Alexander Hamilton. His name is Alexander Hamilton. And there are a million things he hasn’t done. At this point, I’ve likely infected you with the catchiest earworm since “Master of the House” from Les Miserables. It’s going to get worse because you’ll soon be able to stream Hamilton.
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s instant broadway classic that’s beloved by everyone from Rosie O’Donnell to Dick Cheney will finally be within reach of the people. Getting a ticket to watch founding fathers rap about federalism was damn near impossible for a while, but a recording of the musical featuring the original cast will be available just in time for Independence Day.
Here’s everything you need to know to stream Hamilton.
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What is Hamilton?
Actor and playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda read Ron Chernow’s 2004 biography on Alexander Hamilton, which inspired the musical’s concept. Originally, the show premiered off-Broadway in January 2015. It premiered on Broadway in July 2015, and the rest is musical history. It went on to win 11 Tony Awards, a Grammy, and even landed Miranda and his band of cohorts an invite to perform in the Obama White House.
- Premiered: July 3, 2020
- Channel: Disney+
- Genre: Musical
- Starring: Lin-Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hamilton, Leslie Odom Jr. as Aaron Burr, Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton, Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler, Christopher Jackson as George Washington, Daveed Diggs as Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson, Okieriete Onaodowan as Hercules Mulligan and James Madison, Anthony Ramos as John Laurens and Philip Hamilton, Jasmine Cephas Jones as Peggy Schuyler and Maria Reynolds, Jonathan Groff as King George III
What the critics are saying:
- “Hamilton is a product of its time, conceived and crafted during Barack Obama’s presidency—one of the earliest performances took place at the White House in 2009—but also couldn’t be more timely … Hamilton brings the original Broadway cast album to life and, thanks to [director Thomas] Kail and cinematographer Declan Quinn, gives you the best seat in the house, showing you the nuances that the vocals alone can’t convey in its most accessible form yet.” —Michelle Jaworski, the Daily Dot
- “Would it have been better to be in the room where it happened? Sure, the magic of watching excellent musical theater happening in front of you is impossible to re-create. But as the recent Cats movie proved, sometimes veering too off-course from the stage production isn’t great, either, so why not embrace a filmed version of this spectacular thing? “Hamilton” is an amazing look at our country, how immigrants get the job done, where we’ve been and where we might be going – all portrayed by a mostly non-white cast – that resonates as we celebrate independence during a time when things outside can look a little bleak.” —Brian Truitt, USA Today
Where to stream Hamilton
Disney+ offers one of the most beloved libraries of streaming content online Namely, 500 Walt Disney Studios movies and 7,000 episodes of Walt Disney Television. It also includes selections from Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic, all being members of the Disney family, as well as 30 seasons of The Simpsons. Plus, like any streaming service worth its salt, there are exclusive original productions including Lady and the Tramp, Wandvision, Monsters at Work, and The Mandalorian. One subscription works on up to four devices, and you can even download content directly to your device to watch anytime.
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