‘Hamilton’ available for streaming on Disney Plus starting on Friday

FILE -- From left, Leslie Odom Jr., Lin-Manuel Miranda, Anthony Ramos, Okieriete Onaodowan and Daveed Diggs in "Hamilton" at the Richard Rodgers Theater in New York, July 11, 2015. Disney announced Tuesday, May 12, 2020, that it plans to stream a filmed version of the stage production beginning July 3 on Disney Plus. (Sara Krulwich/The New York Times)

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Excitement is building for the debut of “Hamilton” on the small screen.

“Hamilton,” the filmed version of the award-winning musical that will be released for streaming on Disney Plus on July 3.

The film was originally scheduled for release in the fall of 2021, but the cancellation of all live performances led the company to move up the release date by more than a year.

The movie consists largely of filmed performances, featuring the original Broadway cast, shot at the Richard Rodgers Theater in June 2016. Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote the musical, stars in the title role.

“Hamilton,” about the life and death of Alexander Hamilton, has been a huge hit since opening on Broadway in 2015. The show won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for drama, as well as 11 Tony Awards, including the prize for best new musical.

In this Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, file photo, Leslie Odom Jr., from left, Phillipa Soo, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Christopher Jackson appear at the curtain call following the opening night performance of "Hamilton" at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York. Fans of Broadway gave producers reasons to smile this Christmas, with 18 of the current 37 shows breaking the $1 million mark for the week, led by “Hamilton,” the new Andrew Lloyd Webber musical “School of Rock _ The Musical” and Disney’s “Aladdin” and “The Lion King.” (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

Credit: Charles Sykes

Credit: Charles Sykes

The show has grossed $650 million on Broadway, where it has been seen by 2.6 million people.

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