What better way to celebrate the 4th of July weekend than to watch Hamilton on Disney+. Diane and I had seen Hamilton in Boston (you can read my review here) and a month later saw Hamilton again when it arrived in Buffalo.
This Disney+ version was filmed in 2016 while most of the principal actors were still performing in this production. Lin-Manuel Miranda captures Alexander Hamilton’s drive and determination. Stage director Thomas Kail pulls double duty as director of this TV movie. One of my favorite characters, King George (Jonathan Groff), gets plenty of close-ups.
Leslie Odom Jr. dazzles as Aaron Burr. I loved Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton. This TV version varies from the stage productions we’ve seen in the perspectives the camera provides and the close-ups of the actors. Disney originally planned to broadcast Hamilton 15 months from now. But, with the coronavirus raging, Disney decided the time was right to offer it on Disney+ now. I’m glad they did! Have you seen Hamilton? GRADE: A