Monday, May 20, 2024

Disney’s $75 Mil Pays Off: “Hamilton” Film Scores a 100 on Rotten Tomatoes, Soundtrack Jumps Back to Number 1 Almost 5 Years After Release


The “Hamilton” CD, the score to the hit Broadway show, was released on September 25, 2015. It was a hit right away, and stayed at the top of the charts for a couple of years. It was certified six times multiplatinum by the RIAA on April 4, 2019, making it the best-selling cast recording of all time

This morning, “Hamilton” is back at the top of the iTunes charts, and it’s probably going to be there for most of the summer. The reason? We are two days away from “Hamilton” streaming on DisneyPlus. I raved about the film version a couple of days ago. And everyone who’s seen it has loved it.

Indeed, “Hamilton” currently has a 100 on Rotten Tomatoes with 50 reviews. (I can’t wait to see who tries to knock it off that perch. There’s always someone.)

Disney paid $75 million for the rights to “Hamilton,” which seemed like a lot of money when they announced it. But actually, it was probably a bargain. When “Hamilton” hits DisneyPlus on Friday they’ll be lucky if the service doesn’t crash from demand. And there is a very good chance “Hamilton” will score Oscar nominations galore next year in every category it won at the Tony Awards and more. The movie is that good. I hope it gets to play in theaters sometime soon!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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