And Lin-Manuel Miranda vows to read his Disney contracts more closely in the future.
WALT DISNEY WORLD, FL — Beauty and the Beast: Live on Stage at Disney’s Hollywood Studios has been rumored for replacement for some time now. Uncle Walt’s Insider can now confirm its successor, and this is huge news: Hamilton is coming to the Theater of the Stars!
Broadway smash, Disney-style
We caught up with David DeLoach, General Manager for Entertainment at the Studios.
“We are so excited about this show coming to Walt Disney World!” DeLoach says. “We thought that having a Star Wars area was going to boast park attendance, but with Hamilton here, the numbers will go through the roof.”
Will it be the exact same show as on Broadway, we wondered?
“Oh, no, just a theme park version,” DeLoach explains, “much like Beauty and the Beast Live compared to the full-blown Beauty and the Beast on Broadway. We anticipate it will run about 30-35 minutes in length.
“And it will have special Disney touches you won’t find anywhere else. For example, Mickey will be playing Alexander Hamilton; Goofy will be Aaron Burr (“And I’m the darn fool who shot him! Hyuk!”); and Minnie, Daisy, and Clarabell will be the Schuyler sisters.”
Lin-Manuel Miranda weighs in
“It’s definitely going to be something different,” Hamilton creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda. “Maybe not my first choice to turn my show into a Disney theme park attraction, but, well… let’s just say it’s been a learning experience.”
Miranda continued, “Also a learning experience? I’ve learned I need to read my contracts with Disney a lot more closely. I thought I was just signing on to write some songs for Moana, and suddenly Disney owns the rights to Hamilton, and I’m locked into acting in at least five Mary Poppins sequels!”
In related news, Jonathan Groff, the voice of Kristoff in Frozen, will reprise his Hamilton original cast role as King George for the first three years of the Disney show.
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