Disney to release Hamilton performance in July on its streaming service

Disney to release Hamilton performance in July on its streaming service

The Tony- and Pulitzer-winning rap musical was supposed to be released in theatres in 2021.

FILE PHOTO: 2018 Kennedy Center Honorees from "Hamilton" make a selfie at US State Depart
FILE PHOTO: 2018 Kennedy Center Honorees from "Hamilton" make a selfie at US State Department

Walt Disney Co will release a film recording of the smash Broadway musical Hamilton on its streaming service on Jul 3, the eve of US Independence Day, the company said on Tuesday (May 12).

Disney had planned to debut the film, which features footage of the live show in June 2016 with creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and the original cast, in movie theaters in Oct 2021. 

But the coronavirus pandemic, which has shuttered Broadway stages and cineplexes, has prompted Disney to adapt its programming strategy.

"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," Disney Executive Chairman Bob Iger said in a statement.

Hamilton is a rap musical in which African-American and Latino actors play the founding fathers of the United States. It won 11 Tony awards and a Pulitzer Prize.

(Source: Reuters)

Source: Reuters

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