a big party. It was gonna be great. But you guys decided that now is the time to release it and you wanted to release it July 3rd on Disney Plus. So break us down the decision and, again, why now?
LIN-MANUEL: Uh, sure, I’ll start. Um, I think one of the- one of the crazy things to acknowledge is that everyone in on this Zoom, we all got strapped to a rocket at some point in 2015. Um, there is nothing like what happened to all of us while we were doing our eight shows a week, um, and one of the things that we realized pretty early on was… Two things. One, this is worthless if we don’t get kids in to see the show. So we created the EduHam Experience so that, uh, students could come see Hamilton even though tickets were getting crazy in the resale market of it all.
And two, the issue of accessibility. Um, it was a challenge. It continues to be a challenge, um, to-to get folks into the theater when we serve it to 13 hundred people at a time at the Rogers. And so, we really, um, worked hard to, uh-to be able to document this incredible company uh, before it started changing, before that first year contract, uh, ran out, and we-we got it done the week before we began to leave.
Um, and we filmed, uh, what… The movie you’re going to see was filmed the week before Ariana Debose and Leslie and Pippa and I, uh, left the show. Um, but-um, the gift of that, of doing that work back then, and planning an independent movie while you’re still doing a show which I can’t believe we had the bandwidth to do, um, is that now in this moment where there is no theater, um, we have the gift of this show and the snapshot of-of this moment and I’m really-I’m really grateful for that. Tom.
JACQUELINE: Uh, no. Um, moving onto the cast. Um, again, this is going out to so many people and I’ve spoken to some of you and a lot of you have said that it getting to children was a huge part of why you loved it but I just wanna ask you individually what you’re excited about knowing that it’s about to reach millions of people and in one weekend it’ll surpass everything that you’ve done with all touring shows. And I’m gonna start with you, Alex, if you don’t mind.
ALEX: Um, you know, I-I love that, um, this is gonna be another way to experience the show. Um, when we were performing at the public theater, the only way you could see a show was to go to the public theater. Same thing once we got to Broadway. Then, when the cast album came out, that was a new way to experience the-the musical. And that was just the oral experience, right? You had to, in a way, kinda conjure up in your mind what you think the show would look like. So here, it’s a way for us to present what th-this version of the show is like. And what I mean by this version, I mean, this version with this cast at that point in time in June of 2016 ‘cause what we’ve learned, um…
And-and, one of the things I love about this piece is that as we’ve gotten to, uh, mount other productions, as we’ve gotten to include other people into our family, it’s been really fun to go back to this photo album and be like, oh, yeah, that’s the way the-the-the show, uh, happened with this gr-particular group of people and I have all these memories about sitting at the piano with Pippa and figuring out how the riffs of Helpless would end. You know, and sit there with Leslie at the end of The Room Where it Happens and think about all these choices that we made to present this thing and all these other, uh, incarnations that have happened since.
But being able to go back to that and remembering some of the choices that we made and some of the-the history that goes into it, I-I love that we’ll be able to share what it was like at that moment in time because theater, by nature, i-i-is a live event, right? It’s something where people all commune in one designated area to experience something live at that moment in time. And here’s one way to look at what it looked like at that moment which was then the cast album and different than what you’d see if you saw the show, uh, today. Um, so I-I love that we’ll be able to give another, uh, version of what the show, uh, looks and sounds like.
JACQUELINE: He gave you the bops too, man. Like let’s be honest. He… [LAUGHS] You took over the show. You got some really… Everyone’s got great songs, but [LAUGHS]… Um, I don’t wanna give… Chris, I don’t wanna give you the book report question if you don’t want it, but did you have anything that you want-that you thought-that like you thought folks should know about George Washington? I feel like everybody knows already.
DAVEED: Chris was born ready for this book report question.
CHRISTOPHER: He spent money he didn’t have than he [INAUDIBLE].
CHRISTOPHER: He is credited with creating the American Mule. Uh, he done freed the slaves after he died.
CHRISTOPHER: You know, like, I mean, you know, the things that you have to do to get on the dollar bill. Um, I took the approach that I took because I, in my career, had not been, uh, fortunate enough to have a lot of source material for any of the roles that I’ve been able to play. And so, this was, for me, an experience to kind of like… The- the-the pages of the book gave me an opportunity to-to examine my process in a different kind of way and it made it super enjoyable, um, because it allowed me to-to know what was happening from moment of inflection to moment of reflection, right?
CHRISTOPHER: It’s not called Washington. It’s called Hamilton. So I needed to know what was happening when I walked into a scene and I was gonna tell, you know, Hamilton to get-you know, to go do this or get in a fight with him or whatever, uh, where we-where the-where the army was, where the battle was, uh, won or lost and how that would’ve influenced my interactions with Hamilton and those that were around him. So I used this… I did use it as an exercise and because the source material that I was, uh, borrowing from was from the same author that inspired Lin to-to move into this space with Hamilton, it was, uh-it was really, really interesting for me to have the experience of, uh, sort of expanding my understanding of their relationship.
LIN-MANUEL: Hopefully, in the same way that Les Miserable was written in French, uh, is relevant for an international audience. Uh, revolution is universal. Uh, the story of what you do with the life you’re given is, hopefully, universal. Um, this is a good moment to make an apology which is that we were hoping to have multi-language tracks for the movie when it came out next October. But because we moved up the timeline that’s gonna sort of happen as its available, uh, and ready in terms of subtitles and alternative, uh-uh, soundtracks.
LIN-MANUEL: Um, so that’s something that we will work on as-as it happens. Uh, I pity the people who have to translate the thousand and thousands of words in this show. Um, and, uh-but-but, you know, the hope is that… I’ve told this story a million times. But opening night of Fiddler on the Roof in Japan, uh, an audience member comes to the creative team and says, excuse me, are you guys involved in the show? And we go, yes. And-uh, I heard this, uh, opened in America, how is that possible? It’s so Japanese.
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