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Musical Hamilton goes from Broadway to America's living rooms

Musical Hamilton goes from Broadway to America's living rooms

FILE PHOTO: 2018 Kennedy Center Honors

Five years after taking Broadway by storm with its multi-racial, hip-hop take on America's founding fathers, Hamilton arrives in millions of homes on Friday (Jul 3) as a film.

Shot over three days in 2016 at the stage musical featuring the original cast, the film lands on the Disney+ streaming service as the United States celebrates Independence Day weekend.

For creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda, it's a chance to connect with people at a time of global restrictions to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Live theatre in the US has been shut down since mid-March.

"It actually feels great that we have the ability to give this as a gift in this moment," said Miranda. "This reminder that hey, live theatre is wonderful. Don't forget about us when we are able to come back."

The musical, which won 11 Tony Awards, tells America's past from the perspective of the present day. It casts Black and Latino actors to play Alexander Hamilton, George Washington, Aaron Burr and other white historical figures as scrappy young revolutionaries seeking independence from Britain more than 200 years ago.

Rather than a movie version of the stage show, the Hamilton film gives audiences the best seats in the house.

"We're not cutting for time and we're not moving scenes around," said director Thomas Kail.

"What I was trying to do is use the lens to give the audience intimacy and also remind them of what it felt like to be in the theatre at that moment in time."

(Source: Reuters)

Source: Reuters/sr