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9 Things to Know About Hamilton’s Movie Premiere

07.03.20

BY: ELIZABETH DURAND STREISAND

IT’S HEEERRREEE! Hamilton, arguably the most hyped show in Broadway history, is available to watch in your living room — if you have Disney+. We know you’ve probably already watched it (possibly more than once), but we think a side of knowledge goes well with any Broadway show, so here are 10 things to know about the historic #Hamilfilm that’s going to dominate your foreseeable screen time.

1. In advance of Hamilton’s release, Disney+ ended its free trial offer.

Disney+ originally offered a seven-day free trial window for new subscribers, but cancelled this promotion just in time for no one to be able to use it to watch Hamilton for free. It’s unclear whether the promotion will return at a future date, but for now, if you want to watch Lin-Manuel Miranda on the small screen, you’ve got to pay up.

2. This Hamilton movie is not a separate movie production, but rather a filmed version of the Broadway show at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.

3. … that took three days to shoot.

“We filmed a live performance with cameras in the audience on a Sunday matinee. Then the audience left, and we continued to film close-ups and dolly shots all night Sunday,” Miranda revealed. “All day Monday, we continued to film close-ups and steady cam, all of the coverage you would want to get in a movie. We continued to film all day Tuesday morning continuing into another live show Tuesday night with all of the cameras in the audience in different positions. It was basically a three-day film shoot with the best rehearsed cast in the history of movies, as we’d basically been doing the show for a year at that point.”

4. Lin-Manuel Miranda cut two “f***s” from the show so it could earn a PG-13 rating.

Unlike Broadway shows, which receive no official ratings and instead self-report “recommended” ages, anything that airs on TV is subject to a stringent system created by the MPAA. And anything with more than one utterance of the f-word gets an automatic R rating. Hamilton has three f***s in the original script, so Miranda removed two of them. “I literally gave two f***s so the kids could see it,” he shared on Twitter after making the edit.

5. It has an intermission.

In true Broadway fashion, the filmed version keeps an intermission in place. For the full Broadway theatre experience, charge everyone in your quarantine crew $20 for a plastic cup of really terrible wine.

6. Anthony Ramos, who plays John Laurens and Phillip Hamilton, has the leading role in the upcoming In the Heights movie.

Anthony Ramos plays Usnavi, the role Miranda originated on Broadway in his musical In the Heights. Miranda earned a Tony nomination for his portrayal back in 2008, so it will be interesting to see how Ramos reinterprets the role.

7. Anthony Ramos is engaged to Jasmine Cephas Jones, who plays Peggy Schuyler and Maria Reynolds in Hamilton on Disney+.

Ramos and Cephas Jones met during their time as part of the original Broadway cast of Hamilton. They got engaged in 2018 — Ramos asked Cephas Jones in front of her mother and grandmother as well as some of their closest friends, including Broadway veteran Cynthia Erivo.

8. The set changes size between Act I and Act II.

Well, part of the set, anyway. Designer David Korins revealed his take on the way the set supports the story. “We’re not showing the country being built onstage; we’re showing the structure that helps support the making of the country,” Korins explained. “It’s a subtle detail that no one really picks up on, but between Act 1 and Act 2, we actually have the walls of the set grow around eight feet, from one height to another height to really show the passage of time.”

9. Lin-Manuel’s pants had absolutely no stretch.

While the stiff fabric suited him fine, future Hamiltons ran into problems. “I bent down and my pants split wide open right in the crotch, so there I was, my legs you know, just open to the audience and you saw white tights underneath,” Austin Scott shared during a recent Broadway Roulette Mixer. He then noted that at the moment in the show when they split, Hamilton didn’t leave the stage for four more songs. (Yikes!) “So I was just sweating bullets trying to, like, cross my legs so that the audience doesn’t see this massive rip in my pants. That happened I think twice and then they finally decided to make me some new pants with stretchy elastic.”

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