Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton to Be Subject of New Documentary
PBS will air Hamilton's America, which comes from the makers of In the Heights: Chasing Broadway Dreams.
Lin-Manuel Miranda's juggernaut Broadway musical Hamilton will be the subject of a new documentary from RadicalMedia. Directed by Alex Horwitz, Hamilton's America will air in the fall as part of the PBS series Great Performances.
The behind-the-scenes documentary will explore the creation of the musical, following Miranda as he composes songs in Aaron Burr's actual bedroom; Christopher Jackson (who portrays George Washington in the show) as he takes a trip to Washington's grave; Miranda and Leslie Odom Jr. (who plays Aaron Burr) as they visit the Museum of American Finance; and Renée Elise Goldsberry, Phillipa Soo, and Jasmine Cephas Jones as they discover the lives of the Schuyler Sisters. The film will also include interviews with experts and personalities, as well as new footage of the production onstage at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.
Produced by RadicalMedia in association with Thirteen Productions LLC for WNET and PBS, Hamilton's America is produced by Nicole Pusateri, with Jon Kamen, Justin Wilkes, Dave Sirulnick, Jeffrey Seller and Lin-Manuel Miranda as executive producers. RadicalMedia also produced the documentary In the Heights: Chasing Broadway Dreams.
Directed by Thomas Kail and inspired by Ron Chernow's biography Alexander Hamilton, Hamilton explores the life of the American founding father and first Secretary of the Treasury, as well as his experiences as an orphan of the British West Indies who immigrated to the 13 Colonies and helped shape the United States of America. The show had its world premiere at the Public Theater in 2015.