By now you’ve heard that the Hamilton movie will skip the move theaters and go right to streaming. Well, that day is here!
The film was originally scheduled for wide release in movie theaters this October — and then that was shifted to October, 2021 after public events became unfeasible and the world turned upside down.
Instead, the “Hamilfilm” will stream exclusively on Disney Plus, beginning July 3, 2020 at 3 a.m. — over a year ahead of its planned release.
The film was shot over three days, during the original Broadway run — which means you can see the original cast starring in their iconic roles.
Disney reportedly paid $75 million for the rights to bring Hamilton to the big screen, in the form of an original cast stage performance. The industry giant still plans to do a fully mounted big-screen version of Hamilton, but is not expected to jeopardize profits until the public is ready to sit in a crowded movie theater again.
In the Heights, another musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda, was supposed to run in theaters this summer, but that release was pushed to June of 2021 after public events became unfeasible.
The Hamilton musical won 11 Tony Awards in 2016, as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Press photo by Joan Marcus, courtesy of Atlantic Records
About the Hamilton movie
The movie consists of live performances that were shot over three nights on Broadway, at the Richard Rodgers Theater. The filming took place in June 2016, when the original Broadway cast was still performing. Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote the musical, stars in the title role as Alexander Hamilton.
This is a big difference from other musicals, like CATS and Chicago that were adapted for the big screen with major changes to scripts and sets.
The release date of July 3rd is no accident. The award-winning musical chronicles the events leading up to and just after the American Revolution, when a new nation was born.
A note to parents:
We’ve seen the stage show several times, and there were always children in the audience. But you should know that some of the song lyrics contain strong language, including an F-bomb. While there is a “clean” version of the original-cast soundtrack, no such thing exists for the movie.
How to watch the Hamilton movie
The film will stream exclusively on Disney Plus.
Disney Plus is an on-demand, ad-free, streaming service that features a huge collection of movies and TV shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, the Star Wars franchise, National Geographic, and 20th Century Fox.
The streaming service costs $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year (which is a savings of 16% over paying monthly).
The 7-day free trial has been suspended, in advance of the Hamilton release date. So you’ll need to pay for a minimum of one month — but for that $7, you can watch the Hamilfilm as often as you’d like, and then cancel the service if you don’t renew for another month.
Considering theater tickets at the Fabulous Fox went for as much as $800 back in 2018, this is a real bargain.
The movie will become available to stream at 3 a.m. on July 3, 2020.
Verizon Wireless customers can watch for FREE
If you’re a Verizon Wireless customer with the Unlimited plan, OR if you switch to Fios or 5G home Internet, you can get a year of Disney Plus for FREE.
After the first year, you’ll pay $6.99 a month to continue the service. It will auto-renew on your Verizon bill unless you cancel.
To redeem this offer, you must have been enrolled with Verizon Wireless prior to August 19, 2020.
If you already bought a subscription to Disney Plus, you can still take advantage of this free year. Just sign up for it — your existing subscription will be paused and will resume after the free year.
Details here — be sure you read the fine print.
According to Business Insider, redeeming the offer can be a bit confusing. If you have trouble, check their instructions in this article.
The Hamilton official trailer