It may be nearly impossible to get tickets for this year's Tony-winning Best Musical, Hamilton, and, yes, the already confirmed Hamilton film may still be years off. But that doesn't mean that fans need to sit back and wait for the craze to die down to get a taste of their favorite staged history lesson. PBS just released the premiere date for the Hamilton behind-the-scenes documentary titled, Hamilton's America. The exclusive inside look into the record-breaking Tony-nominated musical is going to be aired in-part with PBS' Great Performance series, and it's coming to the small screen just in time for you and your friends to dress up as Alexander Hamilton for Halloween.
The Hamilton documentary television special has a Friday, October 21 premiere date, but fans can expect more than just clips from the show and a look into the creation of the musical in and of itself. According to an interview with Playbill.com , the show's creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, disclosed that, "It’s going to have footage from the show that no one has seen yet" and that “It’s not like the Heights doc. It’s not the road to Broadway. We lived that movie already. It’s a great little Great Performances movie; this is very different. This is sort of where Hamilton intersects with history."
The documentary will include appearances by President Barack Obama and the First Lady Michelle Obama, former President George W. Bush, Jimmy Fallon, and Questlove, all there to help tell and connect the musical's historical tale. Despite this not being the first time that one of Lin-Manuel Miranda's original new musicals has been covered by the series, it's certainly going to be a new approach than what fans may have been expecting.
In 2011, his Tony-winning musical, In The Heights, received an hour-long behind-the-scenes look at production, the show's original cast, and Miranda hard at work himself in the creation and staging of the show in In The Heights — Chasing Broadway Dreams. The very different, but I'm assuming equally as inspiring, full episode of that Great Performance series episode is available on YouTube and can be viewed above.
But, when it comes to Hamilton, set your DVRs. Knowing Lin Manual-Miranda's work, I think it's safe to say that we sure are in for an amazing experience. There's no way any Hamilton fan, large or small, is going to want to miss this.