You can finally see ‘Hamilton’. . . kind of. A documentary will air on PBS.
There’s good news for those of us who can’t get to Broadway to see “Hamilton” — or can’t afford the tickets. A documentary about the hit Broadway show is going to air on PBS Oct. 17. The entire show itself will be filmed as part of the process, and “use of the footage in its entirety or otherwise has yet to be determined,” according to Playbill.
The show will be part of the “Great Performances” series, which has previously featured stage shows such as “Into the Woods,” with Bernadette Peters. The program will be a documentary about “Hamilton,” not just the performance itself, and will be filmed by RadicalMedia, which recently produced “What Happened, Miss Simone?,” a documentary about singer Nina Simone that was nominated for an Oscar.
The news that “Hamilton” would air on “Great Performances” first broke in January. But in a press conference Thursday, show creator, star, and cultural sensation Lin-Manuel Miranda announced the actual air date.
There was other big news from the press conference, namely that the rumor is true: Miranda will leave the day-to-day performances of “Hamilton” on July 9. (The loud cry you heard was everyone who bought tickets to the July 10 show last November.) Javier Muñoz, the understudy for the role for Alexander Hamilton, will take over, but Miranda promises to come back regularly. Muñoz also took over Miranda’s role in his first musical, “In the Heights.”
Last Sunday, the show won 11 Tony Awards, including best new musical, best book, and best score. That capped a stunning year for ‘‘Hamilton’’ that included the playwright winning the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for drama, a Grammy, the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History, and a MacArthur Foundation ‘‘genius’’ grant. Miranda lost the best actor Tony to his costar Leslie Odom Jr., who portrays Aaron Burr.
Miranda has already lined up plenty of work after he leaves. He has a lead role opposite Emily Blunt in a film sequel of ‘‘Mary Poppins’’ directed by Rob Marshall and with songs by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, the composers of ‘‘Hairspray.’’ He will also help turn ‘‘In the Heights’’ into a movie.
‘‘Hamilton,’’ which cast minority actors as founding fathers (and mothers), has gained widespread recognition in a way few Broadway shows do. It has been praised by politicians and rap stars, influenced the debate over the nation’s currency, and become a cultural phenomenon.
‘‘It’s been the best tsunami in the world, but it’s been a crazy thing to be in the middle of this,’’ said Miranda. ‘‘I don’t walk down the streets in Washington Heights the way I used to.’’
Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.