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News: ‘Hamilton’ Movie With Lin-Manuel Miranda and Original Broadway Cast on Disney+ on July 3rd 2020

[ Written on May 13 2020 by Francesca ]

The COVID-19 world wide emergency changes Disney’s plans for the release of the recording of the Original Broadway Cast of Hamilton. Originally set to hit theaters on October 15, 2021, the movie will stream on Diney+ on July 3rd 2020.

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Disney Executive Chairman Robert Iger made the announcement live on May 12 on Good Morning America.

Official Statement: BURBANK, Calif. (May 12, 2020)—The Walt Disney Company, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jeffrey Seller and Thomas Kail are pleased to announce that Disney+ will fast track the premiere of the filmed version of the original Broadway production of “Hamilton,” bringing the 11-time-Tony Award®-, GRAMMY Award®-, Olivier Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning stage musical to homes around the world on July 3, 2020.

Producers for “Hamilton,” the film of the original Broadway production, include Miranda, Seller, and Kail, who also directs.

The film is a leap forward in the art of “live capture” which transports its audience into the world of the Broadway show in a uniquely intimate way. Combining the best elements of live theater, film, and streaming, the result is a cinematic stage performance that is a wholly new way to experience “Hamilton.”

“No other artistic work in the last decade has had the cultural impact of ‘Hamilton’—an inspiring and captivating tale told and performed in a powerfully creative way. In light of the extraordinary challenges facing our world, this story about leadership, tenacity, hope, love and the power of people to unite against the forces of adversity is both relevant and impactful,” said Robert A. Iger, Executive Chairman of The Walt Disney Company. “We are thrilled to bring this phenomenon to Disney+ on the eve of Independence Day, and we have the brilliant Lin-Manuel Miranda and the team behind ‘Hamilton’ to thank for allowing us to do so more than a year before planned.”

“I’m so proud of how beautifully Tommy Kail has brought ‘Hamilton’ to the screen. He’s given everyone who watches this film the best seat in the house,” said Lin-Manuel Miranda. “I’m so grateful to Disney and Disney+ for reimagining and moving up our release to July 4th weekend of this year, in light of the world turning upside down. I’m so grateful to all the fans who asked for this, and I’m so glad that we’re able to make it happen. I’m so proud of this show. I can’t wait for you to see it.”

Filmed at The Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway in June of 2016, “Hamilton” features Tony Award® winners Lin-Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hamilton; Daveed Diggs as Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson; Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler; Leslie Odom, Jr. as Aaron Burr; Tony Award nominees Christopher Jackson as George Washington; Jonathan Groff as King George; Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton; and Jasmine Cephas Jones as Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds; Okieriete Onaodowan as Hercules Mulligan/James Madison; and Anthony Ramos as John Laurens/Philip Hamilton.

The cast also includes Carleigh Bettiol, Ariana DeBose, Hope Easterbrook, Sydney James Harcourt, Sasha Hutchings, Thayne Jasperson, Elizabeth Judd, Jon Rua, Austin Smith, Seth Stewart and Ephraim Sykes.

News: ‘We Are Freestyle Love Supreme’ heads to Hulu

[ Written on April 30 2020 by Francesca ]

Hulu has announced the release of We Are Freestyle Love Supreme, the documentary about the titular hip-hop improv group co-founded by Lin-Manuel Miranda that originally premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. The documentary is scheduled to premiere on June 5.
Directed by Andrew Fried, the film chronicles Freestyle Love Supreme’s journey from the basement of the Drama Bookshop to stage success. Fried began filming when the group first toured the show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2005, and the documentary shows footage of the troupe, including Miranda, Kail, Christopher Jackson, James Monroe Iglehart and more.

DEADLINE: The Andrew Fried-directed documentary We Are Freestyle Love Supreme produced by Hamilton icon Lin-Manuel Miranda has found a home at Hulu and will hit the streamer June 5.

The docu made its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and spotlights the 15-year journey of the hip-hop improvisational group founded by Miranda, Thomas Kail and Anthony Veneziale. The group called Freestyle Love Supreme was formed long before Hamilton and In The Heights hit Broadway. Fried began chronicling the group in the summer of 2005, documenting the early days of Freestyle Love Supreme beatboxing and rapping on the sidewalks. Fast forward 14 years later and Fried brings us to a reunion with a series of shows in New York City that led to a triumphant run on Broadway.

In addition to Miranda, Kail and Veneziale, the docu features Arthur Lewis, Christopher Jackson, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Chris Sullivan, Bill Sherman, James Monroe Iglehart and Andrew Bancroft.

Miranda produces alongside Kail Jenny & Jon Steingart, Jill Furman, Sarina Roma, Fried and Endeavor Content.

News: ‘In The Heights’ will open in theaters in Summer 2021

[ Written on April 22 2020 by Francesca ]

After been postponed indefinitely, In The Heights has a new date release: June 18, 2021.

DEADLINE: Warner Bros. now will release Jon M. Chu’s In the Heights on June 18, 2021. The movie based on the hit Broadway musical originally was expected to open on June 26 this year, but the COVID-19 shutdown of theaters pushed the movie off Warners’ calendar.

In the Heights is a feature take on Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes’ four-time Tony-winning 2008 musical.

In the Heights is set in the Hispanic-American community of New York City’s bustling Washington Heights. When the neighborhood’s charismatic local bodega owner, and the pic’s humble narrator, finally decides to fulfill his dream of going to the island his parents called home, his departure will change his beloved block forever.

Miranda, the star, producer and author of the Tony-winning In the Heights and later Hamilton, told talk series host Rosie O’Donnell last month: “We were literally recording the score when all of this started happening. There’s a lot that remains to be done on that movie. We were finishing the score and the mixing and just getting the music exactly right.”

Anthony Bregman, Mara Jacobs, Scott Sanders and Miranda are producing. Marc Klein wrote the script, with screenplay by Hudes. Stephanie Beatriz, Jimmy Smits, Corey Hawkins, Dascha Polanco, Melissa Barrera, and Marc Anthony star in the big-screen take of In the Heights.

Miranda on Twitter last month promised fans that when In the Heights finally sees the light of day post-coronavirus: “When we can safely gather again, flags in hand, we will be there, enjoying this movie in theaters. We will have the premiere uptown. The best summer of our lives, together.”

News: ‘In the Heights’ Release Postponed Due to Coronavirus Pandemic

[ Written on March 25 2020 by Francesca ]

Warner Bros has indefinitely pulled In the Heights, among other summer releases, due to the coronavirus outbreak. Miranda released a statement on Twitter, saying “We had the best summer of our lives filming ‘In the Heights’ movie last year. We couldn’t wait to share it with you. But we’re going to have to wait a little longer. When we can safely gather again, flags in hand, we will be there, enjoying this movie in theaters.”

DEADLINE: Warner Bros is pushing its forthcoming summer theatrical releases until the coronavirus crisis calms down and exhibition makes a full-steam comeback.

Despite reports that Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman 1984 was headed to streaming, the movie is in fact still going theatrical, and that was always the plan. Wonder Woman 1984 is now moving from its June 5 release to August 14. […]

With the move, New Line/Atomic Monster/Starlight Culture Entertainment Group’s James Wan horror movie Malignant will now shift off its August 14 release to an undated position. The same goes for Jon M. Chu’s feature adaptation of Broadway musical In the Heights, coming off its June 26 release to a TBD date, as well as animated feature Scoob! which is no longer going May 15 and also awaits a future release.

Meanwhile, Christopher Nolan’s Tenet will stay firm on July 17 in anticipation the global theatrical marketplace will be well by then.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, the star, producer and author of the Tony-winning In the Heights, recently spoke with talk series host Rosie O’Donnell saying: “We were literally recording the score when all of this started happening. There’s a lot that remains to be done on that movie. We were finishing the score and the mixing and just getting the music exactly right.”

Director Jon M. Chu talked to The Insider explaining the whole process, how they had to put the work on the movie on hold because of the coronavirus outbreak in New York and California, and repeats that the studio and producers want to bringing the movie on the big screen.

“We want people to have the movie theater experience,” Chu told Insider. “And with it being a musical, if you look back at history, that kind of movie has always brought people together at the worst times to celebrate life. And now we need that even more so.” […]

Chu said there was never a discussion to put the movie online before a theatrical run.

“I actually called the studio to make sure, because I had read stuff online,” Chu said. “And they said, ‘You have our word. We know what this movie is.'”

Chu said that he and Miranda, who along with doing the music and having a producing credit also stars in the movie, have been in constant contact throughout.

“When I talk to Lin the most important thing to him is releasing it the right way,” Chu said.

News: ‘Hamilton’ Movie With Lin-Manuel Miranda and Original Broadway Cast to Arrive October 2021

[ Written on February 03 2020 by Francesca ]

Lin-Manuel Miranda just announced that the recording of the original cast, filmed in 2016, will be released in theaters on October 15, 2021. Disney acquired the rights for the wide global theatrical release.

Read more below.

The Wrap: Lin-Manuel Miranda on Monday announced a filmed, movie version of his award-winning musical “Hamilton” featuring the original Broadway cast will be released by Disney in October 2021.

“Hamilton” was filmed onstage at the Richard Rodgers Theater back in June 2016 when it won 11 Tony Awards, and it will hit theaters on Oct. 15, 2021.

“Hamilton” features the Tony-winning cast that includes Miranda as Alexander Hamilton, along with Daveed Diggs, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Leslie Odom, Jr., Christopher Jackson, Jonathan Groff, Phillipa Soo, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Okieriete Onaodowan and Anthony Ramos. The cast also includes Carleigh Bettiol, Ariana DeBose, Hope Easterbrook, Sydney James Harcourt, Sasha Hutchings, Thayne Jasperson, Elizabeth Judd, Jon Rua, Austin Smith, Seth Stewart, and Ephraim Sykes.

Miranda is producing with Jeffrey Seller and Thomas Kail. Kail also directed the film that’s described as a leap forward in the art of “live capture,” aiming to give a cinematic experience of the stage show.

“Lin-Manuel Miranda created an unforgettable theater experience and a true cultural phenomenon, and it was for good reason that Hamilton was hailed as an astonishing work of art. All who saw it with the original cast will never forget that singular experience,” Robert A. Iger, chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company, said in a statement. “And we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to share this same Broadway experience with millions of people around the world.”

“I fell in love with musical storytelling growing up with the legendary Howard Ashman-Alan Menken Disney collaborations – ‘The Little Mermaid,’ ‘Beauty and The Beast,’ ‘Aladdin,’” Miranda said in a statement. “I’m so proud of what Tommy Kail has been able to capture in this filmed version of ‘Hamilton’ – a live theatrical experience that feels just as immediate in your local movie theater. We’re excited to partner with Disney to bring the original Broadway company of ‘Hamilton’ to the largest audience possible.”

“We are thrilled for fans of the show, and new audiences across the world, to experience what it was like on stage – and in the audience – when we shot this at The Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway in June of 2016. We wanted to give everyone the same seat, which is what this film can provide,” Kail said in a statement.

A movie version of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical “In the Heights” will hit theaters this summer on June 26.

DEADLINE: When Lin-Manuel Miranda tweeted the news today that the movie adaptation of his groundbreaking Broadway show Hamilton was set for release by Disney in fall of 2021, he omitted one of the most breathtaking parts of the deal.

According to sources, Disney beat out other suitors and paid $75 million for worldwide rights to the show that won 11 Tony Awards in 2016, as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Disney won the deal with a commitment for a wide global theatrical release for the two hour and 40 minute movie, which was shot two weeks before the original cast left.

I can’t think of an acquisition of a finished film that has gone for more money than this one. It is, however, a seminal cultural zeitgeist event and as Miranda himself has said, the movie allows people to avoid having to pay $500 a seat, which they were before the original cast and he moved on. You could hardly call this profligate spending, given that it when Hamilton finishes its traditional theatrical run, it will then become a major title on its streaming service Disney +.

Director Tommy Kail directed both the stage version and the movie, which consisted of shooting three live performances, and also some set up shots without an audience. All of the footage was used to create multiple angles, to ensure the cinematic nature of the event, without a bad seat in the house.

Endeavor Content brokered the massive WW Hamilton deal along with Miranda’s attorney Nancy Rose of Schreck Rose. WME reps Miranda and Kail.

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