The problem: you finished watching “Hamilton” on Disney+ (maybe it was two or three times) and now you’re wondering what will fill the Hamilton-sized hole in your heart. Honestly, that may be hard to do. However Disney+ is not without great movies and shows for theatre lovers. Here’s a few suggestions, and if you choose to watch “Hamilton” again — well that’s OK, too.
The Undefeated Presents: Hamilton In-Depth
The easiest way to cure post-“Hamilton” blues is to watch is “Hamilton In-Depth.” In this round-table discussion, stars of the show, including Lin-Manuel Miranda and director Thomas Kail, provide a little background to the Tony-winning musical. Also, not a Disney+ show, but for Hulu subscribers, a documentary about Lin Manuel Miranca’s hip hop group, Freestyle Love Supreme, will be out July 17.
Theatre-buff or not, “Encore!” is a completely engaging docuseries that brings high school theatre kids together years after graduation for a one-night only encore of their senior production. You’ll enjoy seeing these people get another chance at the spotlight and even get closure on years-old school drama.
Newsies: The Broadway Musical
The 1992 musical “Newsies” was initially a box office bomb, but later gained a cult following, which led to the Broadway show in 2012. You can watch a 2017 live taping of the musical (and also, the movie if you’re inclined) of the newsboys strike of 1899.
Mary Poppins Returns
It has music, Emily Blunt, Dick Van Dyke, and Lin-Manuel Miranda as Jack the lamplighter. The sequel of sorts about the practically-perfect English nanny is just as delightful as you’d hope. And a must for fans of Lin-Manuel.
When you need to give the Hamilton soundtrack a break, why not try other music from Lin-Manuel Miranda? The prolific songwriter wrote music for this Disney animated feature. It’s a win-win for parents and their kids.
The Liberty Story
This one may be a bit of a stretch. “The Liberty Story” is a 1957 episode from the “Disneyland” series about the Boston Tea Party, which started the American Revolution. With excerpts of “Johnny Tremaine” and “Ben and Me,” it’s a watered down, and sometimes fictional, depiction of American history, but perhaps a precursor to more in-depth content. It was also a promotion for Liberty Square.
Don’t stop there…
“Hamilton” has introduced many viewers to do a deeper dive of theatre and or history. Don’t be afraid to try something new in the Disney+ catalog. If you need more suggestions, you can find Disney+ reviews and guides on the Mouse for Less blog, including how to pick a movie for toddlers, and what to watch if you’re a history lover.
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