By Ron Wynn
NASHVILLE, TN — Any concerns about the audience for the upcoming “Hamilton” film may be eased by the fact it has earned a PG-13 rather than an R rating. That decision from the MPAA will make it much easier for the film to get a larger viewership when it debuts on Disney Plus, despite the presence of both vulgarity and what’s been deemed “suggestive material.” The original became a staple on Broadway from its 2015 debut. But there were concerns that Disney might do some tampering with the content due to its language. But unless there’s been considerable tweaking of the story, it will have its fair share of four-letter words.
The Broadway play used a hip-hop setting to tell the story of Alexander Hamilton, the nation’s first treasury secretary and his relationship with George Washington among other things. Such songs as “Yorktown” and “Washington on Your Side” were noted in play reviews for colorful adjectives and phrases, while others like “The Adams Administration” and “Say No to This” censored certain words to make a comedic point. Early reviews indicate that while the film has gun violence and sexually provocative scenes, there isn’t any nudity and everything is highly stylized as well.
Hamilton” was scheduled to release in theaters in 2021, but moved to Disney Plus and will be available July 3.
The film version includes original cast members Lin-Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hamilton. Daveed Diggs as Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson, Leslie Odom Jr. as Aaron Burr, Christopher Jackson as George Washington, Jonathan Groff as King George, Renee Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler and Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton. Thomas Kail directed “Hamilton” both for the stage and screen. The Disney Plus adaptation was recorded live at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York City.