34 Days To Go: A Sneak Peek of what you can expect from HAMILTON on Disney+
Filmed on Stage is counting down the days to the streaming premiere of Broadway's HAMILTON this July! Join us for exclusive sneak peeks of what you can expect from the HAMILTON filmed performance throughout the month of June.
Today, with nearly a month to go, here are 5 facts you might not have known about the upcoming HAMILTON film.
1. This is not RadicalMedia's first filmed Broadway production. Watch some of their previous filmed Broadway musicals:
The filmed performance of Hamilton is produced by RadicalMedia, a production studio based in New York which produces projects in a variety of media, including feature films, television, branded content, commercials, live events, and music videos. RadicalMedia was also responsible for other filmed Broadway performances you might have watched, and if not, here's your chance!
Shrek the Musical
Shrek The Musical is a musical with music by Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire. It is based on the 2001 DreamWorks Animation's film Shrek and William Steig's 1990 book Shrek!. Make room for ogre-sized family fun as the greatest fairy tale never told comes to life in a whole new way in this breathtaking Broadway musical adaptation of the hit movie Shrek!
Rent: Filmed Live on Broadway
Based on Puccini's opera La bohème, Rent tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive and create in New York City in the 1990s. This is a live recording of Rent's final performance after more than 12 years and 5000 shows.
Oh, Hello: on Broadway
Two delusional geriatrics reveal curious pasts, share a love of tuna and welcome a surprise guest in this filming of the popular Broadway comedy show.
2. At the time the show was filmed, Jonathan Groff had already left the role of King George. He returned especially for this filming, and here's a video he filmed when working on the movie:
The show was filmed live at the Richard Rogers Theater in New York City in June 2016, over three performances. Jonathan Groff left the original Broadway production in April 2016 - just two months before the filming.
While Hamilton producers did not expect the filmed production to be released publicly when first shot, Lin-Manuel Miranda demanded the original cast (minus ensemble member Betsy Struxness) reunite for what he thought was going to be archival footage of the show. Check out his Instagram video from Jonathan Groff's return to the show in June 2016:
3. This is the second filmed staged production Disney releases in its history, but it is not the last - here's the next one, coming later this year:
This is the second live taping of a Broadway musical Disney has released, following "Disney's Newsies: The Broadway Musical!" (2017), which was also filmed with its original cast. Disney is expected to release their third filmed musical, the West End production of Aladdin, later this year. Click here to read more about the filming of Aladdin.
Disney Presents: Newsies
The rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged 'newsies,' who dreams only of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. When publishing titans raise distribution prices at the newsboys' expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies newsies from across the city to strike and take a stand for what's right.
Disney Presents: Aladdin
Set in the fictional Arabian city of Agrabah, the story follows the familiar tale of a poor young man who is granted three wishes by a genie in a lamp, which he uses to woo a princess and to thwart the sultan's evil Grand Vizier.
4. The capture originally planned to serve the documentary "Hamilton's America" which aired on PBS in 2016.
“Hamilton’s America”, which was originally produced by PBS for Great Performances, blends history, footage of Miranda’s writing process, and scenes from the musical itself to create a vibrant and engaging film about the making of the musical and the preservation of Alexander Hamilton’s legacy. Watch a selection from the movie below.
5. Disney is not expected to censor Hamilton, but rather put a warning for strong language.
Unlike rumors in the theater world, Disney is not expected to censor Hamilton on its streaming platform. Producers hinted that the movie will contain several warnings for strong language, but the audio track, which was presented to Disney in late 2019, will remain untouched. The same will go for the home release of the production, which is expected to be released in 2021.
Join us for the next sneak peek at Hamilton - streaming July 3rd on Disney+!