‘Hamilton’ – Disney+ streams Broadway hit
American television has a proud tradition of bringing award-winning stage productions to the small screen.
Be it a one-off special on a network or long-running PBS series such as “Great Performances” or “Masterpiece Theatre,” anyone who doesn’t live near New York who has wanted to take in a Broadway show has been able to do so without leaving the comfort of their living room.
The latest comes this month with the arrival of “Hamilton.” Premiering Friday, July 3, on Disney+, the Tony-winning play from director Thomas Kail offers a rap-infused look at Alexander Hamilton’s life and formative role in American history. Starring Lin-Manuel Miranda (who also wrote the musical) in the title role, this production is made up largely of filmed performances featuring the original Broadway cast, shot at the Richard Rodgers Theater in June 2016.
It joins a laundry list of stage productions that have introduced TV viewers to what Broadway is all about, including the following.