If the upcoming July 4 holiday in the States has you itching for an American history tour, there are few more entertaining ways to do that than with a Hamilton viewing party.
Now, there aren’t many things that compare to watching a Broadway musical up close, but seeing as many of us are stuck at home right now, watching from home will have to do.
And lucky for us, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s revolutionary, Tony Award-winning Broadway musical blockbuster Hamilton is available to watch on Disney+.
Find the perfect virtual venue
Pandemic Living means your watch party will likely be a socially distanced affair, but there are a number of browser extensions that make it possible for you to bring all of your pals into the room where it happens.
You probably heard the buzz about Netflix Party in the early days of Corona times. It’s a Chrome browser extension that, once installed and enabled by all, er, parties, allows multiple people to watch the same Netflix video at once and even text chat with each other in a sidebar during the show.
Now there is a myriad of options that work with other services as well, including Disney+.
You can use Disney’s GroupWatch feature to enjoy any film or series on the platform with friends and family if you’d like to sing along as a group. Details on how to set that up here.
Go behind the scenes
There’s no reason your Hamilton party has to end with the curtain call. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s masterpiece is a great way to get anyone interested in history and there is a bevy of behind-the-scenes material that explores both the making of the musical and the messages that feature in it.
The Undefeated Presents: Hamilton In-Depth
This roundtable discussion features Lin Manuel Miranda’s, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Leslie Odom Jr, David Diggs and many more cast members and walks through everything from the actor’s experience with the production to the message behind it.
Watch it on Disney+.
Hamilton: History Has Its Eyes On You
Robin Roberts hosts a discussion with Lin Manuel Miranda’s, Thomas Kail, Christopher Jackson, Leslie Odom Jr., Phillipa Soo, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Daveed Diggs and Harvard historian Anette Gordon-Reed.
Watch it on Disney+.
If you want more on Lin Manuel Miranda’s genius, check out this write up on In The Heights here. Happy watching, folks.
This article has been updated since its original publish date.