The tragedy of having a show as hyped-up as Hamilton, is that very few people actually get to see it. Despite hundreds of thousands people flocking to see Hamilton on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in The West End, in Puerto Rico, and Australia, there are still millions of fans and potential fans that haven’t had the chance to sit in the theatre and see this phenomenon, thanks to high ticket prices, unprescedented demand, and finite seats. And, now, due to to Covid-19, it is impossible to see any live theatre, now, or in the foreseeable future.
That’s where Disney Plus comes in to save the day. Of course, here in the UK we have not been deprived of online theatre, with countless shows being made available from The National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and several other heavy-hitters in UK. And, across the virtual pond, productions such as Falsetto’s, Jesus Christ Superstar, and even Cirque de Soleil have been made available to watch/stream. And don’t get me wrong, I have loved taking my seat on my sofa and watching Frankenstein, The Barbershop Chronicles, and getting my Shakespeare fix in the form of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Twelfth Night, but I’m a HUGE Hamilton fan, and when I heard the news that it was coming to Disney Plus, I was pretty excited.
I watched Hamilton as soon as it was available on Disney Plus, and I absolutely adored it. I am incredibly fortunate to have seen Hamilton on the West End twice (it’s that good, – if I’d won every raffle/lottery I’d entered, I would have gone many more times). I never saw the original cast perform, and I just assumed I’d thrown away my shot at that. When I was living in New York, Hamilton was picking up speed and hype, but it wasn’t yet the global mammoth that it is now, I was offered cheap tickets to either Hamilton or previews of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s never-before-seen School of Rock. I chose the latter, and had absolutely no complaints; Alex Brightman is hands-down one of my favourite performers, so much so that I specifically went to see Beetlejuice when I visited New York in February of this year, despite never having seen the film, and it was brilliant. Both that and School of Rock were.
Anyway, back on track; as brilliant as both sets of casts were in The West End’s Hamilton, I would have loved to seen Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom, Jr, Daveed Diggs, Phillipa Soo, Jonathan Groff – I could go on and on and on and on. Disney Plus allows it’s subscribers to do just that, in a way that is just not possible even if you are in the theatre; up close – like, really up close. So up close that you can see Jonathan Groff literally frothing at the mouth during You’ll be Back. There were tons of minute details that you miss watching the show on stage; Hamilton is a show that has so much going from the acting to the choreography to the costumes, that it is impossible to see everything, but watching it on screen allows you to do just that. And if you miss anything, you can watch it 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 times. Like I will absolutely be doing. Now, it’s just been uploaded at the day of writing this, so I suggest you “Sit Down, John”, and watch it.
Joe Blogs Film Rating: 5/5