It’s only a matter of time – a little less than two months to be exact – before a recording of perhaps the biggest Broadway hit of all time is released for streaming audiences.
This particular version was filmed over three nights at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York in 2016 during the last weeks the original Broadway cast was together. Portions were filmed without an audience.
Disney paid $75 million for the streaming rights to the production with plans for a theatrical release in 2021. But with streaming on the rise while the world is turned upside down, it appears the COVID-19 outbreak has pushed the release forward.
While the show actually takes place shortly after the Declaration of Independence was signed, Disney didn’t throw away their shot to drop the film on an appropriate weekend.
If you’re not a subscriber, Disney+ does offer a free trial you could sign up for to watch the film. After that, the regular price is $6.99 a month.