Originally released in 2015 on Broadway, the hip-hop infused musical about founding father Alexander Hamilton became an instant smash hit. Most people had to pay hundreds or thousands of dollars to get seats at the frequently sold-out shows, but now anybody with a Disney Plus subscription can enjoy it from their own home.
Director Thomas Kail put together the Disney Plus version after filming several live performances during the show’s original run. “Hamilton” was originally going to hit theaters on Oct. 15, 2021, but Disney moved up the release date in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and the drought of films as theaters were shuttered.
Creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda live tweeted his thoughts during a watch-along with fans on Twitter, and other cast members and celebrities poured in their love for “Hamilton” on Friday.
Miranda shared some inside secrets about the filmed version, like the fireworks appearing over the Disney logo as the movie starts. He also revealed a “Macbeth” quote that was scrapped from the final version and an improvised line that Daveed Diggs came up with as Thomas Jefferson in the second act.
Vanessa Nadal, Miranda’s wife, also joined in on the live tweeting, saying she’d always boo in the audience when her husband kissed someone else on stage.
She also revealed that Miranda was overjoyed after seeing Renée Elise Goldsberry audition, saying he “finally found a woman to tell the story in the rap instead of getting eaten by the rap.” Goldsberry, who plays Angelica Schuyler and showcases her speedy rap skills in the song “Satisfied,” showed her appreciation for the kind note.
See what other cast members and celebrities, like Jimmy Fallon, Kerry Washington and Ben Schwartz, had to say about the exciting premiere of “Hamilton.”