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'Hamilton' at home: Disney+ gives fans a front-row seat worth waiting for

June 30, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

After conquering the stage in every way imaginable, "Hamilton" moves to the screen -- just not the one originally intended. Premiering on Disney+, Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical beautifully survives the transfer process, with a few minor hiccups. Some will lament not seeing the movie in theaters, but given its length and the goodwill generated for Disney's streaming service, the studio hasn't thrown away its shot.

Basically, the equation on "Hamilton" boils down to this: If you've never seen the musical, this filmed production -- shot over three days in 2016, then edited together -- offers the chance to enjoy it with the original cast.

Seeing them reunited now, the cast that the producers originally assembled is even more remarkable: Leslie Odom Jr. as the "damn fool who shot him," Aaron Burr; Daveed Diggs (Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson); Christopher Jackson (George Washington); Phillipa Soo as Hamilton's wife, Eliza, and Renée Elise Goldsberry as her sister Angelica; and Jonathan Groff as mad King George, only here with the camera zooming in so you can see spittle spray during his exasperated moments in the comedic masterpiece "You'll Be Back. "

Miranda and director Thomas Kail taped an introduction to the film acknowledging its shift to Disney+, which required sacrificing a couple of swear words to satisfy Disney's standards, but otherwise, this is "Hamilton," full strength.

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