Hamilton fans, rejoice! The smash-hit musical trip into the history of the founding fathers and the American Revolutionary War is coming to theaters in less than two years. If you’ve been pining away for tickets to Broadway or obsessing over the soundtrack, your wait is nearly over. Disney announced that a live performance of Hamilton, filmed at Richard Rogers Theatre in 2016, will be making its way to excited audiences in Canada and the United States on October 15, 2021.
Lin-Manuel Miranda, the show’s creator and original star, shared in an interview with Variety that the filming took place a week before members of the original cast started to leave the show. In the same interview, he shared his excitement about one day bringing Hamilton to a wider audience beyond fans that can see it on Broadway. “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. We’re stealing that brag from everyone. Because you’re all going to see it with the original cast.”
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Lin-Manuel Miranda, Daveed Diggs, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Angelica Schuyler, Leslie Odom Jr., Christoper Jackson, Jonathan Groff, Phillipa Soo, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Okieriete Onanaodowan, and Anthony Ramos all take the stage in the recording.
While some fans have hoped for a film adaptation, what’s coming might be even better. Disney filmed the musical using a process they call “live capture.” This isn’t a film adaptation, it is a live recording edited to bring a Broadway experience to the screen. In a press release announcing the film, Miranda said, “I’m so proud of what [director] Tommy Kail has been able to capture in this filmed version of Hamilton—a live theatrical experience that feels just as immediate in your local movie theater. We’re excited to partner with Disney to bring the original Broadway company of Hamilton to the largest audience possible.”
And the audience will be huge. Hamilton will appear in theaters before being made available for streaming via Disney Plus (which has nearly 30 million subscribers) sometime afterward. History–and musical theatre fans everywhere–have their eyes on this musical event. We’ll be counting down the days until October 2021.