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'Hamilton' movie to debut in Middle East on July 4.

OSN will stream in the Middle East the film version of Lin-Manuel Miranda's Broadway musical "Hamilton" from July 4. (AFP file photo) Short Url

The filmed version of the original Broadway production of Lin-Manuel Miranda's smash-hit musical "Hamilton" will be available to stream in the Middle East from July 4, the day after its debut in the US on Disney+.

The eagerly awaited movie of the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning stage show will be available exclusively on the recently rebranded OSN Streaming as part of its partnership deal with Disney+ Originals. It is one of three high-profile programs that are coming soon to the service.

"Hamilton" -- which features a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway to tell the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton -- had a revolutionary effect on theater when it debuted in 2015, and subsequently has had a profound impact on culture, politics and education.

Recorded at The Richard Rodgers Theater in New York in June of 2016, the film transports the audience into the world of the Broadway show in a new and uniquely intimate way. Written by and starring Miranda, and directed by Thomas Kail, the musical was inspired by the 2004 biography "Alexander Hamilton" by Ron Chernow.

The show -- which won 11 Tony Awards, along with a Grammy Award, seven Olivier Awards and a Pulitzer Prize -- stars Miranda as Alexander Hamilton, with Daveed Diggs as Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson, Renee Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler, Jonathan Groff as King George, Christopher Jackson as George Washington, Jasmine Cephas Jones as Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds, Leslie Odom, Jr. as Aaron Burr, Okieriete Onaodowan as Hercules Mulligan/James Madison, Anthony Ramos as John Laurens/Philip Hamilton, and Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton.

"We are thrilled to be bringing the filmed version of Hamilton, the award-winning and widely popular Broadway musical exclusive to our audiences in the Middle East," said Rolla Karam, OSN's interim chief content officer.

"Our partnership with Disney+ gives OSN subscribers access to best-in-class content including from Disney, Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars, and National Geographic."

Also set to debut on the streaming service is "Who Killed Jeffrey Epstein?" The documentary, from Discovery ID, delves deep into the death of the financier, who was charged in July 2019 with sex trafficking and conspiracy, then found dead a month later in his jail cell.

Epstein was connected to some of the world's most prominent political figures and celebrities, and many believe he was murdered, although his death was officially ruled a suicide.

This three-hour special takes a closer look at Epstein's life and crimes, and the mysterious circumstances surrounding his death. It includes input from journalists, analysts and acquaintances, including Bill Mersey, who was Epstein's suicide watch "counselor" at the time of his death.

As civil unrest continues in America after the death of George Floyd, "Where Do We Go From Here?" is a documentary from the Oprah Winfrey Network in which the veteran presenter speaks to black thought leaders, activists and artists about systematic racism and the current state of America.

Featured guests include politician Stacey Abrams; journalist Charles M. Blow; Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms; Oscar-nominated filmmaker Ava DuVernay; professor and author Jennifer Eberhardt; journalist and Pulitzer prize-winning founder of the 1619 Project, Nikole Hannah-Jones; historian and "How to be an Anti-Racist" author Ibram Kendi; award-winning "Selma" actor David Oyelowo; Color of Change founder Rashad Robinson; and president of Repairers of the Breach, and co-chairman of the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, Bishop William J. Barber II.

As people have been forced to spend more time at home as a result of restrictions designed to slow the spread of the coronavirus, video streaming has increased massively. In an Ipsos survey, 70 percent of video-on-demand users said their usage had increased, and 40 percent said they intended to subscribe to an additional service.

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Author:Zaira Lakhpatwala
Publication:Arab News (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
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Date:Jul 1, 2020
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