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Hamilton Gives Disney+ A Big Spike In Downloads

People really, really eager to celebrate our nation's birth set to music, rap.

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After making its much-anticipated home debut on Disney+ over the July 4 weekend, we now have a sense of exactly how anticipated the musical Hamilton has really been.

Variety is reporting the Disney+ app has been downloaded 513,323 times globally, including 266,084 times in the U.S. That is 72.4% higher than the average of the four weekends in June 2020--and it should be noted that these numbers do not include India, Japan, or the widespread practice of people sharing their logins with friends and family.

Hamilton premiered Off-Broadway in 2015--and hit Broadway later that year--and quickly became a hot ticket, which the cast has anecdotally joked that you either had to be president or able to remortgage your house to get in and see it. The feature film version is a compilation of the best performances from a three-day 2016 shoot, and was originally slated for an October 15, 2021 theater event before COVID-19 turned it into a July 3, 2020 home-streaming event.

Hamilton is Lin-Manuel Miranda's historical hip-hop tribute to American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, inspired by the 2004 biography Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. The film version features the Broadway cast, which includes Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr., Daveed Diggs, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Jonathan Groff, Christopher Jackson, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos, and Phillipa Soo. The film version was directed by Thomas Kail, who also directed the Broadway show.

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