The musical Hamilton is having a big moment, and its been in the spotlight for a long time thanks to Broadway. With it being brought to Disney+, the moment isn't going away quite yet. One of the most beloved stories has generated a lot of dollars and has fans all over the world. With it, people are super curious and wondering, does Alexander Hamilton have any living descendants to watch the hit show?
Here's what to know about 'Hamilton's story.
The Broadway musical tells the story of the American Founding Father, Alexander Hamilton. In two acts, the story takes viewers from Alexander Hamilton arriving to New York in 1776 all the way through the early history of the United States.
The story is told through words and music of Lin-Manuel Miranda in only a way Broadway could do. The 2020 movie was filmed at Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway in June 2016, and it gives the audience the feel of being right in the seats of the show on Broadway — in the comfort of our own homes. Not only did it bring the story of Alexander Hamilton to more eyes and ears, it made a lot of money.
The Wall Street Journal reports, "Hamilton was produced for $12.5 million on Broadway and has grossed more than a half billion as of June 2019. According to Deadline, Walt Disney Studios paid $75 million to get the rights to the Broadway recording and "won the deal with a commitment for a wide global theatrical release for the 2 hour, 40 minute movie, which was shot two weeks before the original cast left."
That's a whole lot of money floating around and centered around the story of a real person. So, that has us wondering if anyone related is getting a piece of that cash?
Does Alexander Hamilton have any living descendants now?
In short, yes. There are some descendants of the real Alexander Hamilton still living today. According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, Doug Hamilton is the great-great-great-great-great grandson of Alexander Hamilton. While he's not getting paid any of the cash from the story, he is having a good time following along in the success of the production.
"And it's great to see that it's not just a Broadway thing; it's the whole country that is experiencing this story," Doug said in an interview with Town & Country.
'Hamilton' is coming to Disney+ so more people can learn about Alexander Hamilton.
There was some back-and-forth on when the Broadway play would be converted to a movie, originally not happening until 2021. However, if the novel coronavirus gave us one good thing, it's the earlier than anticipated release of Hamilton.
On May 12, former Disney CEO Bob Iger announced the company decided to move the release date up for Hamilton so people could watch it at home and feel the feel goods that come when you're singing along to all the songs.
Hamilton on Disney+ is slated to be released on July 3.