PBS Plans Documentary on the Making of Hamilton

News   PBS Plans Documentary on the Making of Hamilton
Filmmakers have enjoyed "intimate access" to the show's creators for the past two years
Phillippa Soo and Lin-Manuel Miranda in Hamilton
Phillippa Soo and Lin-Manuel Miranda in Hamilton Joan Marcus

The Broadway musical phenomenon Hamilton will be the subject of a feature-length documentary film to be broadcast on PBS this fall.

In announcing the project Jan. 18, PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger said the PBS filmmakers had been granted "intimate access" to creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda and his colleagues during the two years leading up to the show's Broadway opening, Aug. 6, 2015.

The film, titled "Hamilton's America," will be broadcast as part of PBS' "Great Performances" series in fall 2016. No specific time or date was announced.

"Hamilton's America" is produced by Academy Award and Emmy-winning producers RadicalMedia, the same company that created Under The Influence, In the Heights: Chasing Broadway Dreams for PBS, a documentary about Miranda's previous musical, In the Heights.

According to production notes, the new documentary combines interviews with experts and prominent personalities, new footage of the production in New York, and cast-led expeditions to DC, Philadelphia and New York. "Audiences will sit with Miranda as he composes songs in Aaron Burr’s Manhattan bedroom. They’ll take a trip to Virginia with Chris Jackson – the African-American actor who portrays George Washington – and watch him place a wreath on Washington’s grave, as he discusses the difficulty of grappling with our founders’ legacy of slavery. Back in New York, Miranda and Leslie Odom, Jr. – who plays Aaron Burr – visit the Museum of American Finance to get their hands on some 19th-century dueling pistols and stage a quick re-enactment."

Miranda released a statement saying, "On behalf of the entire Hamilton cast and creative team, many of whom are In The Heights alumni, we are overjoyed to be returning to PBS in partnership with RadicalMedia with this project. We invited filmmaker Alex Horwitz into 'the room where it happened' a few years ago, and he’s captured parts of this journey no one has seen. We can’t wait to share it, thanks to PBS.”

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