Disney has acquired the rights to Hamilton. On October 15th, 2021 they will be releasing a 2 hour and 40 minute filmed performance, shot with the original cast into theaters everywhere.
Disney paid $75 MILLION for these rights, and I think it’s well worth it. When the film leaves theaters, it should be a huge draw on the Disney+ platform. I’d love to see this become a trend of lots of great Broadway shows filmed and shown to a wider audience. It would be so cool to be able to relive these performances over and over, but we will (of course) still make the trek to New York City to see the shows live. Speaking of which…
Back in 2016 my sister asked me what I wanted to do for my birthday and I said, “Let’s go see Hamilton!”
We had the time, we had the occasion, but we didn’t have the tickets. They were pretty hot tickets at the time, and still are, even now.
We did some research and decided to hop a bus to NYC and get in line for standby tickets. There was no guarantee that tickets would be available, but basically if the winners of the online lottery don’t show up for the performance, those tickets are given to people waiting in the standby line. We decided to chance it. We sat outside on the sidewalk outside the Richard Rogers Theater in New York City from 8pm Friday night until the 2pm matinee show the following day. We were waaaay early. The next person to join us in line didn’t arrive until 2am. It was a really memorable experience though. We met a bunch of new friends waiting outside with us, sang Hamilton songs, held each-other’s places, froze our butts off, and….. finally…. just before the matinee show, we scored two pairs of standby tickets (front row center) to see Hamilton.
Now, on my birthday – October 15th, 2021 – Hamilton will be released into theaters! Lin Manuel Miranda commented on how a lot of people boast about having seen the show with the original cast, and now with this theater version – everyone will be able to say that! I can’t wait.
Don’t throw away your shot! Everyone should see the show at least once, even if you’re not a ‘musical theater person’. See it October 15th, 2021 from the comfort of those cushy new stadium theater seats in your own town. If you want to familiarize yourself with the show first, the soundtrack is a really great place to start! I keep it in my car all the time. For a first listen, do it all in one shot on a road trip. Super entertaining and fun.