How to watch 'Hamilton' on Disney Plus

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Although Broadway may be dark at the moment, the smash-hit musical "Hamilton" is now available to watch on Disney Plus. The movie version of the musical, which explores the life of Alexander Hamilton during and beyond the American Revolution, has arrived on Disney's streaming service far earlier than its anticipated October 2021 release date.

The official trailer shows the Broadway production's original cast from 2015 returning to the stage for the movie performance.Advertisement

The film adaptation intends to provide viewers with a cinematic glimpse into the live theater experience. Disney Plus is already home to similar musical adaptations, including the filmed stage version of "Newsies."

Also now streaming on Disney Plus is "Hamilton In-Depth with Kelley Carter," a companion program that features interviews with director Thomas Kail, composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, and members of the cast. The program is available to stream on TheUndefeated.com as well.

The cinematic rendition of "Hamilton" follows the titular historical figure (played by composer Lin-Manuel Miranda) as he grapples with the impact of the American Revolution, the legacy we leave behind, and those who shaped his life leading up to the infamous duel with Aaron Burr (Leslie Odom Jr.). Filmed at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in 2016, the "Hamilton" film features the original cast of the musical.
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Updated on 07/6/2020 by Emily Hein: Added details about the running time for "Hamilton" on Disney Plus. Kevin Webb and Steven Cohen contributed to previous updates for this article.

How do I watch "Hamilton" on Disney Plus?

75705731"Hamilton" is now available to stream on Disney Plus for all subscribers. To watch the film on Disney Plus, you will need to sign up for a monthly or annual plan. The movie debuted on the streaming service on July 3, 2020. This is the premiere release of the movie; it has yet to be released in theaters or on Blu-ray, DVD, or as a digital download. Advertisement

The Disney Plus stream of "Hamilton" includes support for Dolby Vision HDR video and Dolby Atmos audio through compatible devices. Dolby Vision enables enhanced colors and contrast, while Dolby Atmos creates an immersive soundstage with audio effects from all directions — even from above your head.

Disney Plus is available to stream on Apple, PC, iOS, and Android devices, Xbox One and PlayStation 4, and streaming devices from Amazon, Roku, and Chromecast. Disney Plus is also supported on smart TVs, including those from Samsung, LG, Sony, and Vizio. An internet connection is necessary to stream, but Disney Plus also provides an option to download movies and shows to mobile devices for offline viewing.

How long is "Hamilton" on Disney Plus?

"Hamilton" clocks in at a running time of two hours and 40 minutes, which is longer than the average movie, but fairly typical for a musical.Advertisement

The movie adaptation of the musical is sung-through from beginning to end, so the cast is impressively singing and dancing for the entirety of the performance. A one-minute intermission is built into the running time between the musical's first and second acts. The act break occurs about one hour and 15 minutes into the film.

What is Disney Plus and how much does it cost?

Disney Plus is a subscription streaming platform with on-demand access to a variety of movies and TV shows.

An annual subscription costs $69.99 per year while a monthly subscription costs $6.99 per month. If you do the math, this means that you can save about $14 a year if you pay for an annual membership rather than a month-to-month subscription.Advertisement

Those looking for additional streaming content can sign up for a bundle with Disney Plus, ESPN+ and Hulu. The bundle costs $12.99 per month, which is about $5 less per month than it would cost to subscribe to each service separately.

All Disney Plus subscriptions include ad-free streaming and unlimited downloads for a growing library of films and TV series. Here is a full breakdown of all the Disney Plus pricing options and features.

What else can I watch on Disney Plus?

Disney Plus is home to many musical-movies like "Hamilton."Advertisement

The stage-to-screen adaptation of "Newsies" follows a similar "live capture" format to "Hamilton," bringing the popular musical to any Disney Plus-enabled device.

The streaming service also features many other movie-musicals, although not on-stage adaptations. This includes the 1999 edition of "Annie," as well as animated classics like "Aladdin," "The Little Mermaid," and "Beauty and the Beast." "Moana," which also features music penned by Lin-Manuel Miranda, is available to stream as well. Beyond musicals, Disney Plus is chock-full of additional titles stemming from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and 20th Century Fox.Advertisement

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