Hamilton: PBS documentary on Broadway musical to air
UPDATE: During a June 16 press event about all things Hamilton, creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda said, via Playbill, that Hamilton’s America will be 90 minutes and likely air Oct. 17 as part of PBS’ Great Performances. The program will feature interviews with the Obamas, former President George W. Bush, Jimmy Fallon, and Questlove. In addition, Lin-Manuel Miranda announced he personally interviewed Stephen Sondheim, his collaborator John Weidman, and the rapper Nas for the documentary. “[The film is] more of a ‘How this thing came together,'” he said. Reps for PBS, however, would not confirm the length or date. Either way, the film will debut this fall.
EARLIER: It’s still hard to find a way to be in The Room Where It Happens, but this fall, you won’t need a ticket to see some of the magic that Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway hit Hamilton brings to audiences each night. As part of its Great Performance series, PBS announced Monday that it will air Hamilton’s America, a documentary giving a behind-the-scenes look at the show and chronicling the two years prior to its Broadway opening.
According to the press release, the documentary will blend aspects of the Broadway show with the real history its based on, such as actors Chris Jackson (George Washington) and Leslie Odom, Jr. (Aaron Burr) taking the audience to Washington’s grave in Virginia and the Museum of American Finance in New York. “Since we presented In the Heights: Chasing Broadway Dreams in 2009, we’ve been taken by Lin-Manuel’s unique talents and we’re honored to collaborate with him again on Hamilton’s America,” David Horn, executive producer of Great Performances, said in a statement. “The film will offer audiences a fascinating point of view as we witness first-hand Lin’s inspiration and creative process, as well as the lasting impact of Alexander Hamilton on our society today.”
“On behalf of the entire Hamilton cast and creative team, many of whom are In The Heights alumni, we are overjoyed to be returning to PBS in partnership with RadicalMedia with this project,” added Miranda. “We invited filmmaker Alex Horwitz into ‘the room where it happened’ a few years ago, and he’s captured parts of this journey no one has seen. We can’t wait to share it, thanks to PBS.”
Miranda also shared the news on Twitter along with a sneak peek at the project, which includes him writing in Burr’s real bedroom.
Hamilton is currently playing at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.