Dis­ney to stream Mi­randa’s mu­si­cal

Orlando Sentinel - - People & Arts -

This Fourth of July hol­i­day, you’ll be able to see the orig­i­nal Broad­way cast of “Hamil­ton” per­form the mu­si­cal smash about a Found­ing Father from the com­fort of your couch.

The Walt Dis­ney Co. said Tues­day it will put the live cap­ture of Lin-Manuel Mi­randa’s show on Dis­ney+ start­ing July 3. It had been slated to be in movie the­aters in Oc­to­ber 2021.

“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,” Mi­randa said in a state­ment.

The ground­break­ing, bi­o­graph­i­cal hip-hop show about the life of Trea­sury Sec­re­tary Alexan­der Hamil­ton won 11 Tony Awards and made nu­mer­ous tours.

The film was made at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broad­way in June 2016 and stars all the orig­i­nal Tony Award win­ners — Mi­randa as Alexan­der Hamil­ton; Daveed Diggs as Mar­quis de Lafayette/ Thomas Jef­fer­son; Re­nee Elise Golds­berry as An­gel­ica Schuyler; and Les­lie Odom Jr. as Aaron Burr. The filmed ver­sion is di­rected by the show’s di­rec­tor, Tommy Kail.

Oprah Win­frey to launch well­ness ex­pe­ri­ence:

Oprah Win­frey, who vis­ited are­nas ear­lier this year on a well­ness tour, is bring­ing the idea to liv­ing rooms while peo­ple are home­bound. The me­dia mogul on Tues­day an­nounced “Oprah’s Your Life in Fo­cus: A Vi­sion Forward — Live Vir­tual Ex­pe­ri­ence,” a free and in­ter­ac­tive four­week event that is an ex­ten­sion of her well­ness tour with WW (Weight Watch­ers Reimag­ined).

The 90-minute ex­pe­ri­ences, hosted by Win­frey via Zoom, will air at 11 a.m. East­ern on Satur­days from

May 16 through June 6.

“In early 2020, I spent nine weeks trav­el­ing the coun­try, talk­ing to peo­ple about be­ing well and staying fo­cused. It was ex­hil­a­rat­ing. Then the pan­demic hit and shook us all,” Win­frey said in a state­ment. “Now, it’s more im­por­tant than ever to be and stay well and strong. To­gether, let’s re­set, re­fo­cus and find clar­ity in what mat­ters most.”

View­ers can join the ex­pe­ri­ences by reg­is­ter­ing at ww.com/oprah.

Celebri­ties join telethon for New York­ers:

Tina Fey, the host of the Rise Up New York! event Mon­day, shed tears af­ter an­nounc­ing that more than $115 mil­lion was raised dur­ing the vir­tual telethon to­ward sup­port­ing New York­ers af­fected by COVID-19. The ac­tress along with other A-list celebri­ties such as Bar­bra Streisand, Jen­nifer Lopez and Michael Stra­han asked for do­na­tions to help re­lief and re­cov­ery ef­forts.

“Our city is un­der at­tack, but we’ve been here be­fore,” Robert De Niro said. “In the last 20 years, both 9/11 and Hur­ri­cane Sandy. You can take your best shot but you can­not break our spirit.”

The ben­e­fit was pre­sented by the New York­based poverty fight­ing or­ga­ni­za­tion, Robin Hood, and iHeart­Media. Robin Hood said all the do­na­tions will pro­vide sup­port for food, shel­ter, cash as­sis­tance, men­tal health, le­gal ser­vices and ed­u­ca­tion.

May 13 birth­days:

Ac­tor Buck Tay­lor is 82. Ac­tor Har­vey Kei­tel is 81. Singer Ste­vie Wonder is 70. Ac­tress Les­lie Win­ston is 64. Co­me­dian Stephen Col­bert is 56. Singer Dar­ius Rucker is 54. Ac­tor Brian Ger­aghty is 45. Ac­tor Iwan Rheon is 35. Ac­tress Lena Dun­ham is 34. Ac­tor Robert Pat­tin­son is 34. Ac­tress Debby Ryan is 27.


“I’m so glad that we’re able to make it hap­pen,” Lin-Manuel Mi­randa said of “Hamil­ton” com­ing to Dis­ney+.

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