Hamilton is getting the movie treatment. The beloved Broadway musical has been filmed for the big screen and is set to be released in the UAE on Saturday, only 24 hours after it is released globally.
The filmed version of the Broadway hit is to be brought to the Emirates on OSN Streaming, as part of its Disney+ Originals partnership agreement.
“We are thrilled to be bringing the filmed version of Hamilton, the award-winning and widely popular Broadway musical, exclusively to our audiences in the Middle East," said Rolla Karam, OSN's interim chief content officer.
"Our partnership with Disney+ gives OSN subscribers access to best-in-class content, including from Disney, Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars and National Geographic. As the region’s leading entertainment network, OSN reinforces our commitment to offering premium content to our regional audience from only the most exceptional brands.”
Last week, OSN revealed that Hamilton will be shown in the Emirates in a series of tweets, without announcing the exact date.
"We're delighted to announce that Hamilton will indeed be available with us," OSN Support tweeted last Thursday.
OSN signed a deal with Disney in early April, getting access to the Disney+ Originals catalogue for Middle Eastern viewers. It has not, however, opened up all of Disney+ content, and will not necessarily release titles in line with global Disney+ releases.
The Disney+ content has been added to OSN's box and streaming services.
What you need to know about the 'Hamilton' movie
Originally, the big-screen version of the Broadway hit by Lin-Manuel Miranda was officially slated to come to cinemas in 2021. It was announced in May, however, that the release date had been brought forward by a year.
Last Monday, the official trailer was released, much to the delight of fans.
The new release is a recording of a live performance of a show at New York's Richard Rodgers Theatre, and it features the show's original Broadway cast, including Miranda as Alexander Hamilton, Jonathan Groff as King George, and Renee Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler. The filmed performance has been helmed by the show's director, Thomas Kail.
"I'm so proud of how beautifully Tommy Kail has brought Hamilton to the screen. He's given everyone who watches this film the best seat in the house," Miranda said of the release in May.
"I'm so grateful to Disney and Disney+ for reimagining and moving up our release to July 4 weekend of this year, in light of the world turning upside down. 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."