Hamilton: History Has It's Eyes on You Special Now On Disney+

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I'm still wandering around my house singing "I'm Not Throwing Away My Shot," and already Disney+ is bringing up more Hamilton to the small screen.  On July 10, just one week after the release of the Broadway sensation, Hamilton, to Disney+, fans of the Broadway show turned movie can now hear from the creative minds themselves about the show that everyone is talking about!

Have you seen Hamilton yet?  Check out my review here!

In this new special, Robin Roberts sits down with Lin-Manuel Miranda (Creator / Hamilton), Thomas Kail (Director), Christopher Jackson (Washington), Leslie Odom, Jr. (Burr), Phillipa Soo (Eliza Hamilton), Renee Elise Goldsberry (Angelica Schuyler), and Annette Gordon-Reed, Harvard Professor and Historian.  In the special Roberts seeks answers to some of the bigger questions surrounding this movie release including the historical accuracy of the production and it's relevance to our current social and political climate.  

Hamilton: History Has It's Eyes on You Review

This poignant conversation from the cast themselves was a perfect opportunity to talk about some of the deeper issues surrounding Hamilton.  The creative minds and it's stars share their thoughts about the show, but more importantly their thoughts about how a creative work of art fits into today's context.  Highlights in the special, which is less than an hour, include discussing Hamilton's commitment to young people, performing at the White House for the Obama administration, and questions related to race relations - both historically and currently.  Their responses gave me a lot to think about as we examine the role our founding fathers and asks the question as to what responsibility the arts have when portraying history.  Robin Roberts guides the conversation through most of the special, but the cast also fields questions from young fans at the end.  Don't think those young fans let them off easy though - they ask some tough questions of the cast too!  

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There's no doubt that this special is timely, meaningful, and a great watch for families and Hamilton fans alike.  Definitely plan on checking it out!

Looking for more from Disney+? Check out this list of 5 movies to watch this summer to feel like you've been on vacation!

About Hamilton (From Disney+)

An unforgettable cinematic stage performance, the filmed version of the original Broadway production of “Hamilton” combines the best elements of live theater, film and streaming to bring the cultural phenomenon to homes around the world for a thrilling, once-in-a-lifetime experience. “Hamilton” is the story of America then, told by America now. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway, “Hamilton” has taken the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a revolutionary moment in theatre—a musical that has had a profound impact on culture, politics, and education. Filmed at The Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway in June of 2016, the film transports its audience into the world of the Broadway show in a uniquely intimate way. With book, music, and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda and direction by Thomas Kail, “Hamilton” is inspired by the book “Alexander Hamilton” by Ron Chernow and produced by Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeffrey Seller, with Sander Jacobs and Jill Furman serving as executive producers. The 11-time-Tony Award®-, GRAMMY Award®-, Olivier Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning stage musical stars: Daveed Diggs as Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson; RenĂ©e Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler; Jonathan Groff as King George; Christopher Jackson as George Washington; Jasmine Cephas Jones as Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds; Lin-Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hamilton; Leslie Odom, Jr. as Aaron Burr; Okieriete Onaodowan as Hercules Mulligan/James Madison; Anthony Ramos as John Laurens/Philip Hamilton; and Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton.

“Hamilton” premieres on July 3, 2020 around the world, streaming only on Disney+.

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