News - February 4, 2020

Hamilton coming to cinemas in 2021, Disney splashes $75 million to secure rights
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Hamilton coming to cinemas in 2021, Disney splashes $75 million to secure rights

Smash-hit musical Hamilton is coming to cinemas in 2021. 

The musical, which was created by Lin-Manuel Miranda, has been running on Broadway since 2015, and has since opened in Chicago and London, as well as taking on three US tours. 

It will now be brought to cinemas on October 15th in 2021, having been filmed onstage back in 2016. 

The 160-minute film was shot two weeks before the original cast, which included both Miranda and Leslie Odom Jnr, left the Broadway show and is based on three live performances that will allow for multiple angles.

Disney will distribute the performance, having paid a reported $75 million for the rights. 

Speaking about the release, Miranda said: "I fell in love with musical storytelling growing up with the legendary Howard Ashman-Alan Menken Disney collaborations – The Little Mermaid, Beauty And The Beast, Aladdin."

He continued: "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 theatre. We’re excited to partner with Disney to bring the original Broadway company of Hamilton to the largest audience possible."

Disney CEO Bob Iger added: "Lin-Manuel Miranda created an unforgettable theatre experience and a true cultural phenomenon, and it was for good reason that Hamilton was hailed as an astonishing work of art."

He continued: "All who saw it with the original cast will never forget that singular experience. And we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to share this same Broadway experience with millions of people around the world.”

Hamilton is due to open in Canada, Australia and Germany in the coming months. 

You can check out the musical's soundtrack here in hmv's online store. 

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