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Disney+ launched in March, bringing those bored of Netflix and Disney enthusiasts, hours of lockdown entertainment.

They’ve now announced another big pull with the news that the world’s biggest musical-turned-film is set to be streamed from the platform into subscribers’ homes.

Disney+ have just announced that Hamilton, the film of the original production, will be released a year earlier than expected on the digital platform rather than in cinemas – remember those?

The filmed version of the 11-time-Tony Award-, GRAMMY Award-, Olivier Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning stage musical will be streamed to your sofa (that’s if you’ve signed up to Disney+) from 3rd July 2020. And even if you’ve already seen the stage production and know the soundtrack from front to back, the screen version is set to be something quite special.

Made in New York’s Richard Rodgers Theatre, the show was filmed over the course of three performances, using “live capture” technology. In short, it gives viewers a unique and intimate way of watching the show from their sofas, that combines elements of tv, theatre and film for an entirely new experience. This is going to put Andrew Lloyd Webber’s YouTube screening of old West Ends plays to shame.

The musical, which stars the likes of Lin-Manuel Miranda (also the show’s creator), Christopher Jackson, Renee Elise Goldsberry and Daveed Diggs, tells the story of the American revolution and the invention of the US bank system, through a soundtrack that has now become acceptable to play in your car, at home and through your headphones on the commute.  Despite it being a musical, the set list spans genres from hip hop to R&B, pop to soul, and traditional show-style tunes.

Disney will launch it globally on its new streaming platform and the release date will be hugely significant in the States as it falls on July 4th weekend.

“I’m so grateful to Disney and Disney+ for reimagining and moving up our release to July 4th weekend of this year, in light of the world turning upside down,” said Lin-Manuel Miranda. “I’m so grateful to all the fans who asked for this, and I’m so glad that we’re able to make it happen. I’m so proud of this show. I can’t wait for you to see it.”

The timings will be less poignant here across the pond, but without a doubt welcomed given that we don’t know when a real trip to the cinema will take place again.