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A filmed adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize–winning musical will premiere on Disney Plus on July 3, 2020.

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A filmed adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize–winning musical will premiere on Disney Plus on July 3, 2020.

The live, filmed version of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit musical will be available to stream exclusively on Disney Plus this summer.

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If you’re looking for some news to sing about, you’re in the right place: The live, recorded version of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton will be available to stream on Disney Plus more than a year earlier than planned.

When does Hamilton come to Disney Plus?

On Tuesday, May 12, Disney announced that the filmed adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize–winning stage production will premiere on Disney Plus on July 3, 2020. Disney first announced plans for the Hamilton film in early February, just weeks before the coronavirus pandemic forced strict social-distancing measures across the United States. It was originally slated for theatrical release on October 15, 2021.

The two-hour, 40-minute film consists largely of live recordings from three performances shot at New York City’s Richard Rodgers Theater in June 2016. It features the original cast members, including Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote the musical (which won 11 Tony Awards in 2016) and stars in the title role. 

While its debut on the eve of Independence Day in the United States wasn’t part of Disney’s original plan for the Hamilton movie release, the date is fitting because the musical depicts the American Revolution through the life and death of Alexander Hamilton, one of the nation’s founding fathers. 

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“No other artistic work in the last decade has had the cultural impact of Hamilton,” said Bob Iger, executive chair of the Walt Disney Company, in a press release. “In light of the extraordinary challenges facing our world, this story about leadership, tenacity, hope, love, and the power of people to unite against the forces of adversity is both relevant and impactful.” 

“I’m so proud of how beautifully Tommy Kail has brought Hamilton to the screen,” added Lin-Manuel Miranda in the statement, referring to Thomas Kail, who directed both the film and the original Broadway production. “He’s given everyone who watches this film the best seat in the house,” Miranda said.

Even prior to coronavirus-related shutdowns of movie theaters and performance venues across the country, it was extremely difficult—not to mention expensive—to snag a ticket for Hamilton. The show sold out months in advance and tickets went for prices that were multiple times the cost of Disney Plus’s $7 monthly subscription fee. Now, whether or not you’re among the 2.6 million people who (to date) have been lucky enough to see Hamilton on Broadway, you’ll have the chance to see the acclaimed stage production from the comfort of your own home.