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How Boomers Can Watch “Hamilton” Broadway Show Movie

Updated on July 6, 2020
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Maren has taught pre-school through college. She loves the wonder of learning.

Hamilton - The Movie

A screen shot from www.disneyplus.com
A screen shot from www.disneyplus.com

"Hamilton" Available to the Public Now

I was determined to see the recorded Broadway show Hamilton in its movie form.

Three weeks before its release date, I learned from a fellow oldster that it would be shown on an entity called Disney Plus.

What’s Disney Plus?? I‘m a Baby Boomer with no grandchildren nearby. And, none the age that would be watching a film about American history. Not yet.

If you are in the same shoes I was in – basically CLUELESS – here is how easy it is to watch the acclaimed musical about the founding of the United States of America.

Supplies Needed

  1. A computer (or tablet or mobile phone) with capacity to watch videos
  2. A credit card

Getting Connected

Disney Plus is a website. You do not need to be a cable TV subscriber, Hulu member or involved in any other costly, long-term arrangement.

You can subscribe directly with Disney Plus and you don’t need to commit for more than a month.

First step: On your computer device, go to disneyplus dot com.

Second step: Join the service by entering all your name and address data. Also, supply a valid active credit card.

Third step: Choose the month-to-month option, which is $6.99 per month. You are consenting to automatic monthly payments when you do this.

Fourth step: Make a reminder to yourself to cancel the service. This can be a note on a paper or virtual calendar. Of course, if you fall in love with Disney Plus and what it offers you, you do not need to follow through on cancelling.

Watching "Hamilton"

As of July 2020, the announced plans on Disney Plus is that it will be offering Hamilton indefinitely into the future. Yippee!

For some odd reason, when I learned about its airing on July 3rd, I feared that it would be available for only 24 hours OR for only a three-day holiday weekend. I don’t know how or why I got this impression, but others also thought this way.

Happily, we are all wrong!

Hamilton is still available to watch!

Here’s how –

  1. Set aside a block of time that is 2 hours 40 minutes. Yes, the show is that long. The movie does provide a one-minute intermission. Also, similarly to watching a YouTube video or any other video on your computer, you will have the ability to press the pause button to stop it if you need a break while watching.
  2. Go to disneyplus dot com
  3. Log in.
  4. Your screen will then have a menu going horizontally across the top with choices such as Home, Series, Watchlist. You should click on MOVIES.
  5. You will get either a screen with about ten small icons with movie names or one movie picture and name which scrolls to a new name every few seconds. Get to the picture for Hamilton and click on it.
  6. Click on the Play triangle and enjoy!

Recommendations to Further Your Enjoyment

I streamed the show on my computer and took in the theatre experience. I was open to the mystery of a “rapped” show. However, being a Boomer who did not grow up with rapping, it took me a few minutes to re-calibrate my ears and brain.

It is totally worth it!

Broadway is just so creative and fabulous. But, you know that!

But, buckle your seat belts. It was beyond belief how creative Hamilton is. I love that it was recorded in the theatre with a live audience. It makes the entire production feel as close to “theatre” as we can get these days.

Just an FYI if you are wondering: the Hamilton movie is rated PG-13. Adult topics are included.

I have several recommendations.

Watch It a Second Time

I am the personality type who likes to be surprised by a movie or by a show. Once I have learned enough to decide that I want to see a production, then I close myself to getting any further information about it. I want to receive it the way the writer, producer, director and cast offer it.

This being the case, after being wowed by my first watching, I decided that I would watch it again with closed captions if they were available.

It is tricky to get to closed captioning. After you click on the Play triangle for the movie, look in the upper right corner for a TINY rectangle. That is the menu that will get you to closed captions.

When I watched with the captioning, I picked up much more information. However, I would not recommend closed captions for the first viewing because you will miss much choreography and staging if you are busy reading words.

Menu Icon at Upper Right

A very small rectangle looking like a note card with a few horizontal lines is the menu for Disney Plus.
A very small rectangle looking like a note card with a few horizontal lines is the menu for Disney Plus.

Watch the Supplemental Interview Program

Disney Plus offers a 33-minute safely socially distanced virtual interview program with many members of the cast. It is worth watching.

You Owe This to Yourself

United States history is full of alive, breathing, passionate folks. Our school texts of the 1950s and 60s just weren’t allowed to let us know that.

Thank goodness Broadway does not have such silly constraints!

It’s easy to watch Hamilton on your computer.

Do it this weekend!

(I’m watching it again today.)

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    • Maren Morgan M-T profile imageAUTHOR

      Maren Elizabeth Morgan 

      12 months ago from Pennsylvania

      Linda, I had not been aching to spend the money to go to New York City to see the show live - rap was not one of my comfort styles of music. Now I am in love with it! Hamilton is about the formation of the usa emphasizing the importance of immigrants and foreigners (Especially the French.) The show is presented in a way that is geared to Millenniels and it is mainly cast with people of color. It really brings history alive by showing real humans with messy, complicated motives. In american history, a man named Aaron Burr is regarded as the villain - very black-and-white characterization. This musical gives layers of complexity to Aaron Burr. He's still the "bad guy," but he has some noble wishes and dreams that can make one feel a little bit sorry for him. For this very low price, I think it is worth watching. Camera angles are great. They filmed live performances over three days - giving one the feeling of being in a theatre audience PLUS some very nice close-ups of faces at times.

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      Linda Crampton 

      12 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I've often seen references to "Hamilton" and realize that it's popular, but other than that I don't know much about it. Thanks for sharing the information, Maren. This sounds like a good way to see the show.

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