Disney to stream Miranda’s musical
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+.