A special documentary featuring the original cast of Hamilton will debut alongside the filmed version of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical phenomenon, which arrives on the Disney+ streaming platform on July 3.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Hamilton In-Depth With Kelley Carter will reunite the Broadway show’s creators and stars for a virtual roundtable discussion to examine the production’s origins and legacy.
“The story and subject matter that Hamilton covers, and the creative vision of its architects and actors, are more timely than ever,” said Jimmy Pitaro, President of ESPN and Co-Chair, Disney Media Networks. “The Undefeated, and Kelley L. Carter, are uniquely positioned to help connect audiences – whether they have never seen the show, or have seen it 10 times – to the creative process, people and significance of Hamilton as it debuts on Disney+.”
The behind-the-scenes feature, produced by The Undefeated, ESPN+, and Disney+, will be hosted by Kelley L. Carter, an award-winning journalist who will explore a wide range of topics in conversation with Hamilton director Thomas Kail and the musical’s stars, including Lin-Manuel Miranda, Daveed Diggs, Leslie Odom Jr., Christopher Jackson, Phillipa Soo, and Renée Elise Goldsberry.
The talented team will come together to reveal some theater tidbits and insider secrets about the show’s collaborative creative process, including details about the musical’s early stages of development to its groundbreaking opening on stage, as well as the deeper significance of the story and its meaning in the context of ongoing conversations about systemic racism and social injustice.
“The cast of Hamilton didn’t come to play,” said Carter. “They are accomplished performers who created genre-shifting art, but they also understand this unprecedented time in history and why their voices matter. This special isn’t just about one of the most important pieces of work to ever play on Broadway. This is about how art inspires activation. And, well, how activation inspires great art.”
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Hamilton is a dramatization of the life of Founding Father and Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton, tracing his story from his arrival in New York City at the dawn of the Revolutionary War through to his ill-fated duel with rival Aaron Burr in 1804. The musical features a unique combination of hip-hop, R&B, soul, and show tunes to help examine Hamilton’s story through a modern lens.
Hamilton In-Depth With Kelley Carter premieres on Disney+ and TheUndefeated.com on July 3, 2020, alongside the filmed recording of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical about Alexander Hamilton, rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).
Adele Ankers is a Freelance Entertainment Journalist. You can reach her on Twitter.