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Broadway musicals have been known to have an affect on pop culture, but the sensation that Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton has become is truly unprecedented. The show became a smash hit after its debut on Broadway in 2015, eventually winning an outstanding 11 Tony Awards, as well as a Pulitzer and Grammy. The show has filmed back in 2016 to immortalize the original cast of principal actors, with the Hamilton movie set to arrive on Disney+ in a matter of days. And now we know exactly how the iconic Broadway performance was captured on film.
The upcoming Hamilton movie for Disney+ is directed by Thomas Kail, who also won a Tony for directing Hamilton for the stage. Capturing the show's dizzying choreography, lighting, and characters is a unique challenge, and now we know exactly how Kail and company made this vision into a reality. I was recently on a digital press conference with Hamilton's cast and crew, where the director peeled back the curtain on how exactly the show was captured for film. He said,
It's fascinating to see how the sausage gets made, especially coming from someone who knows Hamilton so intimately. Thomas Kail knew exactly where to put a camera and focus while filming the Broadway cast, as he had conceptualized the show's blocking and direction. This deep connection with the show will no doubt make for a thrilling experience as an audience, with Disney+ subscribers all over the world able to be in the room where it happened.
Hamilton will be available exclusively on Disney+. You can use this link to sign up for the new streaming service.
As Thomas Kail explains, the Hamilton movie will be a mixture of live audience performances, and a day that allowed for a more invasive use of camera work. During his same press conference, Kail went on to explain how that day with an empty theater helped to enhance the filming process, saying:
Well, this makes a great deal of sense. By splicing together the two live performances and day of close-up filming, it sounds like Disney+'s Hamilton will be a truly immersive experience for audience. And as such, the many fans of the show will get to see just how layered the show is, and can see the original actors in the roles that have been played on repeat thanks to the Grammy-winning soundtrack.
One of those OG Hamilton stars is Altered Carbon actress Renee Elise Goldsberry, who won a Tony Award for her performance as Angelica Schuyler. I had the chance to speak with Goldbserry about the Hamilton movie, where she clarified how her material in particular was approached. She said,
That's one thing to look out for one Hamilton becomes available for streaming. Because despite the various camera angles that will be utilized throughout the movie's runtime, most of Renee Elise Goldsberry's work as Angelica is apparently from the uninterrupted live performances. And it sounds like Angelica is finally satisfied, as Goldsberry is excited to share Hamilton with an even wider audience.
Hamilton will arrive on Disney+ on July 3rd. In the meantime, check out our 2020 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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